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Living With Asperger’s: Education Is a Struggle

By David Morris

College is a struggle no matter what your mental status is. For me, it was particularly challenging, because I have Asperger’s syndrome, which was diagnosed when I was 18.It’s a “hot” disorder in popular culture: Characters with this form of high-functioning autism have turned up in several recent novels, including the best-sellingRead More


Kids With Special Needs Find Increasing Opportunities

By Sarah Kricheff

Educational programs for students with special needs in Boston-area Jewish day schools got a significant financial boost this summer.In June, Combined Jewish Philanthropies announced a $2 million investment to enhance and expand the schools’ special education programs. The money comes from the Peerless Excellence Project, a CJP initiative fundedRead More


Pilot Program Focuses on Teacher Retention

By Mark I. Levenstein

The largest North American organization for Jewish educators is taking on the greatest challenge facing Jewish schools: employing and retaining quality teachers. The Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education recently released its third semiannual progress report on Project Kavod, a three-year pilot project designed to improve theRead More


Congregational Schools Seek New Vision

By Shoshana Olidort

Congregational Hebrew schools aren’t easy to love. Students are expected to give up their Sunday mornings and weekday afternoons — and, often, soccer practice, ballet rehearsal or any number of after-school activities — to memorize ancient history, learn basic Hebrew and study their prayers. Is it any wonder that, according to some, lessRead 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


Youth Group Prepares Outreach to Yeshiva Officials

By Ethan Porter

Gay students often have a particularly difficult time in Orthodox schools. One young gay man to whom the Forward spoke — he asked to be identified simply as Chaim, since he is not out of the closet to most of his friends and family — recalled his experiences at a yeshiva in New York. The school’s rabbi, he said, used to pepper his lecturesRead More


Reform, Conservative Movements Collaborate on Principal Training

By Eric J. Greenberg

The educational arms of the Reform and Conservative movements are cooperating in an unprecedented way on a new project. Reform’s Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion and Conservative’s Jewish Theological Seminary both have agreed to provide faculty and funds for the Leadership Institute for CongregationalRead More


Workshops Challenge the Deafening Silence Around Gay Issues

By Ethan Porter

Three years ago, a study conducted by the LGBT Education Collaborative about how Jewish schools deal with sexual diversity — one of the first studies of its kind — found that many educational institutions maintain a “deafening” silence on the subject.That is beginning to change.Mosaic: The National Jewish Center for Sexual and GenderRead More





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