Education

Mother’s Day: Creating A Jewish Home

05/04/2010
JInsider

To transform Mother’s Day from a greeting-card holiday to one that nurtures the Jewish neshama (soul), here is practical advice on how parents can inspire and cultivate a Jewish life for their children. We are hopeful that our Mother’s Day gift will keep giving and possibly impact future generations.

Three generations of Sackses.

Yale Researchers Tout Jewish Nursery Program

05/04/2010

An effort to transform Jewish early childhood education has gotten a stamp of approval of sorts from the Yale Child Study Center.

The Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative, which helps Jewish nursery schools strengthen their Judaic content and better engage parents while embracing the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy, was highlighted in a study by Yale professors J. P. Comer and Michael Ben-Avie. The results have been published in the latest issue of the Early Childhood Education Journal.

Michael Steinhardt: His funding for early education seen paying off.

Zooming In On South Africa

David Goldblatt’s photographs, on exhibit at The Jewish Museum,
chronicle everyday life under apartheid.

05/04/2010
Staff Writer

David Goldblatt, the South African photographer, can paint two portraits of his father, a Jewish shop-owner in a traditional mining town. In one, Goldblatt tells how his father would drink tea with a white Nationalist, a member of the right-wing party that staunchly defended apartheid, outside behind his men’s clothing store. “He was friends with some of them,” Goldblatt says of his father. “Many Jews were.”

Goldblatt's "Holdup at Hillbrow" (1963), which, like much of his work, focuses on how apartheid played out in daily life

Bringing Peace To Nursery School

Project SEED consultants defuse behavior
challenges and strengthen teacher skills.

05/04/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

The 4-year-old boys constructing towering structures at the Lego table here at the JCC of Harrison’s nursery school behaved pretty much the way one would expect — boisterous comments about exactly what they were building, comparisons to what other children were doing — until one of them, frustrated by perceived slights, yelled loudly at his tablemates.

For Ellen Weisberg, who was sitting quietly observing the boys, the outburst was one of the reasons she was in the classroom.

“I try to stay out of the way,” says mental health consultant Ellen Weisberg, here with a nursery school student at the JCC.

Innovation Is Not A Synonym For ‘New’

05/04/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

In late 2002, when our Joshua Venture Group (JVG) cohort was announced, the term “Jewish social entrepreneur” did not yet roll easily off the tongue. There was no “innovation ecosystem” to speak of, few incubators interested in helping us grow our ventures, and little confidence that Jewish life could or should blossom outside of existing institutional frameworks. JVG was founded to help emerging leaders change the Jewish world with their ideas.

Witnessing Haiti: A Call for Transparency in Disaster Relief

04/29/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

We all watched in dismay when Haiti was struck with a devastating 7.0 earthquake; the consequences of this natural disaster intensified by Haiti's status as the 2nd poorest nation in the Western hemisphere. One hundred days later, hundreds of thousands are living in tents in refugee camps without sanitation as the devastation and fear continues with little signs of progress.

Tevel B’Tzedek Israeli volunteer therapist

RCA Finds Consensus For Deepening Women’s Roles

But many questions left unanswered.

04/27/2010
Editor and Publisher

After much debate and despite predictions of a schism, the Rabbinical Council of America, the nation’s largest group of Orthodox rabbis, this week approved without dissent a carefully balanced resolution on women’s communal roles in Orthodox Jewish life.

The statement affirms a longstanding prohibition of women rabbis but allows congregational rabbis flexibility in determining appropriate roles for women in their synagogues and communities.

David Solomon: Making Jewish Wisdom Accessible and Relevant

04/27/2010

David Solomon is a brilliant scholar and highly sought-after lecturer in the Jewish community. His wide range of general knowledge, deep textual scholarship and great sense of humor allow him to be a hugely charismatic educator. We acknowledge David as a Top Jew for his unselfish effort as a one-man teaching machine — in 11 countries over the past few years — with no organized fundraising or institutional support. Watch the videos on Jinsider or visit his teaching site www.inonehour.net.

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Facing Israel’s Many Faces

New documentary by a 24-year-old provokes heated discussions about the key issues facing the Jewish state.

04/27/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

‘When you think about Israel, what are the two or three things that stick out for you, which define a Jewish state?” Amy Beth Oppenheimer asked her audience at the Barry & Florence Friedberg Jewish Community Center in Oceanside.
 
One by one, voices called out enthusiastically, “The language!” “Jewish education!” “The right of return!” “Observance of Shabbat!”
 

“Faces of Israel” director Amy Beth Oppenheimer, top, at Friedberg JCC event marking Israel’s 62nd birthday.

Rally Here Slams Obama, Jewish Democrats

Organizers of rightist protest say Rep. Weiner
asked to speak but was nixed.

04/27/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

As the rain came down Sunday and a crowd estimated at about 1,000 people listened to speeches, the organizers of a right-wing rally opposed to President Barack Obama’s policies on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fielded a request from U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Brooklyn and Queens).
 

Some of the 1,000 or so people who turned out for Sunday’s rally. Photos by Michael Datikash
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