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Summer Camp, Meet Online Dating

The secret to Jewish continuity might be at hand, new website baits.

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Lucy Cohen-Cirlin and Shuki Cohen-Cirlin celebrated their wedding last year. They met at Ramah Summer Seminar in 2005.For Lucy Cohen, now Cohen-Cirlin, marrying Jewish was always a priority. The daughter of a Conservative rabbi and a Jewish educator, marrying out was “not really an option,” said Cohen-Cirlin, 25, a social worker living on the Upper West Side, in a recent phone interview.

Jaclyn and Max Gorney met as campers at Ramah. Courtesy of Reshet Ramah

Teachers Teaching Teachers — With A Lot On The Line

With retention a big problem for day schools, mentoring programs are increasingly important.

Staff Writer
08/19/2014 - 20:00

New teachers can be apprehensive about many things, but one fear unites them all: the dreaded parent-teacher conference.

Jewish day school teachers attend three-day training seminar in New York to learn how to mentor beginning teachers. Nina Bruder.

Study Suggests Fixes For Israel Detachment

The road to affinity with Israel runs through relationships with other Jews, wherever they are found, study says.

05/06/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Between a quarter and a half of all day school students feel detached from Israel. To fix the problem, it may actually be more helpful for students to see their parents serving on the board of the local JCC than for the family to visit the Jewish State.

A child’s affinity with Israel grows from ties with Jews from afar, be it Haifa or Hartford, a study found. Michael Daitikash/JW

In Jewish Montessori's Niche, Enrollment Is Growing

02/04/2013 - 19:00
Associate Editor

While non-haredi Jewish day school enrollment in general has been flat, the Montessori niche is growing.

Overall Day School Enrollment Stable

Losses in Conservative, Reform movements; Camp foundation mapping special-needs services.
01/07/2013 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Overall day school enrollment outside the fervently Orthodox yeshiva world was relatively stable this year,

Overall Day School Enrollment Stable

01/08/2013 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Editor's Note: This is an updated version of an article posted Jan. 4, which contained some errors.

Overall day school enrollment outside the fervently Orthodox yeshiva world was relatively stable this year, despite concerns that the economy would spur sharp declines.

Will ‘Startup Nation’ Fuel Jewish Ed-tech?

Online resources, many Israel-based, are slowly emerging for day schools — impact on teachers is the ‘No. 1’ question.
08/06/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

When Smadar Goldstein made aliyah 14 years ago, she didn’t anticipate long hours in front of a computer, a headset with earphones and microphone her constant fashion accessory.

“I wanted to teach Tanach,” she said, using the Hebrew word for the Bible. “But here, every Noach and Rachel is a Tanach teacher.”

Smadar Goldstein teaches online from her home in Jerusalem. MICHAEL DATIKASH

Deborah Fishman, Weaving the Jewish network.

Associate Editor
05/21/2012 - 20:00

Deborah Fishman, 28

Twitter: @deborahfishman
http://hachavaya.blogspot.com

Deborah Fishman has no loom, warp, weft or shuttle. Instead the tools of this self-described “network weaver” — who seeks to bring together like-minded Jewish activists and professionals into a strong, vibrant fabric — are the Internet, phone, conferences, face-to-face meetings and endless rounds of Jewish Geography.

Deborah Fishman

Jewish Version Of TED Talks Launched

05/07/2012 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

At last, the Jewish community has its very own version of TED — sort of.

Novelist Dara Horn spoke on anti-Semitism at the “ELI talks” event in Atlanta.

Indie Minyan Movement Grapples with Day School Cost

04/23/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

With recession-battered parents concerned about affordability, and with cheaper alternatives like summer camp and Hebrew charter schools in vogue among philanthropists, it makes sense that the so-called “value proposition” — making the case for why a day school education is worth the money — has become a buzz phrase in the Jewish day school world.

Rabbi Ethan Tucker: Exploring “who deserves” a Jewish education.
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