Education


‘Intelligent Design’ Battles Rage On

By E.B. Solomont

Advocates of teaching Intelligent Design in public schools suffered a major loss last month, when a judge in Dover, Pa., struck down a proposed curriculum based on the concept. But this was not the last word on the subject. In fact, battles over Intelligent Design continue to rage, with fronts spreading across America.Parents in Lebec, Calif., aRead 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


Catholic Colleges Give Jewish Programs a Lift

By Jeri Zeder

A cross balances atop the spire of Lyons Hall on Boston College’s campus. But a hint of a Jewish presence — a small Israeli flag — is visible through one window of the Gothic-influenced building. That’s the office of Maxim Shrayer, chair of the Slavic and Eastern languages department — which is also the home of Boston College’s newRead More


Deli Maker Finds Delicious Way To Raise Funds

By Sarah Kricheff

The heads of Abeles & Heymann Gourmet Kosher Provisions are thinking about hot dogs in a whole new way.Concerned about the rising costs of education at Jewish day schools, A&H co-presidents Seth Leavitt and David Flamholz have decided to take action. They recently launched A&H for ABCs, a yearlong initiative in which a percentageRead More


Holocaust Curriculum Shines Spotlight on Resistance

By E.B. Solomont

New Jersey mandated Holocaust education in its public schools more than a decade ago. But until now, something has been missing.The New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education recommended last summer that teachers add a new subject to the standard curriculum about the Shoah: Jewish partisan fighters. Although individual teachers may have broachedRead More


Day School in N.Y. ‘Adopts’ Gaza’s Displaced Students

By E.B. Solomont

It started as a simple letter-writing campaign: The students at an Orthodox boys’ school in Monsey, N.Y., sent notes expressing their sympathy to kids their age who were forced to move last summer when Israel evacuated settlements in Gaza and parts of the West Bank.But then the project grew, and soon Yeshiva DarcheiRead 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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