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.
In the wake of the Gaza conflict, getting students on board to make Israel’s case.
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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.
Mechon Hadar and Beit Rabban forge partnership to create ‘benchmarks’ for learning about classical Jewish texts.
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.
A growing number of universities now offer Jewish studies programs. And some are even headed by non-Jewish scholars.
Houston — Administrators atTexas 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.
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.
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).
Liz Piper-Goldberg, fifth-year rabbinical student at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), has been passionate about the environment since grade school. As a teenager, she encouraged members of her community to stop using incandescent light bulbs. For Piper-Goldberg, it was like a light bulb went off — a compact fluorescent light bulb, that is.