Education


Shoah Seminar Stirs Educators

Public school teacher Ronda Hassig remembers when the Holocaust became real for her: when a young Jewish boy in her classroom in Overland Park, Kan., recognized a concentration camp survivors’ medal, which she had purchased at an antique store, on her desk.“‘Ms. Hassig,’ he said, ‘I have one of those, and it belongs to myRead More


Act of Hatred Becomes A Tool To Teach Tolerance

By Miriam Colton

It was an incident that many in Lincoln, Neb., would prefer to forget. But Tom Kolbe is making sure that never happens.In 1995, three teenage boys from the Goodrich Middle School in Lincoln scuttled over the fence of Mount Carmel Cemetery to disrupt the funeral of a 99-year-old Jewish man, shouting “Heil Hitler,” and spitting tobaccoRead More


Online Guide Catalogs Jewish Offerings on Campus

By Ethan Porter

Hillel, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, has released an updated version of its Guide to Jewish Life on Campus, and for the first time has made it available exclusively online (www. hillel.org).“We’ve updated all of the information for every single campus with which we have contact, from the smallest university to theRead More


Mameloshn Thriving in Montreal

By Jason Silberberg

When Eli Batalion graduated from high school in 1997, he was able to speak four languages fluently. And when he was asked to give a valedictory address at the graduation ceremony, he chose to do so in the language closest to his heart, informing the audience, in eloquent Yiddish, “…Duss iz mayn identitet. Kh’bin a poylisher yid.”Read More


French Flock Flies to Y.U.

By Ethan Porter

Yeshiva University will see its enrollment of undergraduate students from France double when the fall semester begins.According to the school’s admissions department, the number of French students will rise next month from 20 to perhaps more than 40. The increase comes after two school officials — Ethel Orlian, assistant dean of Y.U.’s SternRead More


Progressive Zionists Go Back to School

By Ethan Porter

Anti-Israeli student activists have grown increasingly vocal on college campuses in recent years, but in many cases the only organized pro-Israel response has been from right-wing groups. Other Jewish students — equally pro-Israel but far more liberal — can find themselves without a voice. Liberals say an essential part of the discourse isRead More


Adult Education Courses Come to the Small Screen

By Jennifer Siegel

Adults seeking to bolster their knowledge of Judaism have an alternative to attending adult education classes or slogging through a textbook: They can turn on their videocassette recorders.A number of Jewish courses are now available on videotape — as well as on DVD, compact disc and audiotape — as part of an adult-education series offeredRead More


And Justice for All: Curriculum Connects Learning With Action

By Jill Suzanne Jacobs

‘Stephanie Rotsky, World Fixer” reads the sign in Hebrew and English at the entrance to Rotsky’s office at the Rashi School, a Reform Jewish day school outside Boston. It can’t be easy to live up to such great expectations, but Rotsky’s actual job title is perhaps no less daunting: social justice coordinator.Rotsky is theRead More


Program Offers a Gift to Struggling Kids

By Ethan Porter

Almost 10 summers have passed since Meredith Englander last saw Josh, but she still remembers him clearly. At that time, Englander was working as a counselor at a Jewish camp and he was her camper. Josh, then only 8 years old, was asked to leave the camp because of behavioral issues.Ever since the indelible image of a young childRead More


Coping With the Cost of College: Grandpa Can Help

By Max Gross

First, the bad news: If you have a child born after the year 2000, his or her total tuition bill for college could run in excess of a quarter-million dollars.Now, the good news: Harold Simansky can help you. His new workbook — “College Costs How Much?!” — contains all the sober facts about the cost of education, and offers a range ofRead More





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