Education


ORT's Nonsectarian Work Booms

By Nathaniel Popper

When ORT opened a computer-learning center in Brooklyn last year, the focus was on Orthodox Jewish students, but, within a few weeks, non-Jewish kids from the neighborhood were asking to take part. Now the Jews and non-Jews work next to each other every Tuesday and Thursday after school.Read More


Examining Day Schools, Author Finds Troubled Teachers

In 1994, Carol Ingall decided to follow the development of three promising graduate students as they embarked upon careers as Jewish day-school teachers. Through regular interviews conducted over the course of 10 years, Ingall, an education professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary, hoped to explore the ways in which teachers evolve from novices to masters. What she found, however, was something else entirely. All three of Ingall’s subjects, rather than becoming seasoned pedagogues, decided instead to leave the profession. In her new book, “Down the Up Staircase: Tales of Teaching in Jewish Day Schools” (JTS), Ingall — mother of the Forward’s East Village Mamele, Marjorie Ingall — describes her three students’ journeys, and in the process offers a glimpse into the world of today’s Jewish day schools.Read More


Traveling Teachers Save Schools Across the South

By Eric Herschthal

A dozen students will be confirmed next spring at B’nai Israel, a Conservative synagogue in Pensacola, Fla. While the occasion is cause for celebration, it is also cause for concern: When those students are confirmed, B’nai Israel’s Sunday school will lose nearly half its students, and the congregation will no longer be able to pay its one salaried educator.Read More


Jews, Muslims Come Together on Rutgers Campus

By Shay Shaked

On many college campuses, Jewish and Muslim students meet as adversaries, protesting events taking place in the Middle East, thousands of miles away. At Rutgers University Jewish and Muslim students are focusing on issues closer to home, and they are meeting as partners.Read More


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


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