Jewish Education

Connecting Young People To Jewish Wisdom

07/26/2016 - 10:30
Special To The Jewish Week

A huddle of people — some with beards and tallit bags, and others with short skirts and cellphones — slapped the bar mitzvah boy on the back, congratulating him on a job well done. As soon as the beards turned away, the cellphones clandestinely slipped the New Jewish Man checks for $180. The boy — let’s call him Matthew — had mumbled his way through a Torah portion (which he did not understand) well enough to become a Jewish young adult in a synagogue he had been visiting twice a week for the past few months.

Leora Eisenberg

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

Diverse Group Calls For Action To Counter 'Self-Imposed' Communal 'Helplessness'

09/29/2015 - 20:00

The 2013 Pew Study of American Jewry offers powerful evidence of a threat to what may be called the American Jewish Middle — engaged Jews outside of Orthodoxy — due to late marriage, non-marriage, intermarriage and low birthrates. In fact, over 2 million adults with Jewish parents no longer regard themselves as Jewish.

Why Some Public School Parents Are Switching To Jewish Schools

Data suggests that hundreds of students are making the change, whether 'pulled' to day schools or 'pushed' from public.

08/30/2015 - 20:00

When Ali Martell’s eldest daughter reached school age, Martell and her husband both assumed she’d go to a Jewish day school, as they had.

An “outside classroom” at Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit. JTA

Plan For Yeshiva Probe Called Inadequate

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

08/11/2015 - 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 rather it will depend entirely on documents supplied by the yeshivas themselves, The Jewish Week has learned.

In Williamsburg, chasidic kids tend to be excellent readers — in Hebrew and Yiddish. English, not so much. Michael Datikash/JW

The Modern Orthodox Brain Drain: Part II

'I don’t know when being Modern Orthodox became synonymous with being rich, but it has.'

03/25/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Kudos to Elli Fischer for drawing attention to a fundamental crisis within American Modern Orthodoxy, one that is even graver than his diagnosis. (“Modern Orthodoxy Has Its Costs,” Opinion, Feb. 27)

The costs of Modern Orthodox life have many feeling like they're emotionally and financially underwater. Fotolia

Teachers Need To Respect Their Students

02/26/2015 - 19:00

A few years ago in one of my first classes as a doctoral student in education, the professor asked our class to write down what we perceive to be the top five problems in Jewish education.  As the professor went around the room asking us to name the problems on our lists, students mentioned high tuition costs and low teacher’s salaries. I mentioned “respect,” to the puzzlement of the teacher and students. But let me explain through a true story shared with me by a Jewish day school graduate.

Beth Hait

Creating Great Jewish Learning Experiences for All Kinds of Learners

Adam Rogers knows what it’s like to face challenges in school or in interactions with friends. As a younger kid, he experienced anger management issues. Now, as a high school sophomore, Adam helps others overcome their own set of learning challenges through the B’Tzelem: Jewish Teen Learning Companions at five Cleveland area congregations.

“My role in B’Tzelem is one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done,” says Adam, who helps an 8th grader at Kol Chadash in Solon, OH.

B'Tzelem Teen Fellow. Courtesy of Jason Edelstein

Environmental Concerns Rooted In Torah

10/07/2014 - 20:00

Gary Rosenblatt expresses frustration about the absence of Jewish education in showing how a
commitment to protecting the environment is rooted in Jewish tradition (“An Inconvenient Truth,” Editor’s column, Sept. 26).

Jewish Winners, Losers In New Pre-K

DOE rules favor schools on far left and far right.

09/08/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

More than 50,000 4-year-olds headed off to the city’s expanded free preschool program last week. But for Jewish preschools, the new program has only benefitted those at the ends of the religious spectrum, leaving schools in the middle shut out.

Mazel Day School in Brighton Beach, above, is not participating in New York City's pre-K program. Amy Sara Clark/JW
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