Category - Opinion

Knowledge: The Key to Jewish Survival

By Meni Even-Israel Throughout my childhood, and well into my adulthood, my father, Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, constantly reminded me of our family adage: “It is better to be a heretic (apikorus) than an ignoramus (am ha’aretz).”...

Teachers: A Jewish Day School’s Most...

By Susan Kardos In a recent eJP post, Dr. Erica Brown gracefully laid out an 18-point agenda for Jewish education. Among the important ideas she put forth was the idea that “We need more great teachers. And we need to celebrate the ones we...

We Have a Problem – Israel

By Steve Freedman As exquisitely expressed in the Torah, Israel has inextricably been integral to who we are and why we exist. There is a direct and clear connection between the land, God, and how we should act. This can be found in texts from...

An “Ed” Talk Can Elevate your Annual...

By Heschel Raskas and Adinah Raskas Those of us who are committed to Jewish day schools know that each year we will attend the annual dinner of the school. The dinners are an obligation, a fundraising, advocacy evening that usually are not very...

Jewish Education to Help Us Thrive

By Dr. Bill Robinson There is a new paradigm shift emerging in the field of Jewish education. It is one predicted in 2013 by my teacher and colleague, Dr. Jonathan Woocher (z”l), who wrote: Twentieth-century Jewish education was designed to...

Student Insights About Dress Code

By Bethany Strulowitz Gathered around a pristine lake in the Poconos last summer, far away from the noise of late bells and midterm exams, I sat with a group of female high school students representing diverse Orthodox Jewish high schools all...