Education

Yom HaShoah Kindness

04/20/2010

Your excellent, if saddening, articles in honor of Yom HaShoah led us to wonder: What if, alongside existing ways of observing the day, we consecrated the 27th of Nisan as a day of “chesed” (loving-kindness) toward Holocaust survivors?

Mom's Bat Mitzvah

06/20/2008
Editorial Intern

Bonnie Panzok is just trying to catch up with her children.

When Panzok sent her kids to Jewish day school to get the education she never got, she watched as their knowledge grew exponentially and surpassed her own. But now, Panzok, after a crash course in Jewish history and rituals, has soared ahead, filling in the gaps in her own Jewish learning.

New Look For 14th Street Y

Revamp of facility and programming pays off for the East Village institution.

12/18/2009
Staff Writer

Even before he was born, 6-year-old Shane Fleming spent lots of time in the 14th Street Y’s pool, a 20-year-old neighborhood oasis that is now home to some of his favorite weekly classes.
 

“Shane literally took every class he could possibly take since he was born” up to the present, said his mother, and longtime Y member, Jill Shely. “He totally feels like the Y is his home.”
 

Upstairs a child learns to read outside the preschool, where a LABA artist’s rendition of the orchard theme decorates the space.

Fighting for Israel and Remembering the Holocaust

A controversial vote at the University of California, Berkeley, and Holocaust commemorations around the country are keeping Jewish students active in the days between Holocaust Memorial Day and Israel Independence Day.

04/16/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Berkeley Student Senate Uphold Veto of Divestment Measure

After nearly eight hours of debate that ended at 7:30 this morning, the Associated Students of the University of California, Berkeley (ASUC) Senate upheld a veto by President Will Smelko of a bill passed in support of divestment from companies with ties to Israel’s military.

Yom HaShoah 2010: The Cello, The Dress And The Autograph Book

Three new books explore the Holocaust through the prism of everyday objects

Jewish Week Book Critic
04/15/2010

Mundane objects can be the containers of powerful stories. Those objects take on a degree of holiness when they are infused with memory and loss, and are the only tangible connection to lives and times that are no more.

Three new books related to the dark history of the Holocaust, are connected to objects that have become priceless and symbolic: a cello, a child’s dress and an autograph book.

Time was out of the hands of labor camp inmates, but celloist Lev Aronson kept a life-saving beat in his head.

Take Your Daughter To Church Day

Looks like, despite my railing against Joseph Reyes, the court has ruled in his favor. (Imagine that: not everyone is swayed by my opinions!)

Reyes is the Catholic Chicago dad who had his 3-year-old daughter baptized without his estranged Jewish wife’s permission.

Jewish Music That Doesn’t Kid Around

With her ‘Shir Fun’ classes and albums, singer Dafna Israel-Kotok
is at the forefront of a new type of Jewish children’s edu-tainment.

04/13/2010
Associate Editor

On a Wednesday morning shortly before Passover, in a sunny room overlooking the Henry Hudson Parkway, Dafna Israel-Kotok is in her element.

Joyously shaking her long, straight black hair as she plays guitar and sings for about 10 small children and their moms, the 30-something Sabra musician freely alternates between English and her native Hebrew.

Dafna Israel-Kotok: Kids music “you can grow with.” Photo courtesy of Shir Fun

Incentives To Lure Faithful Seen Growing

In bid to stabilize neighborhoods, more Modern Orthodox shuls
offering cash for new blood.

04/13/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

When Phillip and Aviva Angel felt priced out of Park Slope, Brooklyn, and wanted to find a Modern Orthodox community where they could put down permanent roots, they searched the Internet for Jewish housing incentives.

“Being Modern Orthodox and the father of sons, I didn’t feel there were really any options for affordable Orthodox Jewish education in Brooklyn,” said Angel, a self-employed architectural consultant. “We were also looking for a suburb where you can commute affordably to New York City.”

Have money, will relocate? Fleetwood Synagogue in Mt. Vernon is offering up to $30,000 for new families. Michael Datikash

Joshua Venture Betting On Known Quantities

The revamped group’s list of eight fellows, many of them incubated elsewhere, positions it as an advanced-stage funder.

04/13/2010
Staff Writer

Joshua Venture Group, the newly re-launched fellowship that trains Jewish social entrepreneurs, announced its 2010-2012 cohort of eight fellows on Monday. Each of the Dual Investment Program fellows will receive $40,000 in “seed funding” per year over the course of a two-year period, as well as $20,000 in health benefits, in addition to individual coaching and organizational support.

Environmental and social justice groups were big winners in the first Joshua Venture grants since group reformed.
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