Reuven Kalifon


Making Hebrew a Priority

By Reuven Kalifon

Florida’s Ben Gamla Charter School may be America’s only Hebrew charter school — with another on the way in New York — but the fledgling movement to create more such schools across the country is spurring vigorous debate within the Jewish community. At issue are the relative merits of publicly funded charter schools and private day schools, questions pertaining to the separation of religion and state, and the relationship of American Jews to the public school system. Even as it has raised these thorny questions, the Hebrew charter school movement has already made one incredibly important contribution to the communal discourse about Jewish education: It has put the oft-neglected issue of Hebrew literacy back on the agenda.Read More






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