The missing rabbi, who was at the beach with about 20 teenage students, has been named as Reuven Bauman, 35, a teacher at Yeshiva Toras Chaim in VA
With its plenty and its safety for religious minorities, America had given Jews a lot. But it had also deprived its Jews of something.
Only 13% of American Jews know Hebrew. It’s time to change that.
I worked in a world—Hebrew schools—that was overwhelmingly female, white, upper middle class, Northern/Northeast, heterosexual and born into the Jewish community bubble. I was absolutely none of those things. I made a sport of grinning and bearing through my differences.
Debbi Ballard wanted to get more kids excited about Jewish education. So the Floridian bought a 38-foot recreational vehicle and turned it into a Hebrew school on wheels.
When it comes to extreme parenting, it takes a lot to surprise me. I’ve spent a decade studying child beauty pageants and just published a book, Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture, about 95 families with elementary school-age children who compete in chess, dance, and soccer. But while researching Playing to Win I was struck by something I had never heard of before: private Hebrew tutoring.
Study after study shows that Hebrew schools are failing to engage Jewish teens. It’s a shofar blast for change — so why does nothing happen?
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.
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.
Education is a serious matter for Jews. But the Forward’s upcoming special section on education will also take a lighter look at learning — and you can be part of it.