Education for the Jewish Future

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  1. Ori Pomerantz says:

    Excellent post. I have two points to raise:

    1. At the risk of sounding cynical, if the purpose of a philantropist is to get more children into Jewish day schools, it makes perfect sense to avoid helping Orthodox parents. They will make the sacrifices and do it anyway. It is more effective to help the less committed Jews who would decide on public education instead.

    2. It is a common theme of this site that the heterodox movements are futile and transient. I wonder if day schools will be enough to save us.

  2. Esther says:

    I really appreciate Rabbi Menken’s acknowledgement that any serious Jewish education is better than none – and that the Orthodox teachers who choose to enter these schools are playing such an important role. A friend who teaches at a Schechter school has built amazing connections with the kids and they ask him serious questions about halacha and hashkafa. I know I woul not have been as inclined towards becoming more involved with the Torah lifestyle if I hadn’t already been able to read Hebrew and know about the holidays and prayers – which came from attending a “community” school. I get very frustrated when frum people criticize non-Orthodox parents for sending their kids to these schools, as if the other option was a more frum school. In fact, as you write, the other option is public school with afternoon “Hebrew school” – which is usually a joke and can get kids even more turned off because they feel it’s infringing on their free time.

  3. Jewish Observer says:

    “A friend who teaches at a Schechter school has built amazing connections with the kids”

    I know someone who taught 8th grade at SS in LI for many years and influenced many kids to go to HANC (if you hold that’s good) many of whom went on to YU (if you hold that’s good) some of whom got smicha (if you hold that’s good)

  1. May 15, 2007

    […] The failure of Manhattan Schechter and near-failure of Metro Schechter are the results of these ill-advised policies, at least within the Conservative movement. I have written previously that I am in favor of Jewish children choosing Jewish schools “regardless of whose name is on the building.” Yudelson points out that “community liberal Jewish high schools are thriving in places including Boston, Atlanta, and, yes, Manhattan’s west side,” neglecting the successful and relatively new Cardin High School here in Baltimore, which has competed with the Orthodox run Beth Tfiloh Community High School for a similar demographic. Without exaggeration I would say that both high schools are winning. It is unfortunate, in my opinion, that the Conservative movement is getting a failing grade in Jewish education. Spread the Word | Permalink | Trackback | Comment Feed […]

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