Education


Day School Innovates Curriculum With Help From Corporate Donor

By Ariella Cohen

As Jewish day schools strive to attract a new generation of computer-savvy students and their very discriminating parents, private funding from secular sources may be the key to the future.This fall, South Area Solomon Schechter Day School, located in Stoughton, Mass., will launch an integrated math and science program with aRead More


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


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


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