A push for early childhood initiatives for children and their parents.
Lisa Bernstein is in the Temple Kol Ami nursery school frequently, while she is dropping off and picking up her two sons. But amid the chaos of getting a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old bundled up, while also managing an infant daughter, it is often too hectic for Bernstein to check in with the teachers or give more than a cursory glance at the student artwork on the classroom walls.
Jewish Student Unions expanding at public schools
in Westchester, hoping to lure the unaffiliated.
Some high school students join the volleyball squad, the debate team or Model UN. But 16-year-old Meryl Rosenberg, a junior at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua worked hard to open a branch of the Jewish Student Union in her Westchester County school last month.
Synagogues, educational groups rethinking offerings and
restructuring programs to reach a new generation.
For eighth graders enrolled in Temple Emanu-El’s religious schoolTemple Emanu-El’s religious school, the lessons this year are less aleph-bet and more ABC.
Once a month, the young teens make the short trek from Upper East Side to East Harlem to volunteer with elementary-age kids at the Association to Benefit Children, an agency that offers numerous services for disadvantaged children.
Columbia Library’s Jewish holdings get Boost ... Bible Raps, G-dcast make Slingshot list … Israeli gov’t doubles Birthright money.
A Dutch scholar, in the United States two months ago, got an unexpected call one day from a staff member of the Columbia University library system. The staffer, Yoram Bitton, had found in the library’s rare-books archives several centuries-old manuscripts in Hebrew and Dutch that would aid the scholar’s research in the history of Jewish printing in Amsterdam.
The Revolution in Teen Outreach: From synagogues to public high schools, new programming to lure a new generation. Plus: American students flocking to Israeli med schools, and a bold new model for Hebrew schools.
Now a decade old, the American Hebrew Academy in Greensboro,
despite growing pains, is hitting its stride.
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Touring the sites of Riverdale with out-of-town visitors on a recent Shabbat, I noted the scenic campus of the Telshe Yeshiva, an elite academy overlooking the Hudson River educating high school and post-high school budding Talmudic scholars. Virtually all students are out-of-towners, who, together with their prestigious faculty, are creating a haredi community in many ways dissonant yet coexisting with Riverdale’s Modern Orthodox subculture.
Three students at the AMIT Junior and Senior High School in Beersheva, Israel, won first, second and fourth place awards at the recent First Step to the Nobel Prize in Physics competition held in Warsaw, Poland. This is the third straight year that an AMIT student from Beersheva captured one of the gold medals in the prestigious competition.
This year’s event brought together teams of high school students from the United States, China and throughout Europe. The students submit projects that are then judged by professors of physics for originally and academic excellence.
JTA — The widow of real estate mogul Saul Brandman said she was giving $8 million to the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Joyce Brandman announced Aug. 12 that the donation through the university’s American fund-raising arm in New York will go to build a laboratory research center on the Givat Ram campus. The center will focus on the school’s chemistry, biology, physics and pharmacology programs, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Study of American Jews making its way into Israeli schools.
Tel Aviv – The Jews of America may be the largest Jewish community in the diaspora, but that does not mean Israeli schoolchildren learn much about them.
Sixty-two years after Israel’s founding, its school system still largely sticks to the Zionist trope that all Jews should live in Israel and those who do not at the very least should be actively engaged in helping support the Jewish state. In turn, there is scant study of contemporary Jewish life in America.
With hiring of AJC veteran, the pro-Israel campus group
looking to strengthen its mainstream status.
Washington — In a continuing bid to transition from campus rabble rousers to more mainstream educators, The David Project has hired a Jewish establishment veteran to guide the pro-Israel campus organization.
In recent years The David Project has expanded from its original mission — confronting what it identified as radically anti-Israel groups on campus — to educating Jewish students on Israel.