Spring Education 2013


Jewish Leaders of the Education Debate

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

Jews dominate the debate over how to fix America’s schools.They all want to change public education. They disagree bitterly on how to do so.Read More


Trauma-rama, Hebrew School Style

By Lenore Skenazy

If you went to Hebrew school, you know you some really, truly embarrassing moments. Being the No. 4 candle in a Hanukkah play has to be up there.Read More


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


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





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  • The images, which have since been deleted, were captioned: “Israel is the last frontier of the free world."
  • As J Street backs Israel's operation in Gaza, does it risk losing grassroots support?
  • What Thomas Aquinas might say about #Hamas' tunnels:
  • The Jewish bachelorette has spoken.
  • "When it comes to Brenda Turtle, I ask you: What do you expect of a woman repressed all her life who suddenly finds herself free to explore? We can sit and pass judgment, especially when many of us just simply “got over” own sexual repression. But we are obliged to at least acknowledge that this problem is very, very real, and that complete gender segregation breeds sexual repression and unhealthy attitudes toward female sexuality."
  • "Everybody is proud of the resistance. No matter how many people, including myself, disapprove of or even hate Hamas and its ideology, every single person in Gaza is proud of the resistance." Part 2 of Walid Abuzaid's on-the-ground account of life in #Gaza:
  • After years in storage, Toronto’s iconic red-and-white "Sam the Record Man" sign, complete with spinning discs, will return to public view near its original downtown perch. The sign came to symbolize one of Canada’s most storied and successful Jewish family businesses.
  • Is $4,000 too much to ask for a non-member to be buried in a synagogue cemetery?
  • "Let’s not fall into the simplistic us/them dichotomy of 'we were just minding our business when they started firing rockets at us.' We were not just minding our business. We were building settlements, manning checkpoints, and filling jails." What do you think?
  • PHOTOS: 10,000 Israel supporters gathered for a solidarity rally near the United Nations in New York yesterday.
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  • "She said that Ruven Barkan, a Conservative rabbi, came into her classroom, closed the door and turned out the lights. He asked the class of fourth graders to lie on the floor and relax their bodies. Then, he asked them to pray for abused children." Read Paul Berger's compelling story about a #Savannah community in turmoil:
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