Education


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


Survivor Uses Her Life as a Teaching Tool

By Jennifer Siegel

Ice cream is what Gerda Weissmann Klein remembers most about birthdays during her youth in Bielsko, Poland.In those days, ice cream was made by hand only in the summer, and every year Klein’s mother made the first batch of the season in her honor. By early May, the lilacs were in bloom, but a chill remained in the air, and so, at herRead 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


Photographer Puts the Whole Jewish World in Focus

By Anthony Weiss

Zion Ozeri has made his living photographing Jews all over the world, from the mountains of Yemen to the streets of New York to the jungles of Peru. He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums and has published his photographs in newspapers, books and magazines. And now, Ozeri is bringing his work to a new space: the classroom.This schoolRead More


Adults Explore Faith in Holocaust Class

By Anthony Weiss

In the face of injustice and suffering, can one believe in God? Why do bad things happen to good people? How can civilized people torture and murder? In 160 cities around the world, students recently explored these questions in “Beyond Never Again,” a new adult education course about the Holocaust. Chabad’s Jewish Learning Institute offersRead More


Survivor Uses Her Life as a Teaching Tool

By Jennifer Siegel

Ice cream is what Gerda Weissmann Klein remembers most about birthdays during her youth in Bielsko, Poland.In those days, ice cream was made by hand only in the summer, and every year Klein’s mother made the first batch of the season in her honor. By early May, the lilacs were in bloom, but a chill remained in the air, and so, at herRead More


‘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


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


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


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


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