At 98, Mina Bern was one of the few remaining stars from Second Avenue’s heyday.
Special To The Jewish Week
She was one of the last supports of a world that was crumbling to pieces.
When Mina Bern died of heart failure last week at the age of 98, the Yiddish theater world mourned one of its leading lights, an indefatigable performer and champion of the Yiddish language whose career spanned three continents and virtually the whole of the 20th century.
At New Jersey conference — the first collaboration by all the movements —
educators seek ways to lower costs, engage families.
Teaneck, N.J. — A little-known foundation based in the Philadelphia suburbs is piloting an adult Jewish education program for parents of local day school students, one that aims to increase parental buy-in for the day school system while also easing some of the tuition burden.
The Kohelet Fellowship is providing a tuition credit of $1,000 for individual parents and $1,500 for couples at four Jewish day schools in the Delaware Valley in return for participation in 16 weekly phone sessions with a Partners-in-Torah mentor over the course of the school year.
Deep in the bowels of a Prospect Heights apartment building that looks just like any other in this trendy neighborhood, down a long, winding hallway flanked on either side with burnished doors, 30 young children spend their days learning how to learn.
The entryway of The Bronx High School of Science is dominated by an enormous, tiled mural depicting scientists and their empirical discoveries, along with a quotation by the famous philosopher and education reformer John Dewey: “Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.”
But in the case of the only Holocaust museum located within a New York City public school, imagination accounts for more than just scientific advancement.
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
In light of the controversy over Manis Friedman’s remarks about the Jewish way to wage war against Arabs, here’s something from Chabad.org about how the Lubavitcher rebbe approached the same question, years ago. It was originally posted during Israel’s war in Gaza.
(Click HERE for original page)
Should I Pray For The Death Of Terrorists?
By Tzvi Freeman
When Arye Sufrin graduated from the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University, his future looked bright: the new graduate got married, spent a year in Israel, and was set to return to the United States to work at Deloitte and Touche as a certified public accountant.
But things did not go as planned for Sufrin, who is now 24 years old. While in Israel, he began teaching students in a yeshiva and found the work more rewarding than he could have imagined.
Although Gail Rusgo and her husband are Orthodox and attended day schools, they’ve decided not to have their children follow in their educational footsteps.
Rusgo, a teacher, told her rabbi at the Lido Beach Synagogue on Long Island, “I’m going to be sending my children to public schools, and we need more children.”