Category - Trends in Jewish Education

Class Size: A Halachic Analysis

by Rabbi Yair Hoffman It is a complaint that a number of teachers have had of late – large class sizes. Some state categorically that a class size should never exceed 25 students. It is interesting to note that the issue is not only a matter...

Remote Control: Online Teaching from Israel

by Rabbi Jeffrey Schrager One of the hardest parts of aliyah was leaving the schools where my wife and I had worked for a decade. These institutions had become part of our family, and our classrooms our home away from home. Imagine our delight...

From Sons and Daughters to Women and Men:...

By Abigail Phelps There is hardly a Jewish professional working today who hasn’t let slip a rueful laugh at the old joke about the rabbi and the mice. In case you haven’t heard it, here is the short version: a synagogue has been overrun by...

Teaching pupils to become Streetwise

By Charlotte Oliver When it comes to secular and Kodesh studies, mainstream Jewish schools are considered first-rate, ensuring their pupils leave at the age of 18 intellectually primed for the outside world. But who out there ensures that...

Our Not-So-Secret, Secret Recipe

In our last post we argued that flashy uses of technology alone will not get students to learn material in a deep and meaningful way. This sentiment begs the question, what does? How can online Jewish studies elicit real thought, reflection...

Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan:...

By Benjamin Mann, Head of School This week, Philip H. Knight, the co-founder and chairman of Nike, announced a $400 million to Stanford University to bring graduate students from around the world together to solve intractable problems. At...

How do we know when Jewish education is...

By Saul Kaiserman For the past several years, I have been writing about the philosophy underlying my work in congregational education in annual cover-articles for the Temple Emanu-El bulletin. This is what I wrote for Vol. 88, No. 5. As always...

Israel: The Original Covenant Classroom

By Howard Blas Making the Most of Any Ability and Increasing Self-Confidence, too At Kibbutz Tzuba in the Judean Hills, 15 minutes from the center of Jerusalem, teens who are struggling academically can now participate in a farming program...