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Ariel Burger, who was a student in Elie Wiesel’s class at Boston University as an undergraduate and, in his 30s, served as his mentor’s teaching assistant for five years, has written “Witness: Lessons From Elie Wiesel’s Classroom” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); the 288-page book is part memoir, part description of the courses — and the impact they had on a wide range of students for almost four decades — and entirely compelling.
Updated: Dec. 02, 2018
Gary Rosenblatt writes about two new programs for returned Birthright Israel participants that are seeking to fill the vacuum caused by the closing of Birthright NEXT, which had been created to translate the participants’ enthusiasm for Israel into involvement in Jewish life back home. One Table, is based on the success Birthright Next had for several years in helping to sponsor Friday night Shabbat meals for Birthright alumni. Another innovative program, Bring Israel Home, offers a weekend retreat with fellow Birthrighters from their group of 40 bus mates, plus the Israeli participants, to those groups who complete 100 points of Jewish activity in the three months following their trip.
Updated: May. 27, 2015
Young people of Russian background, coming from secular homes and with little or no formal Jewish education, are considered among the most unaffiliated and at-risk of American Jews in terms of Jewish identity. But a comprehensive new study of that cohort finds that a Brooklyn-based program founded in 2006 to address the problem has produced some striking results.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2015
A new project modeled after the famous TED Talks, dubbed “ELI talks” (for Engagement, Literacy, Identity), comes to New York on May 14, with five 10- to 12-minute talks presented at the JCC Manhattan by Etta Abramson, a Jewish educator, actor and singer; David Bryfman of the Jewish Education Project and an expert of Jewish adolescent identity; Daniel Libenson, head of a new Jewish think tank with an expertise in innovation; Nessa Rapoport, a writer and foundation officer who speaks frequently about Jewish culture and imagination; and Rabbi Ethan Tucker, co-founder and rosh yeshiva at Mechon Hadar.
Updated: May. 16, 2012
Nearly 400 young parents attended an open house recently for a Modern Orthodox yeshiva, planning to open in Bergenfield, N.J., next fall, that will not only offer a bargain-rate tuition but promises to be a model for Jewish education in the 21st century.
Updated: Dec. 07, 2011
Gary Rosenblatt of the Jewish Week reacts to a new study of day school students’ attitudes about Israel presented by Alex Pomson at The North American Jewish Day School Conference in Los Angeles last week. The study found that many of the 43 U.S. high school juniors interviewed by a research team from the Melton Center for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University were somewhat doubtful of their schools’ attempts to convince them of certain pro-Israel points of view. They frequently criticized the schools and teachers of being biased.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2011
Gary Rosenblatt writes about Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu's announcement of the Israeli government’s decision to more than double its investment in the popular free 10-day trips for young Diaspora Jews, Birthright Israel, to $100 million in funding over the next three years. That, along with the commitment of funders in the US to significantly increase their donations to Birthright, means that by 2013, more than half of all Jews in the world between the ages of 18 and 26 will have had a ten-day free trip to Israel.
Updated: Jan. 19, 2011
A new study, the first of its kind, on whether and how Jewish day schools around the country address issues of physical, psychological and sexual abuse, concludes that the problem is widespread but is beginning to be dealt with effectively.The study found that more than one-third of the responding schools made official mandated reports of abuse in the last year.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2010