Playing Games With Jewish Education

08/22/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

You can’t avoid it anymore.

Computer-based games like Farmville or Angry Birds or Grand Theft Auto, available on laptops and phones and game consoles, have become almost as ubiquitous as social media sites like Facebook.

Whether you are a teacher or principal, a parent or grandparent, a marketer or consumer, a smartphone user or a paperback-reading commuter, you can’t help but notice how these games fill the downtime minutes of millions of people, and increasingly are the first thing they connect to when they boot up their machines.

Daniel Schifrin

Are You An Accidental Techie?

The Covenant Foundation's executive director Harlene Appelman has apparently taught a new term to the founder of Darim Online, Lisa Coltin (@lisacoltin). The term is The Positive Deviant and learning that term has led Lisa to blog about another interesting term that techies are throwing around these days: "The Accidental Techie". Here's what Lisa posted on the Darim blog, JewPoint0:

Lisa Coltin describes how "Accidental Techies" are shaping the field of Jewish education in synagogues?

DavkaWriter 7 Wins Hebrew Word Processor Wars

One might think that rabbinical students spend much of their days sitting in the beit midrash arguing over sections of the Talmud containing the debates of the medieval sages. That's only partially correct. When I was in rabbinical school, I remember the arguments we had (students and teachers) over which is the best Hebrew word processor.

DavkaWriter 7 Comes with All the Bells & Whistles

Has Tech Reached The Tipping Point?

From haredi yeshivas to Hebrew schools, the race is on to adapt to new learning tools.
07/25/2011 - 20:00
Associate Editor

No one standing outside Yeshivas Ohev Shalom would peg it as an educational technology trendsetter.

At Yeshivas Ohev Shalom, all secular studies happen through an online charter school.  Photos courtesy of Yeshivas Ohev Shalom

Jewish Day Schools Look For Online Savings

Computer-based secular studies seen as educationally sound and economical.
07/13/2011 - 20:00
Associate Editor

No one standing outside Yeshivas Ohev Shalom would peg it as an educational technology trendsetter.

This tiny, fervently Orthodox high school is housed in a rundown synagogue in Los Angeles’ Fairfax District, a neighborhood that, like New York’s Lower East Side, has largely transitioned from old-world Jewish to hipster. Even inside — where boys,

Yeshivas Ohev Shalom

Jewish Entrepreneurs At CEA Expo



The Jewish Week's Aaron Herman attends the CEA Line Show in NYC and speaks with David Merel, CEO of Merel Technologies and Birthright I

The Queen Aunts

Savvy Auntie web community, founded by West Sider Melanie Notkin, allows non-moms to vouch for importance of strong niece-nephew bonds.
06/20/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When Conner was born 11 years ago, Andi Rosenthal was 30 and in the process of converting to Judaism. “I had no idea that there was room in my life or in my heart” for Conner and his younger brother, Ryan. “I never anticipated the space that they would create for themselves and how much love would emerge for them. I never knew that they would be just everything to me,” says the Westchester resident.

She expected those emotions from the boys’ parents, she says, but she was just their aunt. Well, not “just.”

Manhattan resident Melanie Notkin.

The Curious Case of Anthony Weiner: A Cautionary Tale

06/08/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive…"

Sir Walter Scott could not have been more right, as my congressman, Anthony Weiner, discovered this past week. The problems inherent in the lewd pictures, incomprehensibly bad judgment, and arrogant assumption of invincibility were only exacerbated ten times over by the untruths that followed. The whole affair is a tawdry mess, and an embarrassment.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Mixed Media: Lessons In Unplugging

Twenty years later, a book sparks an exchange between author and reader.
05/30/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Writing a book, I recently told a friend, is like putting a message in a bottle and throwing it in the ocean. You never know who might find it, read it and think of it.

It’s been 20 years since I wrote my first book, “The Search for God at Harvard,” and I still occasionally get notes about it from unexpected places. Sometimes I learn more from my correspondents than I ever put in that original bottle.

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