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Adventure Camp Head: From Equities To Eco

Associate Editor
01/10/2011 - 19:00

A decade ago, Rabbi Eliav Bock spent long days on the trading floors of Lower Manhattan. Now, a typical day is more likely to include rock climbing, horseback riding and mountain biking in the Colorado Rockies. A longtime Boy Scout and camp counselor, Rabbi Bock, 33, is the director of the Conservative movement’s Ramah Outdoor Adventures, one of five camps to open last summer with support from the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Specialty Camp Incubator Project.

Robert Eliav Block, director of the Ramah Outdoor Adventures camp.

The Jews Of Texas Christian

Members of the Tribe have a presence at the Rose Bowl-winning campus — and at many other Protestant and Catholic universities.
JTA
01/10/2011 - 19:00

Los Angeles (JTA) — Texas Cristian University  may have seemed out of place at this season’s Rose Bowl — but not as much as a few of its fans.

The notion of Jewish students at Texas Christian may seem like a mismatch, but don’t tell that to the several dozen Jewish students at TCU who are now basking in the glory of their team’s 21-19 victory over Big Ten power Wisconsin on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif. Who says the Horned Frog, TCU’s mascot, can’t wear a kipa?

Hillel students at TCU mount a Holocaust exhibit every year. jta

A Green Exchange

Israeli, New Jersey teens team up in program to raise environmental awareness and make an Eco Connection.
Israel Correspondent
01/10/2011 - 19:00

Arad, Israel — Tu b’Shvat, the tree-planting holiday, was fast approaching, so it seemed only fitting that the project being run by the environmental education organization Sviva Israel for a group of sixth graders at the Chalamish School in this southern Israeli town would involve seeds and soil.

Seeds of a partnership: New Jerseyites look at soil samples with Israeli sixth graders at the Chalmish School in Arad.

Med School In Israel: Just What The Doctor Ordered

Growing numbers of American students — Jewish and non — are opting for programs in the Jewish state.
Special To The Jewish Week
01/10/2011 - 19:00

When Miriam Langer was waitlisted at one of her preferred medical school programs in the United States, she decided that rather than wait or reapply later, she would opt for an alternative — attend a program in Israel.

Maya Garala in the maternity ward at a hospital in B’nei Brak.

The New Hebrew School Will Take A Village

Envisioning a family-centered, synagogue-based and community enriched model.
Special To The Jewish Week
01/10/2011 - 19:00

Imagine if you will a typical week in the Jewish education of a fourth grader named Josh.

Rabbi Joy Levitt’s vision of community-based Jewish education incorporates Scouts-like “badges” and varieties of informal settin

The Muppet Beit Midrash

Twelve new episodes of ‘Shalom Sesame’ reveal a changing Israel — and cater to a full spectrum of American Jews.
Special To The Jewish Week
01/10/2011 - 19:00

Slapstick goes far with the young set. The first episode of the new “Shalom Sesame” collection opens with Anneliese van der Pol, star of “That’s So Raven,” on a flight to Israel. The klutzy flight attendant —everyone’s cute and furry blue pal Grover — serves falafel to Anneliese and a falafel ball ends up on her curmudgeonly seatmate’s head.

The same uptight muppet, who is dressed in a suit, appears in “Chanukah: The Missing Menorah.” This time, the offending object on his head is a latke.

The human cast of “Shalom Sesame.” Messages about “pluralism, coexistence, modernity behind the cute ‘Sesame’ characters"

New ‘Gateways’ For Family Engagement

A push for early childhood initiatives for children and their parents.
Associate Editor
01/10/2011 - 19:00

Lisa Bernstein is in the Temple Kol Ami nursery school frequently, while she is dropping off and picking up her two sons. But amid the chaos of getting a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old bundled up, while also managing an infant daughter, it is often too hectic for Bernstein to check in with the teachers or give more than a cursory glance at the student artwork on the classroom walls.

Students work on an art project at Temple Kol Ami’s nursery school.

A Club Of Their Own

Jewish Student Unions expanding at public schools in Westchester, hoping to lure the unaffiliated.
Editorial Assistant
01/10/2011 - 19:00

Some high school students join the volleyball squad, the debate team or Model UN. But 16-year-old Meryl Rosenberg, a junior at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua worked hard to open a branch of the Jewish Student Union in her Westchester County school last month.

Students at the New Rochelle High School.

The Revolution In Teen Outreach

Synagogues, educational groups rethinking offerings and restructuring programs to reach a new generation.
Associate Editor
01/10/2011 - 19:00

For eighth graders enrolled in Temple Emanu-El’s religious schoolTemple Emanu-El’s religious school, the lessons this year are less aleph-bet and more ABC.

Once a month, the young teens make the short trek from Upper East Side to East Harlem to volunteer with elementary-age kids at the Association to Benefit Children, an agency that offers numerous services for disadvantaged children.

Eighth graders at Temple Emanu-El volunteer at Harlem’s Association to Benefit Children as part of a service-learning program.

What’s New In Jewish Education

Columbia Library’s Jewish holdings get Boost ... Bible Raps, G-dcast make Slingshot list … Israeli gov’t doubles Birthright money.
Staff Writer
01/10/2011 - 19:00

 A Dutch scholar, in the United States two months ago, got an unexpected call one day from a staff member of the Columbia University library system. The staffer, Yoram Bitton, had found in the library’s rare-books archives several centuries-old manuscripts in Hebrew and Dutch that would aid the scholar’s research in the history of Jewish printing in Amsterdam.

Columbia University’s first-ever Jewish studies librarian, Michelle Chesner. “I always liked rare books.” Steve Lipman
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