Education & Careers

‘Never Too Big To Learn’

At L.I. assisted living facility, 14 residents discuss Bible stories and contemporary society.

01/16/2009
Staff Writer
The biblical story of Samson and Delilah came alive recently for a group of 14 senior citizens who, in looking for parallels in today’s world, cited the cases of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer and former President Bill Clinton. Even Michelle Obama and her heritage became the subject of debate. The women, residents of the Gurwin Jewish-Fay J. Lindner Residences, an assisted living facility in Commack, L.I., were speaking of how Samson’s love for Delilah led him to reveal the secret of his superhuman strength.

Taking Mussar Into Prisons

Behind bars, many inmates find meaning in the traditional study of Jewish ethics.

01/16/2009
Special To The Jewish Week
Mussar — ethical teachings originally developed in 19th-century Eastern Europe primarily by Rabbi Israel Yisrael Lipkin Salanter to help Jews integrate their daily behavior with Torah commandments and values — has recently come back into vogue. Jews across denominations, and in settings from synagogues to JCCs, have renewed studying these texts. Many people turn to mussar to help them address career frustrations, health setbacks, family difficulties — or simply learn how to deal better with others.

A Brooklyn Brew Of Jewish And Montessori

In Prospect Heights, the Luria Academy tweaks traditional Jewish learning with a questioning, open-minded approach.

01/16/2009
Staff Writer
Deep in the bowels of a Prospect Heights apartment building that looks just like any other in this trendy neighborhood, down a long, winding hallway flanked on either side with burnished doors, 30 young children spend their days learning how to learn.

Social Entrepreneurship At JTS

Staff Writer
08/18/2009
Many universities encourage their students to perform community service, but for students at List College it comes with a twist. The school has begun offering the Fellowship in Jewish Social Entrepreneurship, which combines social justice internships with courses that put it into a Jewish perspective. The school is the undergraduate college of the Jewish Theological Seminary. Rebecca Hammerman, assistant dean and director of the fellowship program, said the project was launched as a pilot in the spring.

Investing In A 529 Plan: Still A Smart Move?

Experts weigh in on how to save for college in these tough times.

01/16/2009
Staff Writer
The cost of a four-year private college education has passed the $150,000 mark — which is “enough to cause even the most affluent parent to want to sit down and cry,” according to Kalman Chany, author of the 2009 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Paying For College Without Going Broke.” And in 2009, the average one year tuition cost (including room and board, books, and other fees) will be $35,958 — up 5.5 percent from the previous year.

Shulamith Saga Grinds On

Staff Writer
08/18/2009
Conflict continues at the embattled Shulamith School for Girls, the first Orthodox girls school in the nation, located in Brooklyn since 1930.

ED-CAMP INCUBATORS

Birthing New Summer Experiences

Environmental, outdoor adventure and sports camps are among those to emerge from an ‘incubator’ project.

01/16/2009
Staff Writer
Yoni Stadlin was washing the dishes one day when he suddenly had a big idea: what if he started a new Jewish camp? Stadlin had worked as the director at a day camp and had been involved with seven Jewish overnight camps, along with earning a master’s degree at the Jewish Theological Seminary in informal education. He knew his career would be in Jewish camping, but to make a pre-existing camp all that he wanted it to be seemed daunting. Then, the dishes, and the idea for a new camp model emerged from the soap bubbles.

ED-BRONX SCIENCE

At Bronx Science, A Different Kind Of Lab

Students train to become Holocaust educators at the elite public high school’s unusual museum.

01/16/2009
Staff Writer
The entryway of The Bronx High School of Science is dominated by an enormous, tiled mural depicting scientists and their empirical discoveries, along with a quotation by the famous philosopher and education reformer John Dewey: “Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.” But in the case of the only Holocaust museum located within a New York City public school, imagination accounts for more than just scientific advancement.

In The Heights, A Dialogue Starts

08/20/2008
Staff Writer
En route to Yom Kippur services last year, Yeshiva University senior Ayol Samuels walked through Washington Heights sporting a pair of flip-flops, with a group of sandal-clad shul-goers strolling ahead. On his way, he passed a group of Dominican children congregated together on a nearby stoop.
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