Despite a year of isolation and pandemic restrictions, Jewish communities around the country are finding ways to come together for Yom HaShoah, the annual commemoration to honor the more than six million Jews murdered by Nazis and Nazi collaborators during the Holocaust.
In their new book, “Raising A+ Human Beings: Crafting a Jewish School Culture of Academic Excellence and AP Kindness,” Dr. Bruce Powell and Dr. Ron Wolfson explore the unique benefits of a learning environment fueled by Jewish values. I experienced the results firsthand, as a former student of de Toledo High School, which Dr. Powell created and ran. He and Dr. Wolfson, a professor of education at American Jewish University, collaborated to analyze de Toledo as a case study in Jewish education. The result is a customizable instruction manual on how organizations can replicate a “culture of wisdom and kindness,” combining academic achievement and personal growth. The two men will speak with Dr. Wendy Mogel on reimagining Jewish education April 6 at 6:30 ET via Zoom in a program sponsored by the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center. My interview with the authors has been edited for length and clarity.
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Once upon a time, the Holocaust mattered to Africans. While Germans rampaged through North Africa, African newspaper editors saw Nazi atrocities as yet another argument against the so-called civilizing benefits of Western colonialism. African nations tried to prevent their Jewish residents from being hauled off to camps, some of which became synonymous in the native language with the word for hell.