Education


Spicy Texas Passover at UT-Austin

By Bridget Kevane

Passover at the University of Texas at Austin this year will feature matzo with a hint of jalapeño.Read More


Hebrew Charter School Movement Shows Signs of Growth — and Growing Pains

By Andrew Brownstein

The nascent Hebrew charter school movement is expanding. But expansion sometimes brings growing pains, including an abrupt school closing.Read More


Israel's Model of Engineering Education Comes To American Jewish High Schools

By Andrew Brownstein

Israel’s known as the ‘start-up nation.’ Now its highly successful model of high school engineering education is coming to Jewish schools in America.Read More


Maimonides, Medieval Jewish Thinker, Enjoys a Postmodern Revival

By Doni Bloomfield

Maimonides was a preeminent philosopher of Jewish law in the 12th century. In 2014, he’s trending again. A scholarly conference asks: What is it about him that’s captured our attention?Read More


Zach Braff's New Movie, 'Wish I Was Here,' Plays on Actor's Jewish Upbringing

By Forward Staff

In ‘Wish I Was Here,’ Zach Braff plays a struggling Hollywood actor whose decision to pull his kids out of Jewish day school leads him on a spiritual journey.Read More


Project Zug Promotes Jewish Textual Study Using Internet Video Technology

By Michael Kaminer

Project Zug uses online video chat platform Skype to connect Jews around the world through hevruta, the age-old Jewish tradition of studying in pairs.Read More


As Teens Defect from Shul, Congregations Find Ways to Revamp Programming

By Sarah Seltzer

Bar and bat mitzvahs are often treated as a lavish culmination of a child’s Jewish education. How can synagogues keep teens coming back after the party’s over?Read More


Hebrew School Has Nowhere To Go But Up

By Rob Weinberg

Study after study shows that Hebrew schools are failing to engage Jewish teens. It’s a shofar blast for change — so why does nothing happen?Read More


David Coleman, the Most Influential Education Figure You've Never Heard Of

By Joy Resmovits

David Coleman, president of the College Board, is at the center of this nation’s fierce curriculum wars. So how come you’ve never heard of him?Read More


For One Teen, Getting a Jewish Education Was a Form of Rebellion

By Lilit Marcus

While her more religious friends were rejecting their Jewish roots, Lilit Marcus decided she needed to know more about hers.Read More





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