Education


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


Colleges Connect Online

By Mordechai Shinefield

A new Web site is connecting Jewish students on college campuses across the country.Campus J, launched this spring at www.campusj.com, offers a forum for students to report on Jewish activities at their universities, and to exchange ideas and information.Campus J founder Steven I. Weiss — a frequent contributor to the Forward — envisions hisRead More


Mini-schools Push ‘Jewish Literacy’ for Adults

By Sarah Givner

In the fall, four new Florence Melton Adult Mini-Schools will open throughout North America, joining ranks with the more than 60 such schools already in operation worldwide.The world’s largest Jewish adult education network, the Florence Melton Adult Mini-Schools have expanded at a steady rate of four to five schools per year, with graduates nowRead More


Orthodox Schools Tackle Drug and Alcohol Abuse

By Jennifer Siegel

Rifka used to believe that Judaism would insulate her from the addictions that plagued her father. The child of a Christian father and a Jewish mother who divorced when she was a small child, she enrolled in an Orthodox day school with the support of her mother, became devoutly observant and threw himself into community activities.Read More


Chabad Makes Major Inroads at Universities

By E.B. Solomont

Toward the end of the spring semester this past May, a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi and about a dozen students celebrated a major victory at Tufts University. After nearly two years of vying for recognition as an official student group at the liberal arts college in Medford, Mass., Tufts’s student government finally recognized Chabad.RabbiRead More





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