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  • Tour of Satmar School Provides Rare Glimpse of Girls’ Education

    The sweet sound of first-grade girls singing in Yiddish fades out as more than 50 small faces turn toward the door. They rise to greet Rabbi Hertz Frankel, their dean, who is accompanied by a rare visitor from outside the community. Frankel motions them to sit down and continue singing. But their teacher whispers that… More ▸

  • Focus on Issues: Orthodox Women Learn That Knowledge is Power

    Knowledge is power — and Orthodox women are applying the maxim to their lives in unprecedented numbers. Across the Orthodox world, women are turning to Judaism’s most sacred texts to understand for themselves the foundations of their faith. "It’s all over, like poppies pushing up in a winter field," said Rabbanit Chana Henkin, who is… More ▸

  • Profile: Leading Israeli Feminist Embraces Conservative Judaism

    Most people are contemplating retirement at the age of 70, but Alice Shalvi isn’t most people. Just shy of her 71st birthday, Shalvi has become the rector of the Beit Midrash, the Conservative/Masorti movement’s seminary of Judaic studies in Israel. Honored numerous times for her achievements in the fields of feminism and religious education, Shalvi,… More ▸

  • High Court Backs Broadcast of Television Program on Gays

    Israel’s High Court of Justice has approved the broadcast of a television program about homosexual teens. The court ruled this week on a petition filed by gay and civil rights organizations after Education Minister Zevulun Hammer tried to block the broadcast of “An Open Hand” on Educational Television. Hammer, who heads the National Religious Party,… More ▸

  • Jewish Institutions Excel Among Australian Schools

    Jewish day schools in Victoria have taken the top five positions in the first-ever official listing of academic achievement in the Australian state. In a study prepared for the government by Melbourne University that was based on results in high school final examinations in 1996, Bialik College, which has a strong emphasis on the Hebrew… More ▸

  • American, Israeli Teen-agers Exchange Letters on Terrorism

    They are separated by thousands of miles, but students at high schools in Jerusalem and Oklahoma City have both been deeply affected by terrorism. Located just a few miles from the site of the April 1995 Oklahoma City bomb blast that killed 169 and injured scores more, the Northwest Clausen and U.S. Grant high schools… More ▸

  • Israelis, Palestinians to Import `sesame’

    Bert and Ernie have a special message of peace to bring to Israeli and Palestinian children. As a result of a meeting last week in Israel initiated by the American Children’s Television Workshop, some 65 shows of the children’s television program “Sesame Street” will be shown to Israeli and Palestinian kids. The segments will stress… More ▸

  • Responding to Voices of Protest, Australian Tv Cancels Neo-nazi Film

    Responding to protests by the leadership of Australia’s Jewish community, a television station in Adelaide has canceled the showing of a film produced by what a station spokesman described as “neo-Nazi apologists.” Adelaide’s Community and Educational Television station had originally defended its decision to schedule the film, “A Search for Truth in History,” saying that… More ▸

  • Civil Servants Strike Affects Offices, Hospitals and Courts

    Work in Israeli government offices, courts and hospitals virtually ground to a halt Wednesday as more than 60,000 state employees staged a strike for higher wages. Representatives of the striking workers announced at midnight Tuesday that they were beginning an open-ended work stoppage to pressure the Treasury into accepting their demand for salary increases of… More ▸