Eli Nathan

All-In-The-Family Hebrew School

Pilot ‘Yerusha’ program seeks new level
of engagement for kids and their parents.

Associate Editor
06/23/2010

 On an unseasonably hot Sunday afternoon in May, Karen and David Nathan are in their Princeton, N.J., backyard with their two children and four other families. 

But instead of barbecuing or chatting, the parents are watching as the kids, ranging in age from 5 to 14, prepare to act out a story from the Talmud.

Justus Baird, a soft-spoken entrepreneur-turned-rabbi, passes out the short scripts and divides up the parts — which include Elijah the Prophet, God and Old Man with Two Myrtle Branches — among the 11 children.

Parent Esther Rose, left, leads a session while Ezra Edelman, Eli Nathan and Laila Finkelstein listen.
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