Jewish Education

A Revival Spreads

For isolated members of Poland’s Jewish community, a new online Jewish learning program.

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01/15/2014

A Jewish teen at a public school in a town in Poland was struggling with his German-language studies early in the academic year last year. Already enrolled in an after-school, online Jewish education program run by a Jewish day school in Warsaw, he signed up for optional instruction in German offered by the program.

Born in Poland, Hadassah Buchwald-Pawlak designed an online Jewish education program. Photo courtesy Lander College for Women

The Fundamental Flaw In Jewish Education

09/17/2013
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Another Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur have come and gone and you pat yourself on the back for having made it through the long synagogue spell, dutifully reading the prayers just how you’d been taught in Hebrew school as a youngster. But now you wonder if knowing how to read the Hebrew words is the sum of your identity as a Jew. What about what those words represent, what about your emotional connection to them as a Jew in the 21st century?  

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J.T. Waldman On Jewish Comics And Interactive Education

Did you know that many of your favorite comics were written by Jews? Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with 2010 36 Under 36 alumni JT Waldman about Jewish comics and interactive education.

New Hope For Schechter

07/17/2013
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With almost $2 million in new funding and an incoming executive director who is a rising star in the movement, North America’s network of Conservative day schools is looking to pull itself out of a decade-long slump.

Jon Mitzmacher, a rising star in Jewish education, will take the helm of The Schechter Day School Network.

‘Family Time’ Hebrew School

Upper East Side temple’s alternative Masa program offers parents and kids flexibility and togetherness.

07/03/2013
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Edward Schnitzer remembers his father dropping him off every week for Sunday school and hanging out at the men’s club while the kids sat in a classroom.

Masa families learn and play together as part of new Hebrew school model. Photos courtesy of Shaaray Tefila

'Sefaria' Text Site Could Expand Jewish Learning

Two 30-year-olds want to make the entire Jewish canon available in ‘interactive’ form. Can they pull it off?

06/19/2013
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Note: A sidebar accompanies this piece.

Imagine being able to access every major Judaic text, in the original and in English translation, free of charge and from one website.

Through Sefaria, Joshua Foer and Brett Lockspeiser want to reduce barriers to Jewish text study. Michael Datikash

Google Glass and Jewish Education

In 1982 when I was in first grade at Hillel Day School, a Jewish day school in Metropolitan Detroit, my father brought in our family’s Apple II computer for show-and-tell. There were no computers in the school at that time so it was a seminal technological moment for the school. I’m sure my father figured he would blow my classmates minds by showing them how to type a few lines of the LOGO programming language and get the turtle cursor to turn and move across the screen. However, my peers didn’t have any mind-blowing experiences that day -- it was only the beginning of what our generation would come to expect from computers and technology.

Hillel Fuld, a technology evangelist in Israel, tries Google Glass. Photo courtesy Hillel Fuld

JESNA To Shut Down After 32 Years

06/07/2013
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The Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA) will cease operations as of July 1. In an announcement sent out Friday, Cass Gottlieb, chair of JESNA's board of directors, noted the dramatic changes that have taken place in the communal and educational landscapes in recent years.

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Round Of Honors For Educators

Area Jewish teachers get Covenant, other awards.

06/06/2013
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With the last day of school on the horizon, some Jewish educators are receiving not just year-end cards and gifts, but prominent awards.

The Covenant Foundation just announced the three recipients for its annual Covenant Award: Zion Ozeri of The Jewish Lens, Howard Blas of Camp Ramah in New England and Judy Finkelstein-Taff of Chicago Jewish Day School.

Zion Ozeri, winner of a Covenant Award for education.

Startup Nation Takes On Hebrew School

American publisher and Israeli nonprofit team up on groundbreaking Jewish ed-tech incubator.

06/04/2013
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In a move likely to give the fledgling Jewish educational technology field a much-needed shot of capital and know-how, an Israeli nonprofit and an American publishing company best known for its Hebrew school textbooks are teaming up to create the first-ever incubator focused on developing Jewish educational games, apps, software and other high-tech resources.

Israel’s Center for Educational Technology (CET) and the Springfield, N.J.-based Behrman House announced the joint project Tuesday — the news was closely guarded until then — at CET’s annual “Shaping The Future: Innovation, Education and Entrepreneurship” conference in Tel Aviv.

David Behrman, of Behrman House, Gila Ben-Har of CET and Avi Warshavsky of MindCET announce new incubator. Behrman House
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