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

Yeshiva Probe — Or Punt?

DOE investigation of 39 chasidic schools relies solely on documents provided by the schools themselves.

08/04/2015 - 20:00
Deputy Managing Editor

The city’s plan for investigating the quality of secular instruction at dozens of Brooklyn chasidic yeshivas won’t include site visits and will depend entirely on documents supplied by the yeshivas themselves, The Jewish Week has learned.

Yaffed's most recent billboard, in which the children tell their father they want to study secular subjects. Courtesy of Yaffed

De Blasio: 'Zero Tolerance' For Subpar Math, English In Yeshivas

Mayor gets behind DOE investigation of secular education in dozens of Brooklyn chasidic schools.

07/27/2015 - 20:00
Deputy Managing Editor

City officials have confirmed they will investigate a complaint alleging that dozens of Brooklyn yeshivas are violating state law by giving their students a subpar education in English, math and other secular subjects. 

A billboard Yaffed put up in Williamsburg earlier this year. Courtesy of Yaffed

Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green’s Bible Curriculum Is A Hit In Israeli Schools

06/15/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem - Students at 16 Israeli high schools are completing a yearlong pilot program developed by the Washington-based Museum of the Bible, funded by the billionaire Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby craft store chain.

Students gather around a tablet screen overlaid onto the hardcopy curriculum textbook. RNS

Pinning Of Yellow Star On 3-Year-Old Reignites Israeli Education Debate

05/05/2015 - 20:00

On April 19, Keren Zachmi’s daughter returned from her kindergarten near Tel Aviv wearing a yellow patch emblazoned with the word “Jude.”

Using 3-D Printing To Bring Jewish History To Life

HAFTR teacher, four others, named Jewish Education Project’s 2015 “Young Pioneers.”

03/10/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

It is one of the commendable contradictions of Jewish learning that its educators, in the service of imparting their traditional wisdom, are continually seeking innovative methods and means.

HAFTR's Benjamin Gross was honored for integrating cutting edge technology into the school's Jewish study program.

Bid For Better Secular Ed In Yeshivas Heading Toward Court

After ed officials ignore requests for oversight nonprofit looks for plaintiffs, puts up new billboard.

03/10/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Failing to get a response from city and state officials, an organization pushing for better secular education in charedi yeshivas is gearing up to bring the issue to court.

Yaffed's current billboard, in the heart of Williamsburg. Courtesy of Yaffed

Pre-K On Sunday? Orthodox Groups Divided On New UPK Options

Changes like allowing schools to open six days a week called a good first step by some, unreasonable by others.

02/18/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The de Blasio administration announced rule changes aimed at making it easier for Jewish schools to participate in its signature free universal preschool program. But Jewish organizations are divided on just how helpful these changes will be.

While Agudath Israel of America, an umbrella organization for chasidic and black-hat Orthodox groups, said the new rules represent “meaningful changes,” the Orthodox Union called the changes “cosmetic.” 

The city's new rules will allow preschools to operate six days a week. But would they want to? Michael Datikash/JW

When Universal Pre-K Is Not Universal

02/11/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

“We will offer every child, from every borough of this city, truly universal, full-day Pre-K.”

That was Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to the children of New York City one year ago in his inaugural State of the City address. The Mayor's pledge of a free pre-K program available to every four-year-old in New York City — regardless of background, religion, or socio-economic status — signaled an exciting and visionary approach to early childhood education for all New York preschoolers.

East Ramapo School Board Fires Back Following Scathing Report

Board president Yehudah Weissmandl says there's 'another side to the story.'

12/03/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Following a report recommending state oversight for the embattled East Ramapo Central School  District, the board president fires back, arguing that the report made unfair characterizations and omitted relevant information.

East Ramapo's school board disputed how it was "characterized" in the state report but agreed to oversight. Michael Datikash/JW
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