Education


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


Dyslexic Girls See The Light

By Miriam Colton

When Leah David couldn’t find the proper school for her daughter, she started her own.“My daughter wasn’t getting it,” David said. A stay-at-home mother to Gittel Bracha, her only child, David had been meeting with teachers and principals in her daughter’s Orthodox school for two years to discuss the young girl’s difficultiesRead More


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


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


Israelis Living in the U.S. Find a Special Place To Learn

By Jill Suzanne Jacobs

Children lugging backpacks rivaling their own weight trudge slowly up the stairs on a typical Monday afternoon at Temple Sinai in Brookline, Mass. At first glance, it looks like another session of an ordinary afternoon Hebrew school is about to begin.But leaning one’s ear closer, one hears children kibitzing in a mixture of English andRead More


Educators Sharpen Their Skills Through Internet Courses

By Howard Kleinman

Modern communications began with telegraph inventor Samuel Morse transmitting a religious question, “What hath God wrought?” across state lines. It is fitting, then, that the most recent evolution in telecommunications — the Internet — is now instrumental in transmitting religious knowledge across America.Faced with the challengeRead More


New Initiative Aims To Recruit, Retain Jewish Teachers

By Miriam Colton

To spotlight what it regards as one of the most pressing problems plaguing Jewish education today, the Jewish Education Service of North America, known as JESNA, will host a summit next month to address recruitment and retention of teachers in Jewish schools. MajorRead More


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