Synagogues have made changes to their educational programs. Which changes will endure once life gets back to normal?
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.
As a boy, I feared dropping the Torah scrolls, or writing marginalia in other texts. But I overcame that anxiety once I entered academe, whose doors were opened by great Jewish thinkers before my time
I constantly cut Hebrew School classes to play electric guitars and eat Dunkin’ Donuts. Years later, I learned a valuable lesson.
As a child, I hated the classes at my synagogue’s cheder. Now I send my own children there—and I’m falling in love with Sunday school for the first time.
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
By making it more like other parts of teens’ lives?
JTA offers solutions to a problem that doesn’t seem to exist
Bringing traditional music into the club, and pop sounds into the chapel
An eleven-year-old who’s finding her way
Five days, 2,000 participants, and countless pints of Guinness in the English countryside: An American reports from Limmud.