Category - Trends in Jewish Education

The Beit Midrash in the Age of Snapchat

By Shira Hecht-Koller Earlier this year, Apple released the iPhone X. When the first iPhone was released in 2007, I was completing my second year of formal teaching, and over the course of these ten years, I, like so many other educators and...

Vaping: A new teen threat

By Maury Grebenau If you ever want to make someone very nervous, walk into a vape shop and identify yourself to the owner as a high school principal. That’s what I did one afternoon last spring when I realized that I needed to educate myself...

Affordable Tuition: Paths Forward

Screenshot: Private School Review By Gabe Aaronson In Part 1 of Kol HaBirah’s investigative series on Jewish day school tuition, we explored how the high cost of a day school education affects the Jewish community, and what supports local...

Testing the Waters: New Summer Teen...

There was something fishy about the Sci-Tech Israel program. Just ask Robert, a rising junior at a Westchester high school, who joined 28 other teens from the New York area and around the country for three weeks on this Israel adventure. The...

Makom board considers changes to boost...

By Paul Lungen Makom is a place in downtown Toronto that takes its mandate of inclusivity and diversity very seriously. Originally conceived in 2009 as a venue for Jews of all persuasions and levels of observance to gather in a spiritual...

An optimist’s view: Remarks by Jon...

Photo by Ellen Dubin The following are remarks shared by Jonathan Woocher z’l (1946-2017) on the occasion of his receiving a doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from the Jewish Theological Seminary, May 18, 2017. This is an honor...