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  • Sex at CAJE: God didn’t ban homosexuality, the rabbis did

    Richard Fruend talks about the Jewish ethics of sex. Sort of. I am sitting in a class ostensibly about teaching Jewish sexual ethics to high school, college and seminary students, given by Richard Freund, a professor of Jewish ethics at Hartford University. It’s halfway through the session, and still no talk of sex. But Freund… More ▸

  • Joel Marks Five Years at YU with Record Fund-raising Haul

    The spring semester is in full swing, and the president of Yeshiva University, Richard Joel, is walking the two-and-a-half blocks from the school’s main study hall to his office. It should take about four minutes. But with Joel, it takes considerably longer. Students and faculty members stop him as he makes his way south on… More ▸

  • Blavatnik to give $5 million to Tel Aviv U.

    The Blavatnik Family Foundation will give Tel Aviv University $5 million to help build the school’s computer science program. The foundation of Russian-born American industrialist Len Blavatnik will fund an extensive expansion of the school’s interdisciplinary research in computer science, award multiple graduate fellowships and create new positions for gifted young faculty, according to a… More ▸

  • Chicago federation tries a new model to build day school endowment

    The JUF-Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago thinks that it has a formula to help solve the “cost of day school” problem. The Chicago federation has started building an endowment – dubbed the Jewish Day School Guaranty Trust Fund – to give every day school in the metropolitan area a grant for each of its students…. More ▸

  • Can Hebrew School Be Cool?

    The Boston Globe reports on one local synagogue’s controversial plan to revitalize its Hebrew school: Temple Emanuel’s reinvention begins this fall, when sixth- and seventh-graders will be transplanted to Prozdor, a well-regarded supplementary school for teens at Hebrew College in Newton. “The idea is to take some of the pixie dust from the new Prozdor… More ▸

  • Hebrew Brouhaha

    With tensions still simmering over an Arabic-language charter school in Brooklyn – a fight that spawned a (heavily Jewish) campaign against it, the resignation of its principal days before the school was due to open amidst charges she sympathizes with terrorists, and at least two lawsuits – news has broken of a Hebrew-language charter school… More ▸

  • Could a national network of Hebrew College by in the works?

    Most likely not, but the idea has at least been floated, according to the man tapped recently as the new head of the Hebrew College in Boston. Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, told the Fundermentalist today that he recently had a preliminary discussion with an official at the Baltimore Hebrew University about possibly merging the two schools…. More ▸