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 By Julie Wiener    News    December 6, 2013

Free tuition? Jewish preschool leaders say money's not the problem

NEW YORK (JTA)-At the federation movement's General Assembly in Jerusalem in early November, the chairman of the network did something unusual for Jewish power gatherings: He devoted the bulk of his...

 
 By Julie Wiener    News    December 6, 2013

Brooklyn Jews targeted in 'knockout' attacks

NEW YORK (JTA)-Chava, a student at a Chabad seminary, has lived in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn for six years, but it's only in the past few days that she started carrying pepper spray in...

 

The Slingshot effect: Do innovators reap rewards from annual list?

NEW YORK (JTA)-The biblical David used a slingshot to kill Goliath, thus earning the attention of King Saul. Today, Jewish organizations are trying to use Slingshot, an annual guide of the 50 "most...

 

Outreach groups reconsidering approach to dual-faith families

NEW YORK (JTA)-When Susan Katz Miller's Episcopalian mother and Jewish father married in the 1960s, they did exactly what most religious leaders advised intermarried couples to do: They chose one...

 

Rabbis raised with Christmas: Growing number come from intermarriages

NEW YORK (JTA)—When Eric Woodward started rabbinical school at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, he assumed he would be be the only student who grew up celebrating Christmas along with Hanukkah. But midway through his train...

 
 By Julie Wiener    News    November 1, 2013

Liberal Jews laying claim to Jewish burial rituals

NEW YORK (JTA)-When his cousin died unexpectedly a few years ago, Hal Miller-Jacobs was recruited to oversee the funeral arrangements and wound up helping with the tahara-the traditional preparation...

 

Plucky N.Y. teen gets surprising lowdown on kosher chicken

NEW YORK (JTA)—For several months during the spring of his 10th grade year, Jack Millman had an unusual Saturday ritual: He and his mother would ride around metropolitan New York and buy up vast...

 
 By Julie Wiener    Features    July 5, 2013

'Family Time' Hebrew school

Edward Schnitzer remembers his father dropping him off every week for Sunday school and hanging out at the men’s club while the kids sat in a classroom. “I don’t remember any of it with the family together,” he says. But for his daughters,...

 
 By Julie Wiener    News    June 21, 2013

U.S. publisher, Israeli nonprofit team up on new Jewish ed-tech incubator

In a move likely to give the fledgling Jewish educational technology field a much-needed shot of capital and know-how, an Israeli nonprofit and an American publishing company best known for its Hebrew school textbooks are teaming up to create the...

 
 By Julie Wiener    Features    May 24, 2013

Learning Jewish history via touch-screen time travel

On a warm Sunday morning last month in Washington Square Park, parents were leisurely pushing strollers, sunbathers were strewn about on the grass, and people of all ages were lounging on the wooden benches and sipping coffee. Meanwhile about 15...

 

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