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Will New Hebrew School Model Help Or Undermine Synagogues?

Collaborative Jewish Journey Project recruits pilot cohort, but turf questions linger.
05/22/2012 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Does Hebrew school sound a little too 20th century for your third grader?

How about eight weeks of “Talmudic Stories In Stop-Motion Animation,” a session of “Create Your Own Hip-Hop Siddur” or a winter break spent doing Jewish theater? Or perhaps your child would prefer to learn Hebrew through a Saturday-night ropes course taught by a former Israel Defense Forces lieutenant?

The Jewish Journey Project is the brainchild of Rabbi Joy Levitt.

My Daughter's Bat Mitzvah: The Four-Year Plan

My oldest daughter is not yet 9, and her bat mitzvah has already become a topic of discussion in our house.

Don’t get the wrong idea: I’m not one of those super-organized-plan-everything-in-advance-type people, and I’m certainly not that kind of mom (which you would know if you saw the backlog of forms and permission slips piling up on my desk.)

But my niece’s bat mitzvah is coming up next month, and her older sister’s bat mitzvah, two years ago, is still fresh in our memories.

QR Codes in Jewish Education

I'm often asked what I think will be the "next big thing" when it comes to technology and Jewish education. Recently, I've been focused on QR codes. You know those odd little squares that look like a cross between a thumbprint and a bar code? Scanning that QR code automatically provides you with information about whatever it was that you just scanned. A lot of information. Scan a book and immediately be able to search inside its pages or find the lowest price online to purchase it.

How will QR codes be the next big thing in Jewish education?

Can Online Portals Transform Hebrew Schools?

Content providers like Behrman House are looking to take learning beyond the classroom in race to the digital top.
11/21/2011 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Imagine your child’s Hebrew school homework isn’t on some worksheet crumpled at the bottom of her backpack, forgotten until time to leave the house on Sunday morning.

Cleveland educators participate in a technology conference. Photo by Dave Weinberg

The ‘Wizards’ Of Greenwich

Can a ‘fun’-based Hebrew school run by a charismatic woman work magic for supplemental education?
10/24/2011 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Greenwich, Conn. — It’s a sunny, crisp Sunday morning in October, and inside the auditorium of the stately Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich building, about 50 kids, many wearing red hoodies and soccer shirts of various colors emblazoned with the words “Hebrew Wizards,” are sitting cross-legged on a large, brightly colored rug, singing “It is A Tree of Life,” a folk version of the song “Eitz Chaim.”

Surrounded by Wizard Boards, participants come together for prayer and music. Photos by Robert “Buster” Salomon, Jr.

The Jewish Classroom, More Wired Than Ever

Also published in the Jewish Week's Fall Education supplement.

Many 30- and 40-year-olds will remember when a cart with a computer and monitor was wheeled into the classroom and students formed a single line waiting for a chance to use the device for a few minutes. Perhaps it was typing out a few lines of code in BASIC to move the cursor several inches along the screen, or perhaps it was creating an elementary art design.

Kindergarten through 2nd grade students at the Jewish Academy of Orlando will have new iPads this year.

What Do We Want From Hebrew Schools?

08/14/2008 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher
No matter what you call them — Hebrew schools, religious, congregational or supplementary schools — they have long been the whipping boy of American Jewish life, blamed for providing a superficial education and the most negative Jewish experience in a young person’s life.
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