Education & Careers

Finding A Jewish School For My Multiracial Child

Special To The Jewish Week
08/21/2012

We knew our daughter’s Jewish identity was going to play an important role in our lives when she named her imaginary friend “Rivka.” Isabella would point her out to me in public places as she passed, directing me to a mocha-skinned girl with curly dark hair who inevitably would look almost identical to our own sweet multiracial child.

Send In The Clowns — To The Hospital

Medical clowning program at University of Haifa is serious business.

Staff Writer
08/21/2012

Haifa — In a few years Shira Friedlander, a young Orthodox woman from Jerusalem, wants to go into Israeli hospitals to lift the spirits of patients. So these days she’s studying such subjects as anthropology, costume design and shamanism.

Clowns from Haifa’s program in Haiti.

Helping Day Schools Build For The Future

Pilot project training area schools in the fine art of endowment building.

Associate Editor
08/21/2012

When the leadership of Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan found out earlier this year about Generations, a pilot project training Jewish day schools in endowments and planned giving, it felt “perfectly timed,” said Liz Freirich, the school’s director of developmentt.

Schechter Student ‘Merits’ Attention

Rockland County ninth-grader is first recipient of new, full-freight merit scholarship at Westchester Schechter.

Associate Editor
08/21/2012

When Cara Kupferman’s parents moved to New City, in Rockland County, 20 years ago, one of the major draws was the well-regarded Clarkstown Central School District.

But next month, Cara, who thrived at her public elementary and middle schools, will forego Clarkstown South High School, instead crossing the Tappan Zee Bridge each day to attend Solomon Schechter School of Westchester.

Cara Kupferman to attend Solomon Schechter School of Westchester in Hartsdale.

Forging Their Own ‘New Connection’

Grad students in new JTS ed school program spend five months immersed in Israeli life.

Special To The Jewish Week
08/21/2012

Biking through the streets of downtown Jerusalem every day for several months, Eli Bass, 30, of Oak Park, Ill., noticed the frustrated line of bumper-to-bumper cars and buses lining the streets. In response, Bass worked at the Ma’aleh School of Film to create a five-minute documentary (available on YouTube) encouraging new, green methods of transportation in the millennia-old capitol.

Participants in Kesher Hadash grapple with complexities of Israeli culture. Courtesy JTS

New Developments In The Classroom And Beyond

New ‘blended’ school inspiring imitators; online instruction program; Israel grooming Asian leaders.

Associate Editors
08/21/2012

If Yeshivat He’Atid is really the “yeshiva of the future,” as its name proclaims, then tuition-weary parents throughout the country may want to pursue time travel.

Participants in Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship.

Rockland Gets A New/Old Day School

The nondenominational Jewish Academy hoping to cast a wider net and build on its Gittelman connections.

Associate Editor
08/21/2012

The day school is dead. Long live the day school.

That’s the situation for non-Orthodox families in Rockland County.

In January, the 40-year-old Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School — which was affiliated with the Conservative movement’s Schechter Network — announced that financial problems exacerbated by declining enrollment were forcing it to close.

Rockland Jewish Academy teacher Melanie Garvey works with children as classrooms are being set up for new year. michael datikash

Education August 2012

Heights Of Learning
The tuition crisis and “blended” learning updates; Rockland’s new/old day school; the new-look Hebrew school; and an exclusive interview with Israel’s education minister.

08/21/2012
Education August 2012

Education August 2012

Heights Of Learning:

The tuition crisis and “blended” learning updates, Rockland’s new/old day school,
the new-look Hebrew school, and an exclusive interview with Israel’s education minister.

08/21/2012
Special Sections: Education | Summer 2012

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
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