Category - Opinion

Affording Inclusion – Part 2

By Lisa Friedman In my previous post, Affording Inclusion – Part 1, I began to explore the necessity of financially supporting inclusion in religious schools and synagogues. I shared that the most commonly asked question when I lead a...

Why Jewish Education Cannot Fade Away

Photo from Affordable Jewish Education Project By Robert Victor, 8th grade student at Hillel Day School I bet at one point you have been asked, “What are the necessities of life?” Your response most likely sounded like this: “Food, water...

Our Sages Were Wrong

By Melinda Mersack I love my kids’ school. I know we have conversations about Jewish belief and practice that we may not have had, had they not been students at a Jewish day school. This is what I value the most. I don’t send my children to...

The Whole Jew

By Barbara Albert In my 30+ years as an educator in one of the world’s leading Jewish day schools, I have always made an effort to use the “Whole Child” approach to teaching. The definition of the Whole Child has morphed over the years...

Developing and Transmitting Religious...

By Moshe Krakowski Abstract: This paper argues that American modern Orthodoxy is facing a crisis caused at least in part by problems of student identity formation. A range of ethnographic research conducted over the last decade suggests that...

It’s Time to Invest in Part-Time Jewish...

3rd graders from Temple Sholom in Broomall, Pa; photo courtesy. By Anna Marx [This is the ninth in a weekly series of posts from a coalition of institutions across the continent devoted to nurturing the emerging transformation of congregational...

Making the Case for Hebrew

By Lee Buckman I’m a lover of Hebrew. I like languages in general, but especially Hebrew. Throughout my life, Hebrew was and is one of the primary ways that I identify as a Zionist. In fact, since my four sons were born (our oldest was born...