Jewish Education

The Modern Orthodox Brain Drain: Part II

03/26/2015

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)

Teachers Need To Respect Their Students

02/27/2015

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

10/08/2014

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.

09/09/2014
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

A Revival Spreads

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

Staff Writer
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
Special To The Jewish Week

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?  

Simon Klarfeld

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
Associate Editor

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
Associate Editor

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
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