Education


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


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


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


Educators Aim To Move Beyond ‘Mythic Israel’

By Nacha Cattan

Israel education in North America is in the dumps.That is the conclusion drawn by Israeli and American education experts interviewed in a new study on the subject: “Mapping Israel Education, An Overview of Trends and Issues in North America.”Israel study here is not its own “field,” because it sorely lacks focus and a body ofRead More


Images on Nightly News Pose Challenge

By Ross Schneiderman

Teaching about Israel was a major topic of conversation at a recent conference organized by the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education.The three-day meeting, held in late June at Hofstra University on Long Island, featured a number of sessions designed for educators who are grappling with different ways to present IsraelRead More


Cultural Exchange Helps Classes Broaden Their Borders

By Ross Schneiderman

Two Jewish day schools – in different countries, speaking different languages — will launch a cross-cultural exchange this fall that administrators hope will lead to a growing friendship between their two communities.In September, students at the Westchester-Fairfield Hebrew Academy in Greenwich, Conn., and the Jaim Weitzman School inRead More


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