Education


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


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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