Jewish Education

Hebrew Charter Proposed For Harlem-Upper West Side

Concern over how it might affect area day schools.
02/07/2011 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Just weeks after Shalom Academy, a proposed Hebrew charter school serving the heavily Jewish suburbs of Englewood and Teaneck won New Jersey state approval, an application has been submitted for a Hebrew charter serving another major Jewish population hub, the Upper West Side.

Harlem Hebrew’s lead applicant Sara Berman: District 3 “perfect area” for Hebrew-language charter school.

Day Schools Exploring Online Learning

Los Angeles – Jewish day schools may soon be making more use of students taking online courses in secular subjects as a means of reducing tuition costs while accessing a wide range of academic topics for students.

In an effort to address the educational and financial concerns among the day schools they help support, the Avi Chai Foundation has endorsed eLearning – taking courses online – as providing increased access, motivation and flexibility for students, as well as developing digital literacy skills required for the 21st century.

Teaneck Charter Sparking Fresh Debate

Opening salvos issued for and against Bergen County school; Washington Heights next for Hebrew-language school?
01/24/2011 - 19:00
Associate Editor

By September 2012, there may well be a Hebrew charter school at each end of the George Washington Bridge.

Classroom at Brooklyn’s Hebrew Language Academy Charter School, which Washington Heights school is using as a model.

Alef Bet Learning for Kids on iPad

At a recent Family Camp experience with twenty other young Jewish families, I noticed something that had changed from the previous year's gathering. iPads. This year, they were everywhere. You might think that it was the adults using Apple's slick tablets to read books, check email, or play Angry Birds. But it was actually the youngest of participants who were using the iPad, which could be the most expensive toy for the under 5 demographic.

Jewish children will use Mom & Dad's iPad to learn the Hebrew alphabet

Continued Angst Over Day School Tuition

OU conference discusses high cost of religious living, especially day schools.
01/17/2011 - 19:00
Staff Writer

In the run-up to the Orthodox Union’s National Convention, which took place last weekend in Woodcliff Lake, N.J., Margy-Ruth Davis polled everyone she met about the topic she planned to speak about: the high cost of Jewish living. Davis, a community activist and executive vice president of the fundraising firm Perry Davis Associates, asked an 85-year-old widower how he had managed to put his children through Jewish day schools. “What choice did I have?” the man responded. “None, so we struggled and we did it.”

The OU panel included Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald of the National Jewish Outreach Program.

Baltimore Jewish High School Shutting Down

01/16/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) -- A Baltimore Jewish day school will close its high school division at the end of the school year due to financial problems.

Yeshivat Rambam, which opened 10 years ago, announced Sunday that it would close its high schools for boys and girls while working to strengthen the enrollment and retention of its middle and elementary schools, as well as its kindergarten and early childhood programs, the Baltimore Jewish Times reported.

Sixty-three students are enrolled in the boys' high school and 33 in the girls' school. The total enrollment at Yeshivat Rambam is 350.

For Charters’ Jewish Cousins, So Near, So Far

The tricky relationship between Hebrew charter schools and their religious after-school programs.
12/27/2010 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Inside the Kings Bay Y, a modest, postwar, two-story Jewish community center on a busy stretch of Nostrand Avenue adjacent to a housing project, the sounds of schoolchildren’s shouts, laughter and footsteps ricochet over the linoleum floors, through the chlorine-scented cinderblock-walled corridors, from the gym to the fluorescent-lit classrooms and activity rooms, to the swimming pool.

A Jewish after-school program at the Kings Bay Y.

What the Bible Teaches about Social Media

Here is an interesting article by my colleague Rabbi Ruth Abusch-Magder, Ph.D., who is the Rabbi-in-Residence of Be'chol Lashon and the editor of Tzeh U'llimad:

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Florida Jewish School Sued Over Kohl’s Cares Contest

12/08/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- A school in Florida that nearly won Kohl's national online contest has sued two Florida Jewish Day schools that did win, saying they reneged on their promise to help.

Abi's Place in Coral Springs filed a lawsuit against Hebrew Academy Community School and Bais Chaya Inc. in Broward County, where all the schools are located, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

Cutthroat Jewish Education: Long Island

Charges of poaching leveled at L.I. Orthodox day school.
11/15/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

When a seventh-grade parent at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County pulled the familys teenager out of the Conservative school last summer, the parent took more than just the teenager to their new high school, the North Shore Hebrew Academy.

The parent also had a coveted prize in hand: Schechter’s class list, complete with students’ names, addresses and phone numbers, which the parent turned over to officials at North Shore.

North Shore Hebrew Academy, above, sent mailers to Solomon Schechter students, anger ensued.
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