education

  • ZBT is Back

    The student papers at the University of Kansas and the University of Arizona both have articles about the Jewish fraternity ZBT making a comeback. Who’s their publicist?! The University Daily Kansan: A Jewish fraternity is going to join the 40 greek houses already at the University in the next few years. Zeta Beta Tau, a… More ▸

  • Debating campus strategy

    Ben Harris reported earlier this week on Hillel’s upcoming conference and the related debate over how to deal with anti-Israel activities on campus. In a related exchange… The ZOA’s president, Morton Klein, has posted an opinion piece criticizing the Harvard Hillel for hosting an exhibition of photographs and testimony by Israeli soldiers who served in… More ▸

  • Speaking out on Breaking the Silence

    The Harvard Crimson reports on the controversy stirred up by a multi-media exhibition at the Harvard Hillel featuring testimonials from Israeli soldiers about their time in Gaza and the West Bank: “Breaking the Silence” – a traveling exhibit of over 100 photographs and videos testimonials curated by former Israel Defense Force (IDF) soldiers – drew… More ▸

  • News Brief

    An Orthodox feminist group will train counselors to discuss sex with prospective brides and grooms. The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance is recruiting 10 kallah teachers, women who teach betrothed Orthodox women about Jewish marriage laws, for a course in which they will learn how to talk openly about sex with prospective brides and grooms. “It… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewry Campaign Also Transformed American Jewry

    When Jacob Birnbaum began knocking on dormitory doors at Yeshiva University in the spring of 1964, he only half-believed anyone would answer. The young British activist had come to New York to mobilize a grassroots campaign to draw attention to the plight of 3 million Jews trapped behind the Iron Curtain — a cause that… More ▸

  • The Soviet Jewry Campaign Transformed American Jewry, Too

    When Jacob Birnbaum began knocking on dormitory doors at Yeshiva University in the spring of 1964, he only half-believed anyone would answer. The young British activist had come to New York to mobilize a grassroots campaign to draw attention to the plight of 3 million Jews trapped behind the Iron Curtain — a cause that… More ▸

  • Two New Orthodox Girls Schools Push Egalitarianism in Jerusalem

    Two new cutting-edge schools that opened in Jerusalem this fall are pushing the envelope on modern Orthodox education in the Jewish capital – and challenging rival schools to follow suit. The Shalom Hartman Institute, a popular pluralistic Orthodox educational institution that already has a junior high and high school for boys, opened a girls school… More ▸

  • Tolerance is Still the Word on Revamped ‘sesame Street’

    Sunny days are sweeping the clouds away in the Middle East — with the help of a few furry neighbors. Even as it emerges that Hamas has been using a Mickey Mouse lookalike to indoctrinate young children for war against Israel, “Sesame Street” is returning to Israeli and Palestinian televisions. New Muppets are joining veteran… More ▸

  • ‘arab Schindler’ Provides Valuable Lesson to Arabs Today, Author Says

    Some see Khaled Abdelwahhab as an “Arab Oskar Schindler” for risking his life to shelter Jews while Tunisia was under Nazi occupation. Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, sees the Tunisian farmer as “a very powerful symbol from a historical point of view.” He believes Abdelwahhab’s tale of heroism,… More ▸

  • For American Jew in Thailand, Work Means Eating, Drinking and Partying

    You’re on a visit to Bangkok and already have seen the obligatory sights. You’ve marveled at the glittering spires and splendid temples of the Grand Palace; you’ve watched young dancers in conical golden tiaras perform an exquisite traditional ballet. You’ve even braved a bumpy ride through notoriously congested traffic in the back of a motorized… More ▸