Education


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


Columbia, JTS Mark Half a Century of Partnership

By Gabriel Sanders

The Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University celebrated the 50th anniversary of their joint undergraduate program this past November, prompting administrators and students past and present to toast half a century of fruitful collaboration between Conservative Judaism’s flagship institution and New York City’s sole Ivy LeagueRead More


YIVO Opens Internet Portal to the Past

By Rick Harrison

Ever wonder what it was like to walk down Lubartovska Street in the Polish city of Lublin in 1937? Or what a Jewish self-defense group in the Ukrainian port city of Odessa looked like in 1918? Or how a kindergarten music class in a Lithuanian Jewish school sounded 70 years ago? A new curriculum targeted at secondary school and college students —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


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


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