Education


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


Turning Living Rooms Into Schoolrooms

By Jennifer Siegel

As a transplant from Philadelphia to Nashville, Tenn., Bill Bernstein resigned himself to a life with fewer opportunities for the perfect bagel or for kosher Chinese food. But when he discovered that his 9-year-old son, Viktor, was bored and unhappy at the only Jewish day school in the city, Bernstein refused to accept his lack of options.Instead,Read More


Confirmation Class Blazes New Trail

By Lauren Appelbaum

This fall, as happens every fall, students in Hebrew schools around the country will begin their confirmation studies. But at Old York Road Temple Beth Am, this year will be a little different. Next spring, when the confirmation class conducts the service on Shavuot, five students with physical, cognitive and verbal disabilities willRead More


Adios, Spanish! Hebrew Gets Hot on Campus

By Rachel Zuckerman

Stephen Black wanted to study Hebrew in high school. But despite the sizable Jewish community in his New Jersey hometown, Black’s public school didn’t offer Hebrew classes, so he settled for Spanish instead. Then, last fall, when he enrolled as a freshman at Harvard University, Black had the chance at last to study Hebrew, and he jumped atRead More


Judaic Studies Classes See Enrollment Boom

By Nacha Cattan

Lauren Twigg entered San Diego State University as an undergraduate four years ago with a game plan: She would study business and become a chief executive officer of a powerful company. But what she didn’t bank on was that she’d be bored to tears by her math and economics courses.“I figured if I didn’t like the studying, I wasn’t goingRead More


Israel Advocacy Coalition Targeting High Schools

By Max Gross

In response to what many are calling the sad state of Israel advocacy on college campuses, prominent Jewish communal officials and educators have settled on a new approach to teaching undergraduates how to defend the Jewish state: Start in high school.About 60 juniors and seniors from Jewish high schools in the New York metropolitan areaRead More


Russian School Helps Kids Maintain Parents’ Heritage

By Ariel Zilber

The mass exodus of Jews from the former Soviet Union in the past decade has created a unique quandary for Jewish schools: How can educators help immigrants’ children maintain links to a country they don’t know, and imbue them with knowledge of a religion and culture that is often unfamiliar to their parents?The Shalom School inRead More


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