On NYC Yeshiva Probe, DOE Still A Closed Book

Six months after promising an investigation, city remains mum, leaving advocates wondering how serious it will be.

02/16/2016 - 15:19
Deputy Managing Editor

Mum’s still the word at City Hall, six months after the Department of Education vowed to probe charges of substandard secular education for boys at some Brooklyn yeshivas.

And advocates are getting increasingly frustrated.

A complaint by dozens of ex-students, says boys leave yeshiva fluent in multiple languages, but not English. Michael Datikash/JW

Inclusion Panel At JTS: Expanding The Circle And Embracing Diversity

On Tuesday, December 8, The Jewish Theological Seminary hosted the Jack and Lewis Rudin Lecture, titled “Disabilities, Inclusion, and Jewish Education.” As an educator and researcher, I was honored to moderate the program with an esteemed panel of guests: Howard Blas, director, National Ramah Tikvah Network; Dori Frumin Kirshner, executive director, Matan; Arlene Remz, executive director, Gateways: Access to Jewish Education in Boston and Ilana Ruskay-Kidd, founder and head of school, The Shefa School in New York City.

I am sure many of you echo my enthusiasm when I say, “At last!” While disability issues are becoming an increasing priority on the communal Jewish agenda, we admittedly have a long way to go.

Disabilities, Inclusion and Jewish Education. Courtesy of JTS

The Latest From The Green, And Beyond

Can science and religion coexist in seminary?; bang for the buck at JTS; fighting BDS in California legislature.

01/13/2016 (All day)

Science For Rabbis-To-Be

In 2011, while serving at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester, Rabbi Geoff Mitelman took part in a “public conversation” with a Jewish evolutionary psychologist, a self-declared atheist. The discussion’s purpose was to show the common elements that science and religion share.

Expanding educational program by local rabbi shares theme of book by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

Learning Together While Living Apart

Westchester Hebrew’s college-credit distance-learning course puts Mamaroneck and Zhenjiang students in the same (virtual) classroom.

01/05/2016 - 16:19
Westchester Correspondent

When ambitious high school students pursue college-level courses, they usually take advanced placement classes taught by one of their own teachers.

Westchester Hebrew students in distance-learning class. Rosenberg/JW

Chasidic Parents, Yeshiva Grads Sue State For Ignoring Subpar Secular Ed

Class-action lawsuit focuses on Rockland County schools; DOE mum on NYC probe.

11/19/2015 - 19:00
Deputy Managing Editor


Yeshiva parents and graduates are suing the state for turning a blind eye to chasidic yeshivas that fail to provide boys with an adequate secular education.

From New Square to Williamsburg, Chasidic boys are getting a subpar secular education. Michael Datikash/JW

Three Ways Teachers Can Make Parents Their Partners

Editor's Note: Thanks to Lisa Friedman and Matan for sharing this blog, which originally appeared on the Matan web site.

In our Matan Institutes we work with Jewish Educators to guide them in including children of all abilities in Jewish education, offering concrete teaching tools for reaching every student and empowering them to make lasting change in their schools and communities. One of the things we discuss at length is the critical need for strong partnerships between parents and the school.

Educators and classroom teachers can often get “stuck” on the various ways that parents challenge them and they typically want specific pointers on how to handle difficult conversations with parents.

Parents As Our Partners. Courtesy Of Matan

Reversing Course, DOE Vows To Broaden Yeshiva Probe

Chancellor says officials to look into quality of secular ed by visiting schools — but as "supporters" not "inspectors."

10/07/2015 - 20:00
Deputy Managing Editor

Following sharp criticism by education activists that the city’s plan to investigate complaints of subpar secular education at dozens of chasidic yeshivas didn’t go far enough, a city official told The Jewish Week that the probe has been expanded to include school visits. 

In Williamsburg, chasidic boys study long hours each day, but all but 90 minutes are spent on Jewish texts. Michael Datikash/JW

Councilman Vows To Toughen Yeshiva Probe

Ed chair Daniel Dromm becomes first pol to take a stand on claims of subpar secular studies at chasidic schools.

09/07/2015 - 20:00

After four years of complaints about the near-dearth of secular education at dozens of chasidic yeshivas in Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park, a city councilman has jumped into the fray, vowing to do everything in his power to ensure the probe is thorough, The Jewish Week and WNYC have learned.

Daniel Dromm is first pol to call for better secular ed in yeshivas. Courtesy of NYC Council/W. Alatriste

Don't Know Much About History

Inside the battle to improve chasidic education.

09/07/2015 - 20:00

When Moshe graduated from his chasidic yeshiva in Borough Park two decades ago, he thought getting a job would be easy. After all, growing up, he was always told by his teachers that chasidic people are the most “desirable to hire.”

Visit any chasidic preschool in Brooklyn and you probably won't hear a single child speaking English. The Jewish Week

BDS: The Legal Fights To Come

Special To The Jewish Week
08/18/2015 - 20:00

Everyone, it seems, is in the BDS game these days: Sheldon Adelson, the Presbyterian Church, American universities and their students, national Jewish groups — and, not least, Congress and state legislatures. 

A sign calling for the boycott of Israeli products in Bethlehem. Getty Images
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