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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


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


Montessori Movement Offers Jewish Educators an Alternative

By Ben Harris

Ayelet Lichtash has had a busy summer. In the fall, she will welcome the first class to a new preschool in North Bethesda, Md., that marries a regular Jewish curriculum with the principles of Montessori education. Her summer has been consumed with securing zoning, building a playground, recruiting teachers and inspiring parents to signRead More


Social Action Month Aims To Boost Student Activism

By Jacob Savage

The month of Heshvan — the second month of the Jewish calendar — is traditionally known as “Bitter Heshvan”; the High Holy Days are over, and gloom sets in as the leaves fall from the trees. A new initiative, however, aims to take some of the bitterness out of Heshvan by transforming it into Jewish Social Action Month.The initiative doesRead More


Holocaust Program for Teachers Resumes After Hiatus

By E.B. Solomont

After being suspended for three years, a summer study program for Holocaust educators resumed last month with a revised itinerary.The Holocaust and Jewish Resistance Teachers Program, initiated by the Jewish Labor Committee in 1984, has been taking teachers to Shoah-related sites in Poland and Israel for two decades. But eachRead More





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