Education & Careers

Getting Israel Back On Track

Despite its startup nation reputation, the Jewish state faces some academic hurdles. Education Minister Gideon Saar says progress is on the books.

Assistant Managing Editor
08/21/2012

Gideon Saar was appointed Israel’s education minister in March, 2009. The Tel Aviv native, 45, received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Tel Aviv University and was elected to the Knesset as a member of Likud in 2003. Three years later, he was appointed deputy speaker.

Saar: Return values to educational system. michael datikash

A Jewish Golden Age On Campus

Special To The Jewish Week
01/10/2012

Popular opinion in the Jewish community has it that the campus is a hotbed of anti-Semitism and widespread anti-Zionist activities.  Many believe that the wellbeing of Jewish students is threatened and that, confronted with an orgy of hate, Jews have felt a compulsion to hide their Jewishness and cover up any outer symbols of identification.

Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller

Getting A Handle On Educational Change

Special To The Jewish Week
01/10/2012

At PELIE, the Partnership for Effective Learning and Innovative Education, we receive a great many calls from people asking about best practices, effective models, new innovations, current trends, and investment advice in the field of complementary (part-time) Jewish. What is the best methodology? Best curriculum? How can we most effectively invest our time and money?

Jane Slotin

Why Jewish Kids Need Values-Based Sex Ed

Special To The Jewish Week
01/10/2012

Last spring I walked into a sixth-grade classroom where the girls welcomed me with squeals of delight, excited to show me the dance routine they had created to the rap song “Take It Off.” The lyrics include:

“Now we’re looking like pimps in my gold Trans-Am

Got a water bottle full of whiskey in my handbag...

There’s a place downtown where the freaks all come around

It’s a hole in the wall, it’s a dirty free for all

And they turn me on when they take it off...”

Mara Yacobi

Moses’ Speech Issue, Jonah’s Learning Disability

‘Esau’s Blessing’ looks at biblical heroes through the lens of special needs.

Staff Writer
01/10/2012

It takes a sensitivity to both the words of Torah and the lives of its major characters to describe familiar figures like Isaac and Joseph, Moses and Samson, in current clinical terms, as people with disabilities and personality disorders. That’s what Ora Horn Prouser does in “Esau’s Blessing: How the Bible Embraces Those with Special Needs” (Ben Yehuda Press).

Ora Horn Prouser describes biblical figures like Moses, Esau and Joseph in modern clinical terms.

Jewish Educators Turn To Mentoring For Growth, Support

Three mentoring or coaching programs offer helpin fighting teacher attrition and advancing the field.

Jewish Week Correspondent
01/10/2012

Adele Chabot’s first year of teaching seemed like a nightmare to her, says the 22-year-old educator at the Barkai Yeshivah, a school in Flatbush serving Sephardic Jews.

“Everything that could go wrong did go wrong,” she says, recalling that she faced not only discipline problems, but also the overwhelming nature of adjusting to a new job and a new environment.

Amy Ament, left, of the Jewish New Teacher Project, coaches Susan Mindrick, a second-year teacher at Carmel Academy in Greenwich

Professional Ethics Tinged By The Holocaust

Programs here and in Houston have doctors and nurses considering the moral implications of their actions.

Staff Writer
01/10/2012

A Ghanaian medical student at Emory University in Atlanta, Pierre Ankomah had a Jewish roommate with whom he’d often discuss how their profession “seriously erred” during the years of the Holocaust, how doctors and nurses were complicit in mass murder.

They spent many hours “questioning why people were able to, en masse, buy into the hideous ideas that were perpetrated by the Nazis,” he says. “Why were there such few and muted voices of dissent?”

Edu-Tourism In Israel

Summer trips help young teachersbuild community, find inspiration.

Editorial Intern
01/10/2012

Lindsay Ganci, 25, had always wanted to go to Israel, but never Lhad the opportunity.

Last summer, she joined other congregational schoolteachers on a Birthright trip that combined tourist hot spots with visits to Israeli schools and opportunities to network with Israeli teachers.

PELIE participants last summer in Israel.

The Bible, Take Two

The G-dcast team looking to bring its playful Torah videos to a wider audience of students and teachers.

Associate Editor
01/10/2012

With its lengthy roster of rules concerning animal sacrifice and food, Parshat Shemini is not generally considered a crowd pleaser.

But the text from Leviticus is such a favorite among Sarah Zollman’s fifth graders at Carmel Academy in Greenwich, Conn., that one student, upon learning it was to be her bat mitzvah Torah portion “was so excited.”

The G-dcast crew recording a video. Their work has garnered 1.5 million hits on YouTube.

The Technion Takes Manhattan

Cornell partnership cements a reputation for high-tech research and development that’s been building for 100 years.

Israel Correspondent
01/10/2012

Jerusalem — When Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced last month that the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, and Cornell University had won a bid to create a state-of-the-art technological campus on Roosevelt Island, it confirmed what Israelis already know: that the Technion, with its reputation for innovation and Nobel Prize-winning scientists, is as respected abroad as it is in Israel.

A biomedical lab at The Technion. Photos courtesy of The Technion
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