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  • World’s Jews discover Columbus and find it very rich in Jewish life

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 17 (JTA) — In a matter of days, the Jewish population here grew by almost 20 percent. Then, as quickly as they had arrived, the 3,000 visiting athletes and educators who filled the Jewish community center, Ohio State University and quite a few houses packed up and returned to their homes around…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES What to do with a blank check: Jewish teachers create wish lists

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 17 (JTA) — Money may not buy happiness. But most Jewish educators and administrators believe it can improve Jewish education. At a conference of the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, held here last week, teachers and administrators, mostly from synagogue schools, fantasized about what they would do if given a…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Jewish educators raise their hands to urge more pay, more appreciation

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 17 (JTA) — Asked to complete the sentence “As a Jewish educator I feel…” a group of teachers and administrators recently volunteered the following: “overwhelmed,” “underappreciated,” “underpaid,” “exhilarated,” “hopeful and frustrated” and “a sense of emergency.” With the American Jewish community frightened by gloomy statistics on intermarriage and assimilation, Jewish education has…

  • Organizations help the curious take Bible study one day at a time

    NEW YORK, Aug. 9 (JTA) — Call it the Book of the Day Club. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur may be the only days many American Jews open the Bible, but this year two organizations are urging the People of the Book to consult the Book a few minutes every day. Although similar in design,…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Interested in studying Torah? It’s just a telephone call away

    NEW YORK, July 27 (JTA) — Every weekday morning, around the time most people are taking their first coffee break, Benjamin Lederer takes a half-hour away from the phone-ringing, jewel-cutting clamor of his Manhattan Diamond District office. Quickly walking down 47th Street, he passes bearded, black-hatted traders like himself and sparkling jewelry store displays before…

  • Young Judaea youth movement teams up with community centers

    NEW YORK, July 21 (JTA) — A Zionist youth group without local meeting places and a network of facilities looking to step up teen and Israel-related programming have embarked on a new partnership. The Jewish Community Centers Association, the umbrella for some 275 community centers and camps in North America, and Young Judaea, a 12,000-member…

  • Despite protests, Hadassah defends decision to give honor to Hillary Clinton

    NEW YORK, July 20 (JTA) — America”s largest Zionist organization is slated to begin its annual convention in Washington on Sunday amid accusations from a small, but vocal, cadre of members that it has betrayed its pro-Israel principles. Hadassah, the Women”s Zionist Organization of America, a 300,000-member organization best-known for its hospitals in Jerusalem, has…

  • PROFILE Day school champion races ahead with his ‘5 percent’ funding solution

    NEW YORK, July 7 (JTA) — Two days before a special communal task force released a report last month urging significantly more funding for Jewish day schools, the man arguably most responsible for the task force”s formation was neither celebrating nor patting himself on the back. Instead he was shlepping around muggy New York City,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Formation of new Israeli government dampens hopes for religious pluralism

    NEW YORK, July 6 (JTA) — The post-election optimism among advocates of religious pluralism in Israel has dampened somewhat with the inclusion of three Orthodox parties in Israel”s new government. Reform and Conservative leaders — who have been lobbying for years to have their rabbis, institutions and practices recognized in the Jewish state — do…

  • U.S. Department of Education recognizes 4 Jewish day schools

    NEW YORK, June 29 (JTA) — Four Jewish day schools are among the 266 elementary schools named by the U.S. Department of Education as 1998-99 Blue Ribbon Schools. Blue Ribbon schools “excel in all areas of academic leadership, teaching and teacher development and school curriculum,” according to a statement by the Department of Education. The…