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Will Smartphones & Handhelds Lead to an Educational Revolution?

In a recent blog post, my colleague and teacher Rabbi Hayim Herring writes about the Fast Company article that questions whether the introduction of smartphones and handheld computers into classrooms worldwide will be the start of an educational revolution. Anya Kamenetz, author of the book DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education wonders "How technology could unleash childhood creativity -- and transform the role of the teacher."

Is an Educational Revolution Ahead?

Olympian Wrestler, YU Coach, Dies At 91

03/18/2010

Henry Wittenberg, an amateur wrestler who won medals at the Olympic Games and Maccabiah Games and served as the wrestling coach at Yeshiva University, died March 9 at his home in Somers. He was 91.
 
Mr. Wittenberg, a native of Jersey City, competed in chess and swimming at Dickinson High School, but turned to wrestling at City College. A collegiate star, he went undefeated in more than 300 matches during the 1940s and won eight Amateur Athletic Union titles..
 

Finding Jobs, And Hope, For Ethiopian Gen-Xers

Small Israeli group is having big impact in helping university grads find jobs, beat back bias.

02/25/2010
Editor And Publisher

Until she was in her early 30s, Yifat Ovadia, an Ashkenazi native of Beersheba, veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and university graduate, had never met an Ethiopian Jew.

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Soccer And Sabras

06/28/2002
Special To The Jewish Week

I began playing soccer with my Israeli father when I was 5, just after the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Perhaps it was just coincidence, my physical coordination having then reached the point of being able to kick a ball the size of my torso around a patch of grass. But at some point I began to link my father's insistence on his son's physical self-sufficiency with his existential dread of what might happen to Israel.

Swimming Toward Truth

01/21/2005
Special To The Jewish Week

Yonatan Zilberman may have been a bit hesitant when he began thinking about directing his first film, the documentary “Watermarks.” After all, his academic background at MIT was in physics and business. He was executive producing another documentary when he first learned of the amazing story of the Hakoah Vienna sports club and its assemblage of world-class Jewish athletes, but he wasn’t — strictly speaking — a filmmaker.

His friend and soon-to-be-co-producer, Yonatan Israel, however, never had any doubts.

Learning Access, To Gain Access

Staff Writer
12/08/2009
For the past several years, Devorah has spent her professional life giving workshops on Jewish meditation, practicing holistic healing and acting as a life coach, as well as singing in the tradition of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. She never thought much about seeking a stable career that would secure her future. But, now in her late 40s and with the economy dipping, these days Devorah worries more about the practicalities of life, like a pension, retirement benefits and security, than she ever did in the past.

Ex-Fencers On Guard For Old Coach

06/20/2008
Staff Writer
The hundreds of Yeshiva University and Stern College students who took up epee, foil and saber during Arthur Tauber's quarter-century as fencing coach talk about how he would make time for his young athletes. After practice, on bus rides, often late at night he would counsel the students, serving as a sounding board or surrogate parent. This month many of Tauber's onetime fencers will make time for him.

Ten Ways Yeshivas Can Save Money

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

There is no more important factor in preserving Jewish identity than full-time education in yeshivas or day schools. But private schools are an expensive business, especially when the costs of both mandatory secular studies and religious instruction are factored in. As parents face layoffs, salary cuts or declining business revenues, their ability to pay tens of thousands of dollars in private tuition is fading, and schools are feeling the crunch. More than ever they are being forced to assess how to cut costs to lower or at least freeze tuition.

Learning Access, To Gain Access

Staff Writer
12/09/2009

For the past several years, Devorah has spent her professional life giving workshops on Jewish meditation, practicing holistic healing and acting as a life coach, as well as singing in the tradition of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach. She never thought much about seeking a stable career that would secure her future.

But, now in her late 40s and with the economy dipping, these days Devorah worries more about the practicalities of life, like a pension, retirement benefits and security, than she ever did in the past.

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