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President Endorses Gay Synagogues

02/21/2013

President Baruch O. Bauma, head of The White House Synagogue (commonly known as The White Shul) in downtown Washington, D.C., announced today that he was in favor of gays and lesbians in his congregation being granted the same rights currently enjoyed by all other members.

Brooklyn Named Holiest Jewish City

02/21/2013

BROOKLYN—For the first time in recent history, the borough of Brooklyn, New York, has surpassed Jerusalem, Israel, as “The Holiest Jewish City on Earth,” according to the World Jewish Federation.

The Case For ‘True Pluralism’

Education with a broad sense of diversity.

Special To The Jewish Week
08/20/2014

Many years ago, when I was a student at JTS, I was first taught about the idea of pluralism. I found it to be an inspiring and uplifting idea. It was wonderful to think that we can accept more than one idea as legitimate.

Ora Horn Prouser

The Campus Wars To Come

In the wake of the Gaza conflict, getting students on board to make Israel’s case.

Special To The Jewish Week
08/20/2014

Against the backdrop of a summer war in Gaza, hundreds of thousands of college students will return to school this month, largely unprepared for the wave of anti-Israel activity that’s about to hit North American campuses.

Linda Scherzer

Teachers Teaching Teachers — With A Lot On The Line

With retention a big problem for day schools, mentoring programs are increasingly important.

Staff Writer
08/20/2014

New teachers can be apprehensive about many things, but one fear unites them all: the dreaded parent-teacher conference.

Jewish day school teachers attend three-day training seminar in New York to learn how to mentor beginning teachers. Nina Bruder.

What Should Students Know, And When?

Mechon Hadar and Beit Rabban forge partnership to create ‘benchmarks’ for learning about classical Jewish texts.

Staff Writer
08/20/2014

Lisa Exler, director of the Curriculum Project at Mechon Hadar, the non-denominational learning center here, attended Jewish day schools from kindergarten through 12th grade and considers herself a “product” of the Jewish day school system. Today, she’s the parent of two day-school children.

Lisa Exler will head Mechon Hadar’s new partnership with Beit Rabban.

Sephardic In The Heights

A half-century after its start, YU’s Sephardic Studies Program, mirroring demographic changes, is thriving.

Staff Writer
08/20/2014

When Yeshiva University Vice President Dr. Herbert C. Dobrinsky co-founded the Sephardic Studies Program in 1964, he traveled across the U.S. to recruit a meager seven students.

YU’s Sephardic Studies Program

The ‘Mainstreaming’ Of Jewish Studies

A growing number of universities now offer Jewish studies programs. And some are even headed by non-Jewish scholars.

Staff Writer
08/20/2014

Houston — Administrators at Texas Christian University, an institution in Forth Worth affiliated with the Disciples of Christ denomination, needed some advice last year on starting a Jewish studies program, which is now in the planning stages. A small program that had begun under the auspices of the school’s Brite Divinity School offered only a few courses a year to prospective members of the clergy; TCU administrators wanted to establish a larger Jewish studies program for the entire university.

A UH classroom. Courtesy of University of Houston

Eisen’s Case For Proactive Conversion

Staff Writer
08/20/2014

The chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America recently took his call for the Jewish community to proactively support non-Jews’ conversion to Judaism, which had largely been an internecine Jewish issue, to a national audience.

Khan Academy Contest Finalist Got Late Online Start

Staff Writer
08/20/2014

A graduate of the haredi Bais Yaakov day school system that discouraged students’ use of the Internet, Efrat Bruck is, at 27, the winner of a national contest to create online videos for people who cannot afford expensive prep courses for the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test).

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