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The Ben Gamla Boom

The network of charters in South Florida founded by Peter Deutsch now enrolls about 1,600 students, and more expansion is on the way.
Associate Editor
08/22/2011 - 20:00

When Einav Cabrera moved with her family from Israel to Florida two decades ago at the age of 10, her mother sent her to a Jewish day school so she would continue being exposed to Hebrew and Israeli culture.

But since the family wasn’t at all religious, “I wasn’t happy there; it wasn’t the environment I was used to,” Cabrera recalled.

She ended up switching to public school, but missed the Hebrew.

Ben Gamla High School, which opened on Monday, is the nation's first charter high school to require Hebrew.

‘I Create My Own Jewish Life”

For what is likely the lone student at a historically black college, every day is an education in other cultures.
Staff Writer
08/22/2011 - 20:00

Baltimore – On a recent Friday afternoon, an employee of a university here, passing through the Student Center building, noticed a student he knew sitting in a lounge and called out, “Shalom Abe.”

The school is Morgan State University, a historically black institution in the northeast corner of the city; the employee is Donald Hill-Eley, a devout Christian and Morgan State’s head football coach for a decade; the student is Abraham Mercado, a place kicker on the MSU football team.

Abraham Mercado chose Morgan State University for athletic scholarship, vicinity to Jewish community. steve lipman

Alone In Its Class

With low tuition, small classes and customized learning, Suffolk’s only day school is competing in a tough environment.
Associate Editor
08/22/2011 - 20:00

 ith a large fish tank and piles of toys in the office, an indoor playground decorated to look like a rainforest and hallway walls covered in student art — including a little house with a working doorbell — the Jewish Academy in East Northport, L.I., is an inviting place for children and their parents.

It has to be.

Each classroom in The Jewish Academy has laptops and wireless Internet. Below, Head of School Rabbi Michael Druin and April Well

Israeli Sci-Tech Curriculum Coming To NY Day Schools

In bid for excellence, seven schools getting biotech and science engineering classes starting next month.
Israel Correspondent
08/22/2011 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Megan Harris-Linton, who heads the science department at the Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Washington Heights, took time out of her summer vacation this year to learn how to teach an award-winning Israeli science program to American day school students.

Students at seven New York area day schools will take part in the program, which, starting next month, will provide high-level courses in biotechnology and scientific engineering to 165 students in grades 9 and 10.

Very Early Childhood Education

Program at New Rochelle temple taking kids as young as 6 weeks in bid to get families engaged. Just don’t call it day care.
Associate Editor
08/22/2011 - 20:00

In just a year, Matt Baumoel has gone from being the hard-core atheist who “shunned” all things Jewish to serving as the president of a Reform temple parents’ association. In fact, his “baffled” longtime friends now jokingly refer to him as “Super Jew.”

The cause of the transformation? His 3-year-old daughter’s nursery school.

Shabbat at Kehillah: “not just warehousing” children.

A Roundup Of Education News

New YU programs: From Thomas Paine to ‘experiential’ education; Touro adds medical college to its family; Alexander Muss H.S. in Israel expanding.
Staff Writer
08/22/2011 - 20:00

In the coming weeks, some undergraduate students and rabbinical students at Yeshiva University will be studying the works of political thinkers like Thomas Paine and John Locke, and the words of such scholars as Maimonides and Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Yehudah Berlin, focusing on the intersection of Jewish philosophy and Western society.

Education & Careers August 2011

A New Language For The Classroom Israeli high-tech curriculum comes to NY day schools; Are we ready for the new borderless classroom?; 'Very' early childhood education, and more.
08/22/2011 - 20:00
Education August 2011

Journal Watch

08/22/2011 - 20:00

From a psychological perspective, loss is one of the most common dynamics in human life — everyone experiences it — but psychologists are at a loss to define it. We can easily describe loss — the feeling of emptiness when something dear to us is taken away. And mourning, an important mechanism, is the process by which we try to overcome the feelings of loss.

Among Rocks and Stones

On a northern Atlantic shore, I discovered how to mourn—and honor—my brother.
08/22/2011 - 20:00

 The first thing that happened the morning after my brother Eric killed himself was my sister and I told our father. It was early in the morning, so we let ourselves into the house where our father had been living alone since our mother died five years earlier. He sat on the edge of the bed, confused and half asleep. He said, “That stupid idiot.”

Naomi Leshem Untitled for M #3 (Way to Beyond), 2003, Chromogenic print, 47.25" x  47.25", Edition of 5. Courtesy Andrea Meislin

A Daughter’s Kaddish

No matter how familiar you are with death, it’s impossible to be prepared for the loss of your mother.
08/22/2011 - 20:00

Death is the subject I deal with daily as the executive director of the Hebrew Free Burial Association, in New York. HFBA arranges approximately 350 burials a year, and at least twice a month I am in one cemetery or another as part of my job. But my work didn’t inure me against the profound sadness I felt when my mother, Dorothy Koplow, Chaya Doboh bat Meir v’Breindl, died in the summer of 2010, at the age of 90.

Naomi Leshem Nitsan, 2007, Chromo- genic print. 47.25" x 47.25", Edition of  5. Courtesy Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York.
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