Education & Careers

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
08/20/2012 - 20:00

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
08/20/2012 - 20:00

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
08/20/2012 - 20:00

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.

08/20/2012 - 20:00
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.
08/20/2012 - 20:00
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
08/20/2012 - 20:00

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
01/09/2012 - 19:00

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
01/09/2012 - 19:00

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
01/09/2012 - 19:00

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
01/09/2012 - 19:00

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.
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