By Paul Steinberg It’s March and most Hebrew School Principals are planning for next fall, and it’s a war out there. It’s not pretty. I mean, the Jewish people are really busy, and those of us on the frontlines of Jewish education - planning calendars and such - are constantly confronted with just how busy everybody is. There’s sports, dance, homework (an absurd, nearly inhumane amount of homework!), rehearsals, family trips, T.V. and/or … [Read more...] about Why? The Continuing Struggle for the Soul of Hebrew School
By Rabbi Stacy Eskovitz Rigler I graduated from Hebrew Union College in the age of possibility. At the turn of the millennium anything was possible for Jewish life. Five years before the first recession, looking back, it seemed like the golden age of synagogues. I started at an amazing job - a dream senior staff team with a learned senior rabbi who cared deeply about our religious school, a cantor who brought smiles to synagogue through music, … [Read more...] about Hebrew Learning for the 21st Century
Are you a day school teacher of Judaic studies, or a graduate student of Jewish education? Do you aspire to develop and refine skills necessary to teach in Hebrew? The Davidson Graduate School at JTS will run its popular four-week Hebrew immersion program, Ivriyon, July 3-27, 2017. Ivriyon provides day school teachers with a wonderful opportunity to strengthen their ability to teach Judaic topics in Hebrew. The program is a 4-week, … [Read more...] about Last Few Spots for Ivriyon 2017!
By Dr Wallace Greene Educational research is often quite valuable. However, sometimes it seems to be a waste of time, energy and communal money. Every decade or so, “new” research directs us to fund new initiatives that didn’t work the last time they were tried, or to experiment with insufficiently proven theories. Worse still are those who publish to justify their existence as researchers or professors. Let me state at the outset that Dr. … [Read more...] about Hebrew in Day Schools – A Rejoinder
By Alex Pomson In 2004, when our family made aliya from Toronto, I was interviewed by a radio journalist at the CBC, The Canadian Broadcasting Company. She wanted to know why we were giving up the comforts and quiet of Canada for a new life in a less stable part of the world. I answered, “So that our children [then 8 to 13] might write poetry in Hebrew.” What I meant, if expressed a little facetiously, was that we wanted to live life in a … [Read more...] about Sweating Hebrew: For What?