Education & Careers

Brown Vs. Board Of Education

For ex-CNN anchor and convert Campbell Brown, Judaism sharpens focus on kids and school reform.

08/18/2015 - 20:00

‘The public school system in this country is broken,” says Campbell Brown, education-reform advocate and former NBC and CNN news anchor.

CNN anchor-turned-education-advocate Campbell Brown is launching a news site called The Seventy Four.

A Different Kind Of Prayer Education

New JTS center aims to address a rising ‘crisis in prayer.’

Staff Writer
08/18/2015 - 20:00

The childish notion of soliciting a white-bearded man in the sky is no way to pray like an adult, according to Rabbi Jan Uhrbach, director of liturgical arts at Jewish Theological Seminary.

Rabbinical students at JTS will experiment with different types of prayer at the new Block/Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts.

For Catholic Educators, A Glimpse Of Israel’s Diversity

Local teachers, part of wider ADL program, gain new perspective on Jewish state.

Staff Writer
08/18/2015 - 20:00

Joseph Madonna, a teacher at a Catholic high school in New Rochelle, was in the El Al security line at JFK last summer, along with nearly 20 other Catholic educators on their way to Israel for the first time … when suddenly they weren’t on their way at all.

Catholic teachers in the Anti-Defamation League’s Israel trip this summer sail on the Sea of Galilee. Photos Courtesy of ADL

Going One-On-One For A Rite Of Passage

Growing numbers of private bar/bat mitzvah tutors are a sign of a changing economy, and a changing Jewish educational landscape.

Staff Writer
08/18/2015 - 20:00

Samara Lipsky, a staff member of the Union for Reform Judaism and an online doctoral student at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, has privately tutored undergraduate psych students for a few years. Last year Lipsky, who graduated from the Ramaz School, a Modern Orthodox institution on the Upper East Side, and has served as a Hebrew teacher at the neighborhood’s Reform Temple Israel, decided to parlay her Jewish background — she branched out into tutoring bar and bat mitzvah students.

Todd Shotz, a mentor in the Hebrew Helpers tutorial program, works with bar mitzvah student. Courtesy of Hebrew Helpers

Spiritual Innovation at HUC

Edgy ideas from a N.Y. seminary; Starbucks and the Jewish studies classroom; how Billy Joel explains political theory.

Staff Writer
08/18/2015 - 20:00

Spiritual Innovation at HUC

A program to use technology to enhance the worship experience. A social networking app to create LGBT Shabbat dinners in Brooklyn. A multi-lingual online journal for “progressive Jews around the world.” A “blessing resource” for use at hospital bedsides.

Winners of Hebrew Union College’s Jewish entrepreneurialism fellowships. At left is HUC’s dean, Rabbi Shirley Idelson.

Education August 2015

Bar/bat mitzvah tutors and the new ‘gig economy.’ New JTS center reimagines prayer. BDS: the legal fights to come.

08/17/2015 - 20:00
Education August 2015

Tackling The Affordability Crisis

The Challenge Fund will encourage day schools in the New York area to launch or build their endowments.

Special To The Jewish Week
01/27/2015 - 19:00

A Jewish day school education was not an option for me when I was growing up in Bogota, Colombia. Having missed out on the experience, I was especially appreciative of the education my children received as day school students in New York. I watched with pride as they developed their Jewish literacy, their religious purposefulness (meaning their ability to answer the question “Why be Jewish?”), and a profound sense of belonging to the Jewish people — three crucial outcomes of any successful Jewish educational experience.

The oxymoron of day school affordability is a top communal priority. Fotolia

A Gap Year On A Texas Hockey Rink

Local day school graduate’s athletic experience highlights unique pre-college activities.

Staff Writer
01/27/2015 - 19:00

Sugar Land, Tex. — Josh Rocco says many of his fellow Abraham Joshua Heschel High School 2014 graduates are studying in college, participating in various educational programs in Israel, or drilling in the Israeli Army.

A graduate of Manhattan’s Abraham Joshua Heschel High School. Elana Sbrana

Fight And Flight

Elite aerospace high school, which only recently began accepting women, grooms students for army service and a career.

Staff Writer
01/27/2015 - 19:00

Lin Edri, 16, doesn’t have a typical high school curriculum. While math, English and biology fill obligatory slots on her class schedule, she spends the bulk of her time learning how to build drones.

Students at IAI high school in Tel Aviv learn how to build drones, missiles and take apart F16 turbo fan engines. Hannah Dreyfus

Educating Israel’s Periphery

The Sci-Tech Schools network sees its work with Bedouins in the Negev and charedim in the north as giving overlooked students their ‘first real opportunity.’

Staff Writer
01/27/2015 - 19:00

Haneen Abukaf, 16, an Israeli-Arab high school student in the Bedouin village of Um Batin in southern Israel, loves studying history and dreams of becoming a doctor.

Female students in the southern Bedouin village of Al-Saied. Hannah Dreyfus/JW
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