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Educators Going Viral

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Conference organizers usually frown on participants who Facebook, Tweet or Google during a seminar, but no one objected when some of the 14 participants in a new fellowship program for Jewish educators did just that during a lively lecture. 

Tuesday, The Rabbi Learns

Associate Editor

 When Jewish leaders talk about underserved populations in need of attention, they often mention the poor, the elderly, unaffiliated 20-somethings, nontraditional families, people with disabilities and so on.

Ironically, those whose needs often go overlooked, however, are right under our proverbial shnozzes: the rabbis.

Working The Land Of Israel

Staff Writer

 For Yeshiva University sophomore Josh Zimmerman, one of the highlights of his winter break was a day of harvesting peppers, plucking up tangled vegetable roots, picking up garbage from the sand and repairing a decrepit greenhouse for a community of Jewish refugees — all with 11 of his peers in Israel’s Negev Desert.

How Green Is My Summer Camp

Special to The Jewish Week

When her parents last year asked her if she wanted to attend a sleepaway summer camp for the first time, Lucy Nye, a third-grader at a Jewish day school in Los Angeles, left no doubt what she thought of the idea.

“Mom, I hate camp” is what she told her parents, recalled her mother, Jennifer Nye, a rabbinical student at the Academy for Jewish Religion. Her reluctance may have had something to do with the fact that “she never even had a sleepover away from home,” her mother added.

For Area Yeshivas, Status Quo Ante

Assistant Managing Editor

Six months ago, there was a lot of talk in the area about the urgent need to address the crisis faced by yeshivas and tuition-paying families as the economic crisis pushed an affordable Jewish education further more out of reach.

There was movement toward scaled-down, low-cost yeshivas, a push toward cost-sharing and more involvement by the general Jewish community, efforts to open Hebrew-themed charter schools and political activism to maximize the extent of public funding for private schools allowed by law.

36 Under 36 2009:Evonne Marzouk, 32

Staff Writer

This really seems to be the moment for Evonne Marzouk’s vision. Hoping to educate the Orthodox world about the environment and climate change is particularly apropos in a time when movements like eco-kashrut and events such as the once-in-28-years Birchat HaChamah have gained such popularity in the Jewish community.

36 Under 36 2009: Y-LOVE (Yitz Jordan), 31

Staff Writer

 When you think of hip-hop and chasid, you probably think of Matisyahu, the bearded, Biblical spitting pop star. But it’s time to meet Y-Love, the black rapper from Brooklyn who converted to Judaism in 2001.

36 Under 36 2009: Where Are They Now

Staff Writer

Sivan Achor-Borowich:

Married David Borowich. Jewish Hearts for Africa received an operational grant from the Natan Fund and was selected as a finalist in JTA’s Green Beanie awards celebrating Jewish environmentalism.

Wendy Amsellem:

Is in Israel this year on a Mandel Jerusalem Fellowship.

Ronit Avni:

Recently selected to be among 230 "Young Global Leaders" and is producing a film on strategic non-violence in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Edoe Cohen:

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