By Julie Levinson It used to be that families with children enrolled in Jewish day school were a pretty homogenous crowd; two Jewish parents raising Jewish children. At Epstein Hillel there are still plenty of families who fit that bill, but so too are there more than a few who do not. Of all the families currently enrolled, thirty percent are interfaith. Their experiences have been overwhelmingly positive. Aimee and David are one such … [Read more...] about Interfaith Families Thrive at Jewish Day School
By Daniel R. Weiss Last week a post on the JEDLab Facebook page, a question was posed asking, “What Tanach references do you have in regards to Jewish disabilities awareness month?” The question got me thinking about what we do in Jewish Day Schools to include all students, no matter their abilities. Walking through the hallways of our school, as I’m sure it is in almost every Jewish Day School across the country, on a daily basis is an … [Read more...] about Fulfilling Our Potential
By Dan Finkel Rebbi says: Do not look at the jug but rather at what is in it. For there are new jugs full of old [wine], and old that do not have even new [wine] within them. Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers 4:20) Research in education over the past several decades offers compelling evidence that inclusion in schools leads to positive academic and social-emotional outcomes for both students with disabilities and their general education … [Read more...] about Inclusion in Jewish Day Schools
Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education has selected eight schools from a strong applicant pool to participate in a new cohort, funded by Jim Joseph Foundation. The schools chosen are Adelson Educational Campus, Robert M. Beren Hebrew Academy, Carmel Academy, Katz Yeshiva High School, Luria Academy of Brooklyn, Maimonides School, Pressman Academy, and Solomon Schechter of Long Island. Over the course of this multi-year program, selected Judaic … [Read more...] about Ayeka Announces Schools Selected for Soulful Education Professional Development Program
By Mark Springer In 2016, I retired from my position as principal of the Mason-Rice Elementary School in Newton, Massachusetts, a high performing public school district outside Boston. My retirement concluded my 38 year career as a teacher and administrator in the public schools of Massachusetts. Within a few months of my retirement, I was approached by members of the Board of Trustees from the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston … [Read more...] about Business Leaders Running Jewish Day Schools – A Good Thing?