Jewish Education

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.

Cliff Notes, Moby Dick - and Rashi

11/08/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Q:  My teacher thinks I plagiarized an essay, but I didn’t. True, I looked at Cliff Notes about the assigned book, Moby Dick, but I also read much of it and only used the notes as a guide. So what’s wrong with that?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Speaking Out at Rutgers, Celebrating at USC and Syracuse

11/07/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Hundreds of Jewish students will be in attendance at this week's General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in New Orleans. And these future community leaders are getting  real-world training in Jewish activism on campuses across the country.

David Meyer

Avi Chai’s Last Will And Testament?

As the foundation prepares for dissolution, it focuses on partnerships benefiting day schools and camps.
11/01/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In its latest round of grants, The Avi Chai Foundation has demonstrated a new strategic approach to its funding, one that reflects the reality of a foundation preparing to spend-down its nearly $600 million endowment by 2020.

“We acting with the understanding that our legacy depends on the success of institutions who will survive us,” says Avi Chai’s

To Yeshiva or Not, That is the Question

11/01/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Eleven years ago, when I got married- all heady from wedding gown fittings, arguments with the photographer and the fact my husband, a very secular Jew, agreed to celebrate our union in a most Orthodox, Jewish way -- the word “yeshiva” would not have been a blip on my radar screen.

If you had asked me whether or not I’d be inclined to send my kids to yeshiva, a haughty cackle would have emanated from deep in my throat: “no, are you crazy?”

Melissa Chapman

Needed: Creative Solutions For Jewish Schools

10/18/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Growing up in Riverdale, I attended Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy, known as SAR, a private, Jewish Modern Orthodox day school. The school is built on a hill overlooking the Hudson River, and, in a manner somewhat similar to step farming, is composed of various levels, on and between which there are no walls.

Unpacking the Ecosystem of Digital Media in Jewish Education

Aaron Herman attends the Unpacking the Ecosystem of Digital Media in Jewish Education conference in New York City, which brought together funders, educators and developers to  discuss technology and Jewish education.

New School Head Optimistic

09/06/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rabbi Michael Druin arrived on Long Island about a month ago with his wife and four children to become the new head of school at the Jewish Academy in East Northport, the only day school in Suffolk County, which this year added a fourth grade.

Rabbi Druin, 43, previously served for five years as rabbinic dean of the Hillel Community Day School in North Miami Beach. Born in California, he was 14 when his family became religious and decided to join Chabad.


Rabbi Michael Druin says Suffolk County has 90,000 Jews, one day school.
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