Education & Careers

Tackling The Affordability Crisis

The Challenge Fund will encourage day schools in the New York area to launch or build their endowments.

Special To The Jewish Week

A Jewish day school education was not an option for me when I was growing up in Bogota, Colombia. Having missed out on the experience, I was especially appreciative of the education my children received as day school students in New York. I watched with pride as they developed their Jewish literacy, their religious purposefulness (meaning their ability to answer the question “Why be Jewish?”), and a profound sense of belonging to the Jewish people — three crucial outcomes of any successful Jewish educational experience.

The oxymoron of day school affordability is a top communal priority. Fotolia

A Gap Year On A Texas Hockey Rink

Local day school graduate’s athletic experience highlights unique pre-college activities.

Staff Writer

Sugar Land, Tex. — Josh Rocco says many of his fellow Abraham Joshua Heschel High School 2014 graduates are studying in college, participating in various educational programs in Israel, or drilling in the Israeli Army.

A graduate of Manhattan’s Abraham Joshua Heschel High School. Elana Sbrana

Fight And Flight

Elite aerospace high school, which only recently began accepting women, grooms students for army service and a career.

Staff Writer

Lin Edri, 16, doesn’t have a typical high school curriculum. While math, English and biology fill obligatory slots on her class schedule, she spends the bulk of her time learning how to build drones.

Students at IAI high school in Tel Aviv learn how to build drones, missiles and take apart F16 turbo fan engines. Hannah Dreyfus

Educating Israel’s Periphery

The Sci-Tech Schools network sees its work with Bedouins in the Negev and charedim in the north as giving overlooked students their ‘first real opportunity.’

Staff Writer

Haneen Abukaf, 16, an Israeli-Arab high school student in the Bedouin village of Um Batin in southern Israel, loves studying history and dreams of becoming a doctor.

Female students in the southern Bedouin village of Al-Saied. Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Classroom War Correspondents

With their dispatches from the front lines of the recent Gaza conflict, students in the western Negev become ‘emissaries of sorts.’

Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — When Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s military operation against Hamas in Gaza, was launched last July, Adele Raemer, a U.S.-born resident of Kibbutz Nirim on the Gaza border, became the “go-to” person for English-speaking journalists.

Teacher Adele Raemer, at left in second row, with her front-line reporters.  Courtesy of Adele Raemer

The Latest From The Classroom, And Beyond

Sexual fantasies at seminary? New push for early childhood education; Houston temple offering Birthright-style trips; U.S. day school enrollment up.


New Sexy Podcast From YCT

Dov Linzer, chief rabbi of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah rabbinical school (YCT), hadn’t heard of the Kama Sutra — until, that is, he researched the topic for a podcast.

Rabbi Dov Linzer and Bat Sheva Marcus of the “Joy of Text” podcast.

Education January 2015

Sexual Fantasies At Seminary? YCT’s Edgy Podcast Breaks New Ground; Classroom War Correspondents; Tackling The Day School Affordability Crisis.

Education January 2015

The Case For ‘True Pluralism’

Education with a broad sense of diversity.

Special To The Jewish Week

Many years ago, when I was a student at JTS, I was first taught about the idea of pluralism. I found it to be an inspiring and uplifting idea. It was wonderful to think that we can accept more than one idea as legitimate.

Ora Horn Prouser

The Campus Wars To Come

In the wake of the Gaza conflict, getting students on board to make Israel’s case.

Special To The Jewish Week

Against the backdrop of a summer war in Gaza, hundreds of thousands of college students will return to school this month, largely unprepared for the wave of anti-Israel activity that’s about to hit North American campuses.

Linda Scherzer

Teachers Teaching Teachers — With A Lot On The Line

With retention a big problem for day schools, mentoring programs are increasingly important.

Staff Writer

New teachers can be apprehensive about many things, but one fear unites them all: the dreaded parent-teacher conference.

Jewish day school teachers attend three-day training seminar in New York to learn how to mentor beginning teachers. Nina Bruder.
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