Seeing Both Sides of the Holy Land

By Sarah Wildman

Most tourists only see one side of the Israeli-Palestinian divide. An innovative program aims to let outsiders see the country through a dual narrative.Read More

Day Schools See Future With Non-Jews

By Elicia Brown

Some Jewish community day schools are accepting non-Jewish students. Will the experiment give them a new lease on life, or drive away Jewish parents?Read More

Reaching Youth of Israel's Periphery

By Nathan Jeffay

Youths outside Israel’s main cities are in double jeopardy. There are fewer job opportunities and they traditionally get less high-tech education.Read More

Hebrew Immersion Another Option at Charter Schools

By Sarah Wildman

Every morning at the CommuniKids Preschool in northwest Washington, D.C., children are greeted with hola, not hello, and they banter and sing in Spanish rather than English. The preschool has another site in Northern Virginia where parents can choose immersion in French as well as Spanish.Read More

The Empty Nesters

By Molly Ritvo

What worries and expectations do Jewish parents face when sending their kids to college? Molly Ritvo polled parents and found that some valued schools with large Jewish populations and active Hillels, while others felt confident that their budding scholars’ Jewish upbringing would set the tone for their college lives. Unsurprisingly, most parents want college-bound sons and daughters to celebrate holidays, engage in Jewish campus activities, meet Jewish friends and maybe even find a Jewish spouse.Read More

How One Man Shaped American Jewish Education

By Barry W. Holtz

In the early years of the 20th century, Samson Benderly stood with the legendary figures of American Jewish life: He was recruited to New York by Judah Magnes; he knew Henrietta Szold and Barnett Brickner; he battled Solomon Schechter; he met regularly with his benefactor, Jacob Schiff, and his closest friend was Mordecai Kaplan. Indeed, Kaplan wrote of Benderly, “He is to me the most positive force in Jewish life today.”Read More

The Science of Education

By Michael J. Solender

When biochemist Aaron Ciechanover surveys the education landscape in his native Israel, he is invariably disappointed by the diminishing emphasis he sees being placed upon math and science curricula and by the limited access to higher learning granted to those who can’t afford it. Ciechanover shared with two colleagues the 2004 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their discovery of a process by which proteins are tagged for destruction within a cell.Read More

Following in the Footsteps of Spain’s Expelled Sephardim

By Larry Tye

Most American Jews who travel make at least a token attempt to visit a synagogue or otherwise to taste the Jewish flavor of whatever land they are in. But few have the time, instinct or know how to faithfully follow in the footsteps of their forbears, especially when those trails lead across a continent. Fewer still pay heed to Judaism’s Sephardic as opposed to its Ashkenazi roots.Read More

Theater Group Makes Torah Learning Fun

By Daniella Wexler

Wearing a funny hat and spewing bad biblical puns, Aaron Friedman didn’t look or sound like your typical Moses as he took to the stage during a recent performance by the Bible Players theater group.Read More

Philadelphia’s Day School Dilemma

By E.B. Solomont

When Len Lipkin and his wife, Jill Maderer, a Reform rabbi in Philadelphia, started thinking about kindergarten for their son last year, they chose a Quaker school. “It’s tough,” sighed Lipkin, explaining why they didn’t go the Jewish day school route. “The question really became, do you need to have [Judaism] in every piece of your life in order to foster a Jewish identity?”Read More

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