Education


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


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


Catholic Headmaster Helps Jewish Academy Prosper

By Nathaniel Popper

When Adam Holden, 38, took over as the headmaster at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy — the only Jewish day school in the Kansas City metropolitan area — he never was sure when he met Orthodox women and girls whether he should shake their hands.This uncertainty makes sense, given that the British-born Holden is a devout Catholic. UntilRead More


Dr. Ruth Shares Her Passion — for Israel

By Ethan Porter

As America’s most outspoken sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer is an expert at keeping romance alive. Now, Dr. Ruth is focusing on a different kind of passion: her love for Israel.Before she was writing books and hosting talk shows about sex, Dr. Ruth served in the Haganah, fighting valiantly in Israel’s War of Independence. More than fiveRead More


Israeli Innovator Eyes American Schools Hebrew Gets Hot at Universities

By Ethan Porter

Yaacov Hecht helped transform the school system in Israel. Now he has come to the United States to talk about the state of education in America.As the director of the Tel Aviv-based Institute for Democratic Education, Hecht has long been pushing the idea of “democratic education” — schools and classes that areRead More


Program Trains Teachers To Use Students’ Strengths

By Max Gross

Rebecca Coen, an English teacher at Yavneh Hebrew Academy in Los Angeles, was going through her lesson one day when a hand went up.The seventh grader whose hand was raised asked Coen to slow down. “I’m having a real hard time with saliency determination,” the student explained.It’s not the kind of phrase that tumbles out of the mouths ofRead More


Day Schools Learn New Math During Economic Downturn

By Daniel Treiman

Throughout the prosperous 1990s, the Agnon School, a non-denominational Jewish day school in the Cleveland suburb of Beachwood, experienced steady growth in student enrollment.In the last few years, however, with the national economic downturn, the student population has fallen by more than a quarter — from a high of 410 students enrolled in itsRead More


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