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This is the second in a series on people and places fostering commitment to Judaism and the Jewish people in the United States and elsewhere by Professor Jack Wertheimer of the Jewish Theological Seminary. In it he tells about Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies (BCHSJS) a supplementary high school in New Jersey whose students attend once a week, most on Sunday but others after a full day at their regular school.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2010
In this opinion piece, Jonathan Woocher, JESNA's Chief Ideas Officer, tries to provide an answer to a very pressing question for American Jews: 'Can supplementary education provide a meaningful and satisfying Jewish educational experience'? His reply: By adopting an innovative approach, mapping the current landscape and working with existing providers and potential new ones, to build a “system” that would offer as many high-quality options as the market can support that goal might be attained.
Updated: Aug. 05, 2009
A review conducted by ten researchers of ten 'effective' Jewish supplementary schools of various sizes and denominations, and from various regions in the US. The report draws conclusions about factors contributing to the success of good schools, noteworthy characteristics of the schools, and policy recommendations for improving supplementary schools. The study presents six “noteworthy characteristics of good schools.” Good schools (1) work on building friendships and community, (2) go beyond teaching facts to allow students to work on meaning, (3) use experiential education, (4) actualize a clear vision, (5) value themselves and their students, and (6) involve not only students but their families. Wertheimer makes it clear that it takes “a combination of traits to forge a strong school.”
Updated: Jun. 07, 2009
This census of Jewish supplementary schools in North America enrollment was the first to be carried out in over a quarter century. A list of schools was drawn up, based on information made available by the larger bodies of synagogues, umbrella agencies and educational organizations. Over 1700 of the approximately 2100 existing schools provided enrollment data and other information.
Updated: Nov. 06, 2008