Education & Careers

Khan Academy Contest Finalist Got Late Online Start

Staff Writer
08/19/2014 - 20:00

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).

Hebrew Union College Going Green

Staff Writer
08/19/2014 - 20:00

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.

Vladimir Lapin, left, Rayna Green, Lilah Sugarman, Elana Rosen-Brown, Liz Piper-Goldberg, Rachel Rhodes and Danny Moss.

Birthright Turns Focus On Trip Leaders

Launches ‘Taglit Fellows’ program to focus on problem of follow-up with alums.

Staff Writer
08/19/2014 - 20:00

For 14 years, Taglit-Birthright Israel has focused its educational efforts on the thousands of 18-to-26-year-olds it sends to Israel each year. Now, the organization is broadening its sights to the Americans who staff the trips.

A Birthright session at an archeological site in Israel. Courtesy of Birthright Israel

Education August 2014

Jewish studies programs in unlikely places; Birthright’s new focus on trip leaders; Bracing for the campus Israel wars.

08/18/2014 - 20:00
Education August 2014

As Pew Study Raises Concerns, Invest In Jewish Day Schools

01/14/2014 - 19:00

This Opinion piece was written by the following: Dr. Scott Goldberg, vice provost for teaching and learning at Yeshiva University; Amy Katz, executive director of PEJE; Marc Kramer, executive director of RAVSAK; Jon Mitzmacher, executive director of the Schechter Day School Network; and Jane West Walsh, executive director of PARDES.

The Pew Research Center set off alarm bells this past fall with the release of its “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” survey, which showed that Jewish Americans are losing their Jewish identity — religious observance, denominational affiliation, and the desire to marry other Jews — at a shockingly high rate.

Indexing Day School Tuition

Schools trying to put new face on financial aid.

JTA
01/14/2014 - 19:00

Tehiyah Day School in El Cerrito, Calif., had a problem.

Like many Jewish day schools throughout North America, Tehiyah has plenty of students from lower-income families and a number from affluent ones. But it couldn’t seem to recruit and retain many middle-class students, even as it devoted increasing amounts to financial aid.

Learning What Makes American Jews Tick

Israel’s first full-fledged American Jewish Studies program is trying to bridge some pretty wide gaps.

Israel Correspondent
01/14/2014 - 19:00

Haifa, Israel — While living in New Jersey and teaching at New York University during his sabbatical from the University of Haifa, professor Gur Alroey, chair of Haifa University’s School of History, realized most of the Israeli expats he met rarely interacted at length with home-grown, middle-of-the-road Jewish Americans.

Gur Alroey

A Revival Spreads

For isolated members of Poland’s Jewish community, a new online Jewish learning program.

Staff Writer
01/14/2014 - 19:00

A Jewish teen at a public school in a town in Poland was struggling with his German-language studies early in the academic year last year. Already enrolled in an after-school, online Jewish education program run by a Jewish day school in Warsaw, he signed up for optional instruction in German offered by the program.

Born in Poland, Hadassah Buchwald-Pawlak designed an online Jewish education program. Photo courtesy Lander College for Women

Suffolk Day School Engineering A New Curriculum

Unique partnerships with Stony Brook, Touro Law School define growing Jewish Academy.

Staff Writer
01/14/2014 - 19:00

Deborah Richman of Setauket, L.I., was incredulous as she watched her two youngest children demonstrate the robotic cars they had made last year in the fifth and sixth grades at the Jewish Academy of Suffolk County.

Students at the Jewish Academy of Suffolk. Photo courtesy Jewish Academy of Suffolk
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