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Fall 2005(5766)

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Fall 5766/2005            Vol. 66, No. 1 FEATURES   EDUCATION SECTION The Tuition Squeeze: Paying the Price for Jewish Education      Yossi Prager A Different Kind of Voucher                                                          S. Binyomin Ginsberg Thoughts on Giving                                                                          Rob Toren Who Should Pay for Jewish Education?                                        Micah Greenland Public Funding for Non-Public Schools                                          Nathan J. Diament Vouchers: A Case Study                                                                  […]


Workout for the Body and Soul: Introducing Gym into the Yeshivah Curriculum

In the push to cram secular and Judaic subjects into an eight-hour day, many Orthodox day schools are leaving out one of the most important classes: gym. An informal survey of nearly fifty yeshivot (grades K-8) across the country revealed that most schools provide thirty-five to fifty minutes of physical education once or twice a week.


DNA and Tradition: The Genetic Link to the Ancient Hebrews

Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman has written a brief, clear, wide-ranging and accurate description of the use of DNA analysis to trace the origin and dispersion of the Jewish people. And if that sounds almost self-contradictory, it merely indicates the magnitude of Rabbi Kleiman’s accomplishment.


A “Stuyvie” Reminisces

Stuyvesant High School has long been regarded as the jewel in the crown of the New York City public school system, famous for its strong representation in such high-profile competitions as the Intel Science Talent Search


The Tuition Squeeze: Paying the Price for Jewish Education

Jewish schools, in partnership with Jewish homes, have been responsible for the extraordinary and glorious continuity of Jewish tradition for almost 2,000 years. The Talmud in Bava Batra (21a) records that initially children were educated only by their fathers, condemning those without fathers to illiteracy.


The Roots of Meah Shearim

One of Jerusalem’s most interesting and colorful neighborhoods is Meah Shearim, today the bastion of many Chareidi sects. The neighborhood was first established in 1874 by a group of daring young pioneers from the Old City who wanted to build a new Jewish settlement outside the city walls—the fifth such settlement.


Vouchers: A Case Study

The struggle to pay day school tuition is an albatross around the neck of the Jewish community. But a new program is helping Jewish families in Milwaukee pay their day school tuition bill. The program pays the full tuition for ninety-six out of the 606 children who attend Milwaukee’s three Jewish day schools. The remaining families do not receive any aid.


In Defense of Tuition

The Cincinnati Hebrew Day School Board, like all school boards, is charged with an important duty: making sure that there are sufficient funds to keep the school running. This is no simple task.


Ancient Synagogues in the Galil

After the destruction of the Second Temple in the year 70 ce and the subsequent failure of the Bar Kochba Revolt sixty-five years later, the focus of Jewish life in the land of Israel shifted from the devastated area of Judea to the northern region: the Galil and the Golan. This shift is captured in a Talmudic passage that documents the “exile” of the Sanhedrin (Rosh Hashanah 31a, b).


Who Should Pay for Jewish Education?

With research indicating that Jewish education is the key to Jewish survival, one would hope that the majority of Jewish children are enrolled in Jewish day school. Unfortunately, this is far from the case. Take Chicago for example.


A Different Kind of Voucher

There are a number of reasons why Jewish parents may choose not to send their children to a Jewish school. Tuition cost should not be one of them.


Public Funding for Non-Public Schools

For more than forty years, securing government support for day schools and yeshivot has been at the top of the Orthodox Jewish community’s public policy agenda. We have not been alone in this; the Catholic community, as well as other population segments that use non-public schools, has worked in coalition with us to seek such support.


In Memoriam, Dayan Berel Berkovits, z”l: HaDayan HaMetzuyan

In the prime of life, Dayan Berel Berkovits, a dayan (judge) serving on the beit din of London’s Federation of Synagogues, was abruptly summoned to the Heavenly Academy on this past sixth of Nisan. That tragic event occurred during a short stopover in Jerusalem on Dayan Berkovits’ return from Egypt, where he was engaged in a mission associated with his communal responsibilities.