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Rabbi Laurence Scheindlin

  • Are day schools the ‘magic carpet?’

    August 16, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One of my "headmasters for the day" this year was a first-grader. In case you don't know it, there's a big difference between first- graders, sixth-graders and eighth-graders. Sixth-graders will say what they think you want to hear. Eighth-graders will say just the opposite of what...
  • Success of Jewish day schools breeds crisis

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    It was, I believe, a disarmingly candid statement during my interview in 1977 that helped get me my job as headmaster of Sinai Akiba Academy in Los Angeles.

    "If I were on the board of a day school seeking to hire a headmaster," I said, "I am not the person I would hire -- yet." At...