By Rabbi Ari Moffic I remember the first time I heard the word inclusion used in an institutional setting. It was referring to including children with special needs in what would be a neuro-diverse classroom. I heard the term because I was begging for the last spot for my then four year old. This was a unique preschool because “inclusion students” worked with one on one aides to help them integrate successfully into the classroom. The parents … [Read more...] about My Torah of Inclusion
By Michal Agus Fox, Psy.D. There are many things in life that we as individuals have little control over. Rockets are flying in Israel, friends are getting sick, we fear antisemitism, school shootings seem to be more common. Mental Illness is on the rise, anxiety and depression are rampant in our children. Academic pressure placed on children is escalating. Many of our children are juuling or experimenting with alcohol and other drugs. Social … [Read more...] about Social Emotional Development: Taking an Active Role
By Maxyne Finkelstein Recent discussions about the value of national and international organizations that manage donations lead to a general conversation about the value of structures that serve a specific niche between the fundraiser and the expenditure of a grant. Along with the obvious compliance issues to consider one needs to question whether streamlining structures is always the best route to improvement. In the context of technology … [Read more...] about Do We Need “Middleware” Organizations?
By Rabbi Charles Savenor At the end of December, Park Avenue Synagogue (PAS) of New York will lead a Congregational Trip to Israel to celebrate both Israel at 70 and PAS at 136. At a time when Israel has become a divisive topic in some parts of the Jewish world, our synagogue’s clergy, professional and lay leadership have emphasized the importance of this experience as an expression of our abiding commitment to Israel despite its political and … [Read more...] about Park Avenue Synagogue’s Historic Trip to Israel
By Judd Kruger Levingston When I began my new job at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy nearly ten years ago, I was surprised to learn that as much as my colleagues were interested to work with me on the curriculum, they also were interested to work with me on raising student awareness about honesty. According to one study that I read that was included in James Davison Hunter's book from 2000, The Death of Character, between 10-20% of high school … [Read more...] about Leading with Honor and Derech Eretz