Education


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


SAT Tutor Raises Scores by Singing a Silly Song

By Daniel B. Honigman

Renee Mazer is trying to help high school students get into good colleges — by teaching them silly songs and cheesy poems.Mazer is the creator of “Not Too Scary Vocabulary!: For the SAT and Other Standardized Tests and Success in Life,” a boxed set of CDs (or audio tapes) aimed at beefing up students’ semantic skills. Using playfulRead 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


Day Schools Learn To Sell Themselves In a Competitive Educational Market

By Jennifer Siegel

When Michael Raileanu moved to Forth Worth, Texas, in 2003, he was shocked to learn that many Jews there were unaware of the Fort Worth Hebrew Day School, the only Jewish academy in town. Raileanu was personally troubled, and for a good reason: He had relocated from Los Angeles to become the school’s new director.“Two Saturday morningsRead More


Art Connects Kids Halfway Around the Globe

By Jeffrey Griggs

American students and Israeli students might speak different languages, but they have learned another way to communicate: through art.Four years ago, the American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the museum’s education department launched an art exchange program. Originally intended to connect students in NewRead More


Fewer Orthodox Teaching in Public Schools

By Max Gross

‘As long as there are final exams, there will always be prayer in school!”So reads the store-bought sign that hangs behind Leonard Stahl, president of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Teachers, in the organization’s modest offices in the Midwood section of Brooklyn. But the situation facing Stahl isn’t a joke: The number of Orthodox JewsRead More


Teen Mags Put Hip Cover on Jewish Culture

By Nathaniel Popper

The first 15,000 glossy copies of JVibe magazine shipped out to Jewish schools across the country this month. From the cover, Evan Taubenfeld, the dirty-blonde guitarist for pop singer Avril Lavigne, peers out coolly at teenage Jewish readers.The teen magazine is the latest product from the mini-media empire known as JewishRead More


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