Jewish Education Project

Using 3-D Printing To Bring Jewish History To Life

HAFTR teacher, four others, named JEP’s ‘Young Pioneers.’

Editorial Intern

It is one of the commendable contradictions of Jewish learning that its educators, in the service of imparting their traditional wisdom, are continually seeking innovative methods and means.

HAFTR’s Benjamin Gross

Cultivating A Secret Resource: Parents

Schools finding that the single most effective tactic for increasing enrollment is something only parents can deliver.

Staff Writer

When Rhonda Rose enrolled her twin toddlers at Beit Rabban Day School last year, she jumped in with both feet.

Before the school year even started, she was discussing ideas with the Upper West Side school’s marketing director, promoting the school on Facebook and writing articles about it for a day school parent website.

Rhonda Rose, left, at work in her twin sons’ pre-K class at Beit Rabban. Michael Daitikash/JW

‘Family Time’ Hebrew School

Upper East Side temple’s alternative Masa program offers parents and kids flexibility and togetherness.

Associate Editor

Edward Schnitzer remembers his father dropping him off every week for Sunday school and hanging out at the men’s club while the kids sat in a classroom.

Masa families learn and play together as part of new Hebrew school model. Photos courtesy of Shaaray Tefila

E-rate Program Dogged By Concerns

Government regulators see ‘non-compliance’ among some Jewish schools but no fraud charges.


Editor's Note: This is the third in a three-part series. For the other articles go here and here.

Nine years ago, Thomas Cline traveled from Washington, D.C., to Brooklyn to tour seven buildings occupied by the United Talmudical Academy.

The fervently Orthodox community rallied against the Internet this past summer. Getty Images

New York Education Programs Receive $744,000 From Covenant Foundation

Associate Editor

Six New York programs will receive a total of $744,000 this year from the Covenant Foundation. The grants are among $1.2 million in grants the foundation, which seeks to “support and advance excellence and impact in Jewish education,” approved last week.

Feeding Frenzy In Brooklyn

Associate Editors

With the weather still hot, summer camp over and the children restless, the last week before school starts can be a challenge for many parents.

All the more so for haredi parents, who on average have more than three times the number of children as other New York Jewish parents, according to a recent UJA-Federation of New York study. While many of the children receive federally subsidized meals at camp and school, during that last week of summer — with no food programs — low-income families often struggle to get everyone fed.

A truck dispatched to Borough Park and Williamsburg passed out over 2,700 meals the week before school started.  Rebecca Saidlow

Can Online Portals Transform Hebrew Schools?

Content providers like Behrman House are looking to take learning beyond the classroom in race to the digital top.

Associate Editor

Imagine your child’s Hebrew school homework isn’t on some worksheet crumpled at the bottom of her backpack, forgotten until time to leave the house on Sunday morning.

Cleveland educators participate in a technology conference. Photo by Dave Weinberg

Hebrew School’s New Game Theory

‘Fun’ teaching tool catching on to engage tech-savvy teens, but development costs may be big hurdle.

Associate Editor

Like most of her friends, Jenn, a Long Island teen, loves computer games. She even plays one at Hebrew school.

With her teacher’s permission.

“Petri World,” a virtual environment in which players have avatars and build a city together, is not a forbidden classroom activity that distracts from the lesson. In Jodi Mishkin’s class at Temple Beth Torah, in Melville, it is the lesson, with students learning about modern Israel as they play.

“Hidden Krakow,” a simulation game under development, aims to teach players about Jewish life in pre-war Poland.
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