• They Shoot Teachers, Don’t They?

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    Joel Lurie Grishaver

    Here they are again, folks! These wonderful, wonderful kids! Still struggling! Still hoping! As the clock of fate ticks away, the dance of destiny continues! The marathon goes on, and on, and on! HOW LONG CAN THEY LAST? (They...

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  • An Author in the News

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    Congratulations (and a hearty kol ha-kavod) are in order to Rachel Barenblat, one of the authors of God: Jewish Choices for Struggling the Ultimate. Rachel recently received a very public yasher koach from Nick Kristof in his NY Times column: If this is a testing time, then some have passed with flying colors. Hats off to a rabbinical student in Massachusetts, Rachel Barenblat, who raised money to replace prayer rugs...

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  • Not So Sure About Woocher’s “New Approach”

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    by Joel Lurie Grishaver Jonathan Woocher is chief ideas officer at JESNA (Jewish Educational Service of North America) and director of the Lippman Kanfer Institute. He once thought that religion would disappear in the North American Jewish community and that all would be left would be secular institutions. He has said, “From an educational standpoint, there is good reason to welcome a situation in which learners drive the agenda. The...

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  • Altneu Non-Shul — The Sunday School for Jewish Studies

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    by Joel Grishaver Started around 1970 by some Harvard professors, just about the same time some other Harvard faculty started the Harvard Hillel Children’s School (that morphed into Congregation Eitz Chayim), The Sunday School for Jewish Studies is a non-synagogue, parent cooperative, not for profit, way of providing a Jewish education and accessing a bar/bat mitzvah experience. The school was featured in a recent article in the Boston Globe. The...

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  • Helping to Make Schools That Work: A Publisher’s Response to Jack Wertheimer

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    In the last couple months, you may have noticed Torah Aura Productions using a new mission statement: “Making success in Jewish education an achievable reality.”

    We’re really excited about this new articulation of our mission because it so clearly sums up who we are and what we do. We’re in the business of helping Jewish schools succeed.

    So it was with great pleasure that we read a...

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