Education


Grassroots Student Groups Calmly Tackle Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

By Seth Berkman

Grassroots campus student groups formed to address the Mideast conflict often focus on dialogue rather than fierce debate.Read More


From Ethiopian Orphanage to Jewish Day School

By Vicky Tobianah

Mesfin Hodes was adopted by an Orthodox Jewish doctor working in Ethiopia. He knew he would get a better education if he moved to America.Read More


Hebrew School Gets Web Savvy

By Emily Shire

EDUCATION: It’s the dawn of a new era for bored and irritated Hebrew school students. Interactive online lessons can make the language and culture come alive.Read More


Drawn to Chabad Preschools, Stuffed Torahs and All

By Deborah Kolben

EDUCATION: Many less-observant Jews wouldn’t dream about going to a Chabad synagogue. But the group’s preschools attract a growing enrollment from across the spectrum of Judaism.Read More


50 Years of Integration Began With Jewish Student's Editorial

By Dina Weinstein

EDUCATION: A straight-A student risked the wrath of classmates with an editorial at the University of Alabama calling for integration. His words resonate 50 years later.Read More


Digital Learners Can’t Do It On Own

By Barry Joseph

FALL EDUCATION Digital media helps children pursue their own learning. Now is the time for adults to claim our unique role in the the digital age, writes Barry Joseph.Read More


Technology’s Limits in Education

By Barry W. Holtz

FALL EDUCATION: Much of the development of digital Jewish education tools is extraordinary. But Barry W. Holtz considers what they mean for a community committed to education.Read More


Rethinking Holocaust Education

By Simi Lampert

FALL EDUCATION: Some young adults are beginning to resent the way the Holocaust has been taught. They want to embrace a more uplifting Jewish identity.Read More


Fun Times at Hebrew School

By Blair Thornburgh

FALL EDUCATION: Hebrew school once meant boring lectures. But now students can learn through classes like painting, Bible Raps and Midrash Manicures.Read More


What Was Driving Force Behind Jewish History?

By Jonathan B. Krasner

FALL EDUCATION: What if most of what we know about the history of the Jewish people is wrong? This premise informs Maristella Botticini and Zvi Eckstein’s new book.Read More





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