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Boys to men: Jewish education helps prepare kids for life

by Gregory Keer

August 6, 2014 | 3:25 pm

The author, pictured here with his three sons (from left, Jacob, Benjamin and Ari), feels fortunate to play the role of both father and teacher.

Raising three boys to be well-rounded, menschy men isn’t easy, and I admit to making one or two mistakes (per hour) in my efforts to guide my sons toward actions that reflect soulfulness,... read full article

  • Providing books to Jaffa preschoolers makes Israel stronger

    by Michelle Chabin

    August 6, 2014 | 3:16 pm

    The children at the Arabic-speaking Ofek preschool in Jaffa spent a lot of time this past year thinking about a mouse named Samsoum, the character in a picture book all the kids have read at home with help from their parents.  

    In class, the kids did a range of Samsoum-related...

  • To save education, listen to teachers

    by Ellie Herman

    August 6, 2014 | 2:46 pm

    I’m fed up with the inefficiency of the judicial system! I’m going to become a judge. I may not be a lawyer, but I’ve been a law-abiding citizen all my life. I mean, how hard could it be? I have 20 years of business experience in the TV industry. When I blow into the courtroom...

  • Back to school parenting lessons

    by Sharon Duke Estroff

    August 6, 2014 | 2:37 pm

    The back-to-school season is, for all intents and purposes, a period of pure parental mayhem. From tracking down the coolest Batman or Barbie backpack on the block to searching out that elusive five-subject, wide-ruled, perforated spiral notebook that our child needs for Hebrew...

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  • Studying abroad in Israel: Safe and life-changing

    by Nuria Mathog

    August 6, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    When Ariel Brotman studied abroad in Israel two years ago, her most memorable lessons didn’t take place in the classroom.  

    Brotman, who graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, this spring, attended Hebrew University of Jerusalem from September 2012 to January...

  • ‘No tenure’ ruling for teachers won’t fix the problem

    by Ellie Herman

    June 18, 2014 | 10:42 am

    In the landmark Vergara v. California decision last week, Judge Rolf Treu ruled that the nine student plaintiffs, backed by billionaire David Welch’s nonprofit StudentsMatter, had been deprived of their right to an equal education by seniority and tenure policies that protected bad...

  • Outstanding Graduates 2014: Profiles on leadership, philanthropy and education

    Jewish Journal Staff

    June 11, 2014 | 2:40 pm

    It’s that time of year again — graduation season —  when high school seniors toss their caps in the air and look forward to the endless possibilities of the future. For the rest of us, it’s a chance to spotlight the accomplishments of an amazing group of young people. The hardest...

  • A man developing a plan: Micah Hyman

    By Jared Sichel

    June 11, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    YULA Boys High School

    Going to: Yeshivat Sha’alvim; New York University

    This summer, Micah Hyman will be doing precisely what many unemployed teenage boys will be doing — playing video games. 

    Except Hyman will be doing it as an intern at Treyarch, the Santa Monica-based...

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