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  • 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 ▸

  • No peace at Columbia

    With all the hubbub in the Jewish world these days surrounding Israel’s 60th anniversary, it was perhaps inevitable that Israel’s critics would want their own commemoration. As JTA reported yesterday, this week has been branded “Nakba Week” at Columbia University, with a whole host of events planned around what Palestinians see as the “catastrophe” of… More ▸

  • 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 ▸