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
Where can one make a greater impact - in a day school or a synagogue? By Rabbi Eddie Shostak On his recent whirlwind trip to Montreal, I was asked to drive Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to a speaking engagement for NCSY Montreal. After taking a breath of exhilaration, I humbly accepted the opportunity to spend twenty-five minutes in a car with one of my greatest living heroes. My first task was to carefully convert our family minivan into a … [Read more...] about To School or To Shul? That is the Question: Twenty-five Minutes in a Car with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks