By Rabbi Dr. Wallace Greene “Dreamers” have lately become part of our lexicon, referring to immigrants whose parents sneaked them into this country as children. Our community also used to have dreamers. They dreamed of a day when Jewish children with learning, cognitive, or developmental problems would no longer have to be educated in public schools. They dreamed of a day when these children would be part of a dynamic Jewish environment whose … [Read more...] about Jewish ‘Dreamers’ Are, Thankfully, Dreaming No Longer
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By Ann Pava In the Old City of Jerusalem a 24 year old wanders the streets without a group for the first time. On MASA, she has an opportunity to build her autonomy, confidence, and competence, all along ancient Jewish streets. Young children climb fallen logs with support of local Jewish preschool teachers, as parents have a chance together to breathe and to expand their community. Family camp is at one time time outdoors, vacation, Jewish … [Read more...] about Redefining Jewish Education: Federations’ Goals for a New Century
By Rabbi Shmuel Feld Two teens from New Chelm sneak out at night. In order to pass the final hurdle, they need to jump between two tall buildings. The first one makes it, and the second is frozen with fear. The first calls from the other side saying with confidence, “Don’t worry. I will use this flashlight to make a beam of light for you to walk across safely between the buildings.” The other responds, “Do you think I’m crazy? You could just … [Read more...] about The Most Essential Part of a Jewish Education Isn’t What You Think
By Nanette Fridman, MPP, JD A generous day school donor called me a few months ago to talk about the numerous requests for donations he received from schools both in his home state and across the country (actually North America). What he wanted to know is which day schools were good investments in my opinion. To him, good investments were schools that were viable long-term. I was not in a position to provide answers, but I had a lot of … [Read more...] about Should Jewish Day Schools Have Investment Prospectuses?
By Nachama Skolnik Moskowitz “Almost everyone I have spoken to at our temple, thinks it is a phenomenal idea. Most comments (from them) include, ‘Why did no one think of this before?’” Respondent, #OnwardHebrew 2018 survey #OnwardHebrew burst onto the Jewish educational scene in the Fall of 2017 with the goal of radically transforming the decades-old, less-than-effective approach to teaching Hebrew in part-time/congregational settings. In … [Read more...] about #OnwardHebrew Takes Off