By Rabbi Micah Lapidus, Ed.D. I deeply appreciate Mr. Steinhardt’s published remarks from the Hannah Senesh Day School Gala last month because they afford those of us that care about the present and future of Jewish Day Schools to engage in conversation with one of the most audacious and forward thinking philanthropic leaders of the American Jewish community. I first met Mr. Steinhardt at a Hillel Leader’s Convention in 2001 where I was taking … [Read more...] about A Practitioner’s Response to Mr. Steinhardt’s Remarks on The Future of Jewish Day Schools
By Judith Rosenbaum Michael Steinhardt has a dream, and it happens to be one that I share: a vision of a Jewish educational curriculum that is relevant and engaging, one that is rooted in “a history that we can see ourselves in, rather than a history that leaves us out” (Steinhardt, “The Future of Jewish Day Schools,” April 14, 2016). As a Jewish historian, as well as a Day School graduate and current Day School parent, I agree that Jewish … [Read more...] about Dreaming of an Inclusive History
If our goal is to attract the majority of American Jews, we need to market Jewish day school and its value using the best methods and practices that have been successful in other industries. By Rabbi Mitchel Malkus, Ed.D. Over the past few weeks, Michael Steinhardt has delivered two speeches that could spark a national Jewish conversation about the value of Jewish day schools and how to attract more families to this option for their … [Read more...] about Can We Attract the Majority of American Jews to Day Schools?
By Daniel Weiss How is Jewish Day School education like a multi-year Passover seder? How are the Four Sons examples of different types of learners in one classroom? How do we encourage discovery, critical thinking and “big questions”? Each year at my cousin’s seder, he makes his younger brother read the section of the Haggadah about the “wicked son.” It’s not that my younger cousin is wicked. He’s not. In fact he’s a really good guy. Maybe … [Read more...] about The Four Sons in a Jewish Day School
Too many contemporary Jews view the prospect of sending their children to an exclusively Jewish school for full time education as a step backward in their American engagement, regardless of the cost. [Remarks delivered by Michael Steinhardt at the Hannah Senesh Day School Gala, April 12, 2016.] Thank you Nicole for that introduction and Good evening on this joyous occasion, celebrating the Hannah Senesh Community Day School. Mazel Tov to … [Read more...] about The Future of Jewish Day Schools