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Fresh Debate Over New National Charter School Movement

Steinhardt-backed group looks to seed 20 new schools, while other charter supporters call vision 'misguided.'

02/03/2010
Associate Editor

The race to establish a national Hebrew charter schools movement has officially begun, igniting a growing, and fierce, debate about the vision and purpose of schools that could potentially revolutionize the American Jewish education landscape.

Principal Maureen Campbell with students at Brooklyn's Hebrew Language Academy Charter School

Protest At Agudah

05/22/2009
Special to The Jewish Week

The battle over legislation that would remove the statute of limitations on child sexual abuse for one year took to the streets Sunday night, complete with a dose of sophisticated street theater.

Top Doc Scared Off Panel On Rabbinic Sex Molesters

09/12/2008
Special to The Jewish Week

 A prominent Orthodox rabbi and psychologist has been intimidated into quitting as head of a just-formed task force dealing with rabbinic sex abuse of minors, organized by Assemblyman Dov Hikind this week.

Dr. Benzion Twerski told The Jewish Week Wednesday that he was quitting the task force because “I was prosecuted in the street for daring to join such a venture.”

A Charge Of Double Betrayal In Williamsburg

09/05/2008
Special to The Jewish Week

Joel Engelman was 8 years old the first time he was summoned to the principal’s office at his Satmar school in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Not knowing what he might have done to provoke the call, Joel was nervous, as his principal, Rabbi Avrohom Reichman, had a reputation for being strict.

A Charge Of Double Betrayal In Williamsburg

09/05/2008
Special to The Jewish Week

Joel Engelman was 8 years old the first time he was summoned to the principal’s office at his Satmar school in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Not knowing what he might have done to provoke the call, Joel was nervous, as his principal, Rabbi Avrohom Reichman, had a reputation for being strict.

Mixed Signs On West Bank After Spike in Violence

Despite the calls for revenge, Nablus residents are not eager to resume the militarized uprising against Israel.

12/30/2009
Israel correspondent

Tapuach Junction, West Bank — Just two days after a spike in Israeli-Palestinian violence, the bipolar mood at this crossroads was startling.

On the southbound side of the road, soldiers at a checkpoint were pulling over more Palestinian motorists than usual for spot checks — a sign of heightened security.

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Ramaz Pulls Plug On Condo Tower

07/02/2008
Staff Writer
Faced with stiff neighborhood opposition, the Ramaz Lower School on East 85th Street has withdrawn its controversial application for variances from the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals, The Jewish Week has learned.     Jeff Mulligan, executive director at the BSA, confirmed the withdrawal Tuesday.  

Found In Translation

06/18/2008
Staff Writer
When Rina Ne’eman tells people that she runs a Hebrew translation company, they mistakenly assume that she sits all day in a dusty library translating the Bible or that she works for the United Nations.      

Wikipedia 101

05/14/2008
Staff Writer
New to Wikipedia? The Jewish Week spoke with Jay Walsh, head of communications for WikimediaFoundation.org, who shed light on the rules that govern the creation of the popular online encyclopedia.     Jewish Week: Who can edit Wikipedia?     Jay Walsh: Anyone.     How do I edit Wikipedia?     Just click on the “edit this page” tab.Wikipedia encourages editors to choose usernames that are not connected to your personal identity. 

Conversion Institute Head Raps Chief Rabbinate

12/26/2007
Staff Writer
Professor Benjamin Ish-Shalom is head of the Joint Conversion Institute, a network of study centers aimed at helping immigrants, including the estimated 300,000 people from the former Soviet Union, convert to Judaism. The Institute, which represents Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jews, was established by the Israeli government and the Jewish agency following the Ne’eman Commission’s recommendations in April 1998.
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