Without knowing the language, there was no way to fully participate in my community—not in the way I wanted to
Synagogue religious schools aren’t always the right fit, and day schools are too expensive. But programs teaching Hebrew language and Israeli culture offer a third option for parents who want to maintain a connection to their families’ roots.
Once demonized as the community embraced public schools, they eventually came into their own by teaching ‘Judaism and Americanism’ side by side
For me, learning Hebrew was a way to fit in as a Russian immigrant growing up in Israel. For the kids in my Hebrew school class in California, the language meant something entirely different.
The crooner will play a solo show in Israel on Wednesday
Seeing the Empire State Building lit in blue and white set my mind whirling
Writing a song for my synagogue, hearing it sung at Lincoln Center, and finally finding the right words to tell my kids why Judaism is important