When Anna Motsenyat graduated Be’er Hagolah Institute in 1994, her last day of classes did not mean goodbye. “I kept in touch,” said Motsenyat, a 22-year-old who came here from St. Petersburg in 1987.
Many of Be’er Hagolah’s students maintain ties with the yeshiva which, located in Starrett City, currently has an enrollment of 1,000 students from the former Soviet Union. But Motsenyat took her connection with the school a step further last year when she returned to her alma mater as a Judaic Studies teacher and program coordinator.
Eleven days in Germany provided an education for teachers who teach about the Holocaust. The group of 28 educators from Westchester and Rockland counties visited schools and memorials recently to observe how the genocide of World War II is taught in the land where it began.
It was a trip marked by changes.
Some of the teachers said their view of Germany — and of contemporary Germans — was changed by meetings with teachers and students. Others said they will bring a new perspective to their classrooms.
The Zionist Organization of America did not orchestrate a campaign against First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, the group insisted this week, prompting a retraction and apology from the Anti-Defamation League.
In a statement issued last Friday, the ADL called on the Jewish community to denounce "ZOA's campaign against Hadassah," which on Tuesday bestowed an award on the first lady and likely U.S. Senate candidate at its annual convention. Critics of the award say it amounts to a political endorsement of a candidate they view as pro-Palestinian.
Hebrew is a familiar medium for Walter Turnbull’s vocalists. “We were singing in Hebrew 10 years ago,” says the founder and director of the Boys Choir of Harlem. Psalms are a constant part of the group’s repertoire. “We’ve always sung in Hebrew.”
As the Orthodox community grapples with increasing drug use, attention is shifting to the question of who will provide much-needed prevention and treatment services.
There is no problem identifying groups to attack the problem. There are an estimated eight to 12 grassroots and professional agencies, most of them Brooklyn-based, taking different roles in the frum war on drugs.
They range from a grassroots mother's support group to professional counseling to a "kosher" pool hall in Flatbush where at-risk kids can hang out in a supervised setting.