Category - Opinion

What Voldemort Can Teach Us About Jewish...

Haidy Wasef (left) with a student in her Arabic class at Gann Academy in Waltham, Massachusetts, 2016; screenshot The Times of Israel. By Hannah Tobin Cohen “Fear of a name increases fear of a thing itself.” —Albus Dumbledore It...

“I Can Do Jewish on $40,000 a Year”: A...

By Steve Freedman A recent blog post in The Times of Israel, written anonymously by “A Jewish Father” has received a lot of attention in the day school world and on social media this week. While many have commented on his tone, motive and...

Religious Schools are Not Immune – The...

By Jeremy and Sarah Gimbel In late December 2014, the “happiest place on earth” became ground-zero for an outbreak of measles, a highly contagious respiratory illness which was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. All told, the CDC...

With Much Appreciation: A Salute to Camp...

By Jeremy Fingerman Each summer, as I make my yearly pilgrimage across North America to visit Jewish camps, I feel fortunate to soak in incredible moments – a camper conquering a fear of heights on the zip line for the first time, our...

Agent(s) in our Jewish Educational...

In her column below from last week’s JFNA email, Beth Cousens talks about the life and legacy of Jonathan Woocher. As the sad news of his death spread through the social media world, people shared anecdotes of their encounters and...

The case for enrolling in Jewish studies

By Anna Shternshis I was born and raised in a country where the combination of words “Jewish” and “studies” often provoked confusion, laughter or both. Most people did not consider studying the lives, culture and history of the Jewish...