Education & Careers

Very Early Childhood Education

Program at New Rochelle temple taking kids as young as 6 weeks in bid to get families engaged. Just don’t call it day care.

Associate Editor

In just a year, Matt Baumoel has gone from being the hard-core atheist who “shunned” all things Jewish to serving as the president of a Reform temple parents’ association. In fact, his “baffled” longtime friends now jokingly refer to him as “Super Jew.”

The cause of the transformation? His 3-year-old daughter’s nursery school.

Shabbat at Kehillah: “not just warehousing” children.

A Roundup Of Education News

New YU programs: From Thomas Paine to ‘experiential’ education; Touro adds medical college to its family; Alexander Muss H.S. in Israel expanding.

Staff Writer

In the coming weeks, some undergraduate students and rabbinical students at Yeshiva University will be studying the works of political thinkers like Thomas Paine and John Locke, and the words of such scholars as Maimonides and Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Yehudah Berlin, focusing on the intersection of Jewish philosophy and Western society.

Education & Careers August 2011

A New Language For The Classroom

Israeli high-tech curriculum comes to NY day schools; Are we ready for the new borderless classroom?; 'Very' early childhood education, and more.

Education August 2011

Adventure Camp Head: From Equities To Eco

Associate Editor

A decade ago, Rabbi Eliav Bock spent long days on the trading floors of Lower Manhattan. Now, a typical day is more likely to include rock climbing, horseback riding and mountain biking in the Colorado Rockies. A longtime Boy Scout and camp counselor, Rabbi Bock, 33, is the director of the Conservative movement’s Ramah Outdoor Adventures, one of five camps to open last summer with support from the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Specialty Camp Incubator Project.

Robert Eliav Block, director of the Ramah Outdoor Adventures camp.

The Jews Of Texas Christian

Members of the Tribe have a presence at the Rose Bowl-winning campus — and at many other Protestant and Catholic universities.


Los Angeles (JTA) — Texas Cristian University  may have seemed out of place at this season’s Rose Bowl — but not as much as a few of its fans.

The notion of Jewish students at Texas Christian may seem like a mismatch, but don’t tell that to the several dozen Jewish students at TCU who are now basking in the glory of their team’s 21-19 victory over Big Ten power Wisconsin on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif. Who says the Horned Frog, TCU’s mascot, can’t wear a kipa?

Hillel students at TCU mount a Holocaust exhibit every year. jta

A Green Exchange

Israeli, New Jersey teens team up in program to raise environmental awareness and make an Eco Connection.

Israel Correspondent

Arad, Israel — Tu b’Shvat, the tree-planting holiday, was fast approaching, so it seemed only fitting that the project being run by the environmental education organization Sviva Israel for a group of sixth graders at the Chalamish School in this southern Israeli town would involve seeds and soil.

Seeds of a partnership: New Jerseyites look at soil samples with Israeli sixth graders at the Chalmish School in Arad.

Med School In Israel: Just What The Doctor Ordered

Growing numbers of American students — Jewish and
non — are opting for programs in the Jewish state.

Special To The Jewish Week

When Miriam Langer was waitlisted at one of her preferred medical school programs in the United States, she decided that rather than wait or reapply later, she would opt for an alternative — attend a program in Israel.

Maya Garala in the maternity ward at a hospital in B’nei Brak.

The New Hebrew School Will Take A Village

Envisioning a family-centered, synagogue-based
and community enriched model.

Special To The Jewish Week

Imagine if you will a typical week in the Jewish education of a fourth grader named Josh.

Rabbi Joy Levitt’s vision of community-based Jewish education incorporates Scouts-like “badges” and varieties of informal settin

The Muppet Beit Midrash

Twelve new episodes of ‘Shalom Sesame’ reveal a changing Israel — and cater to a full spectrum of American Jews.

Special To The Jewish Week

Slapstick goes far with the young set. The first episode of the new “Shalom Sesame” collection opens with Anneliese van der Pol, star of “That’s So Raven,” on a flight to Israel. The klutzy flight attendant —everyone’s cute and furry blue pal Grover — serves falafel to Anneliese and a falafel ball ends up on her curmudgeonly seatmate’s head.

The same uptight muppet, who is dressed in a suit, appears in “Chanukah: The Missing Menorah.” This time, the offending object on his head is a latke.

The human cast of “Shalom Sesame.” Messages about “pluralism, coexistence, modernity behind the cute ‘Sesame’ characters"

New ‘Gateways’ For Family Engagement

A push for early childhood initiatives for children and their parents.

Associate Editor

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.

Students work on an art project at Temple Kol Ami’s nursery school.
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