Education


High School Seniors Open Interfaith Dialogue

By Marc Tracy

During the last school year, seniors at the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School, on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, met regularly with their counterparts at Al-Iman, an Islamic day school in Jamaica, Queens.Read More


Grant Helps Professor Tackle Adolescent Girls' Issues

By Sara Rubin

Certain topics of particular interest to adolescent girls go unaddressed in most classrooms, because they make many educators and students squirm: sex, gender, eating disorders, abusive relationships. Dr. Shira D. Epstein aims to change that situation.Read More


Yeshiva University Undergrads Take a Broad View of Humanitarian Efforts

By Mark I. Levenstein

Last January, 14 students from Yeshiva University traveled to Honduras during their winter break. But they weren’t there to snorkel or sunbathe or swim in the Caribbean; they spent their “vacation” in a mountain village without heat, electricity or plumbing, building a school for a community of Evangelical Christians.Read More


Talking Books Help Kids Learn To Read

By Elisha Sauers

In the first passage of a grade-school primer called “The Little Midrash Says,” Moses assembles the Children of Israel one last time before his death to make a speech, because he knows he will not survive their trek to the promised land. “I will repeat the Torah and mitzvos to them, and I will make sure they learn them well,” he decides — and then he repeats the Torah and the Commandments so many times that it takes him 36 days to finish his speech.Read More


Hebrew Students Earn Credit

By Josh Yaffa

When Katie Melchior received her diploma this summer from San Diego’s Westview High School, her transcript showed that she had fulfilled the foreign-language requirement for her local school district by taking three years of Hebrew.Read More


Meditation Hits the Jewish Mainstream

By Rebecca Spence

On any given morning at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, a group of seventh- and eighth-graders can be found lying quietly beside one another on old baby quilts, basking in the stillness of meditation. New Age music plays softly in the background, while their teacher leads them through a series of calming breathing exercises in the dimly lit school library.Read More


Minors in Jewish Studies Make Major Gains

That explains how minor programs became possible, but there’s still the question of motivation: Why would a Catholic school set up a Jewish studies program?“It is part of the aspiration of Catholic colleges to be great colleges,” Fisher told the Forward. “Excellent colleges have Jewish studies; you can’t teach WesternRead More


Day Schools Balance Science, Religion

By E.B. Solomont

Since they are private institutions, Jewish day schools do not face church-state issues when it comes to teaching about creation. Nonetheless, the subject still poses challenges for day school educators.“Families who choose religious education do so with the understanding that schools will take on issues of morality, faith and theology,”Read More


Orthodox Rethinking Campus Outreach

By Steven I. Weiss

Following on the heels of Chabad-Lubavitch’s successful campus programs, other Orthodox groups are now reaching out in new ways to college students of every Jewish denomination.Non-Hasidic, ultra-Orthodox Jews — or mitnagdim — have adopted an approach that is startlingly similar to the one presented by Chabad, the Hasidic sect whose outreachRead More


Foundation To Send Hebrew School Teachers to Israel

By Nathaniel Popper

Phyllis Osher, who has been teaching Hebrew school students about Israel for years, has not been there herself since 1982.That will change in August, when Osher goes to Israel on a new program of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation, which will pay for 40 Hebrew and pre-school teachers to go to Israel for 10 days.“We want to makeRead More


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