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June 27, 2016 / 21 Sivan, 5776

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City of Jerusalem & Parents’ Group Declare School Strike Over Inadequate Security

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

The Jerusalem municipality joined the city parents’ association to declare a school strike Thursday for students in grades 9-12 to protest inadequate government security funding.

High schools throughout Jerusalem will be on strike as both the city and the parents demand the government pay for security measures that will protect schools throughout the school day.

Elementary schools are in session as usual.

“As long as the government is shirking its responsibility for school security, we will not abandon our children,” explained Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat in a statement released Wednesday night.

According to the statement, security for Jerusalem schools is funded only until 1:30 pm.

Security coverage at school is not funded after that time, and those communities who cannot afford to pay for it may simply have no coverage until the end of the school day.

Hana Levi Julian

Yeshiva University President Richard Joel Announces Retirement

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Yeshiva University President Richard Joel has announced he plans to step down at the end of his current term, and possibly earlier if a successor can be found before 2018.

The announcement was made by Joel, 65, in an email sent to YU alumni, staff and students on Thursday.

“I am well into my 13th year of the presidency and the 28th year of leading Jewish educational institutions,” Joel wrote.

“When I accepted a third term as president, I informed our chair, Henry Kressel, that it would be my last.

“As we now are poised to advance, I have asked chairman Moshael Straus to begin the process of transition and to identify and recruit my successor. This wonderful and committed lay leadership deserves to have the time to be deliberate in that process.”

Earlier in the day on Thursday (Sept. 10) Yeshiva University and Montefiore Health System announced they sealed a landmark deal between the two that gives Montefiore operational authority and responsibility over Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Einstein).

Under the agreement, Yeshiva University remains responsible for academic oversight, including the granting of degrees. YU also runs a satellite program in Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish School Year Starts with Revolutionary Curriculum

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

(Alon Shvut, Israel) Jewish schools throughout North America as well as in South Africa and Australia are introducing a revolutionary curriculum to their students this academic year. Over 1,300 students in over twenty schools will be using the new program designed by the Halacha Education Center (HEC). The programs designed by HEC represent a major overhaul of the classic Jewish educational experience.

The HEC has taken the original sources and prime texts of Jewish law and developed new exciting, user-friendly, accessible textbooks, teacher’s guide, videos, and audio-visual material that engage the students in a deep, enjoyable and memorable fashion. The new materials are likely the first significant reformatting and presentation of Judaism’s ancient laws and wisdom.

“The curriculum is an extraordinary experience,” declared Rabbi Leonard Matanky, Dean of Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago, who participated in the program pilot. “The materials they have prepared and the professional development they have provided have had a profound impact upon teachers and students.”

“It presents the breadth and depth of the halakha (Jewish law) itself while providing the background and scaffolding necessary for the high school student,” commented Rabbi Tully Harcsztark, Principal of the SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY, another pilot participant. “It exposes students to original sources, including contemporary responsa, in a manner that makes challenging topics cognitively as well as spiritually and emotionally accessible.”

The HEC is the brainchild of Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon, a leading Rabbinic personality in Israel. They have published over 40 books, including Rabbi Rimon’s best-selling Hagaddah of Pesach as well as the Laws of Shemita (the Sabbatical Year), and Laws of the Army. Multiple HEC texts are currently part of the required curriculum throughout the public school system in Israel, as mandated by the Ministry of Education. They are used in all 250 state religious high schools, in an additional 200 elementary schools, and have reached over 95,000 students.

In 5 years HEC has produced 43 books and provided enriched Jewish learning for over 400,000 people worldwide.

HEC currently produces material in English, Hebrew, Spanish, French and Portuguese.

Jewish Press Staff

2.2M Israeli Children Return to the Classrooms

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Slightly more than two million children returned to school this morning (Tues. Sept. 1) in the State of Israel.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett visited a local school in Ra’anana where photographers snapped pictures of the minister and other parents bringing their children to class and ceremoniously bidding them farewell.

Children arrive to their first day of First Grade at Paula Ben Gurion elementary school in Jerusalem.

First Grade at Paula Ben Gurion elementary school in Jerusalem.

Bennett recently presented a national plan to increase the number of students graduating from advanced mathematics classes, with an initial goal to double the numbers in four years.

The plan, at an estimated cost of NIS 75 million, will double the number of advanced math teachers within four years from 1,000 to 2,000. In addition, 15,000 hours of classes and study assistance will be added to the curriculum.

“All districts are ready, the schools are ready,” the minister wrote on his Facebook page Monday night, adding, “166,208 teachers are ready for 2,194,931 Israeli students.

First Grade students attending school at Paula Ben Gurion elementary school in Jerusalem.

First Grade students at Paula Ben Gurion elementary school in Jerusalem.

“The school year will open as planned, without any strikes or surpises. I wish the children of Israel – Good luck! We love you!”

Despite those warm wishes and the successful start to the new school year, however, Bennett is already under attack from Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni, a former government minister.

Livni attended opening day at the Yachad School in Modi’in, where she slammed Bennett’s recent statement that one can achieve more social tolerance by strengthening Jewish identity, rather than by a “melting pot” approach.

“Bennett is forgetting the other side of the equation,” she said. “The ‘other’ does not need to be ‘me’ but the other has to respect the ‘me’… to respect his heritage, to respect his language, and following the proliferation of incidents of racism and hatred this summer, we must teach that the ‘other’ does not need to be a frightening, incited and besmirched enemy.

“Along with improving and strengthening studies in mathematics, it is essential that we first teach our children to be human beings,” Livni said.

Bennett covered precisely that concept in a statement last month, saying “If I study my identity as an Israeli, as a Jew, in depth, and I am at peace with this identity, I do not need to fear meeting a person who is different, respecting him, appreciating him, working alongside him.

“We need to respect identity while advancing tolerance.”

Hana Levi Julian

Bennett: Israeli-Arab Children to Start Learning Hebrew in Kindergarten

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Education Minister Naftali Bennett announced that in the coming year, Israeli-Arab students will begin learning to speak Hebrew in kindergarten, and will be required to learn Hebrew until the 12th grade.

Bennett says the move will help narrow the social gap between Arabs and Jews.

In May, MK Oren Hazan (Likud) proposed that Jewish students be required to learn Arabic, starting in first grade.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Jewish-Arab Jerusalem School Arsonists Sent to Prison

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Two brothers who torched a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem have been sentenced in Jerusalem District Court to 2 ½ years in prison.

“Lehava” extremist members Nachman Twito, 18 and his brother Shlomo, 22, were sentenced today (Wednesday, July 22) after their conviction on charges of vandalizing and setting a classroom on fire at the Jewish-Arab Max Rayne Hand in Hand Jerusalem School.

Nachman was sentenced to two years in prison and a 10 month suspended sentence. He also was ordered to pay the school NIS 15,000 in damages. Shlomo was sentenced to two years in prison and received an 8 month suspended sentence. He was ordered to pay the school NIS 10,000 in damages.

The brothers, both residents of Beitar Illit, were arrested on December 7, 2014 and confessed to having torched the country’s largest integrated school on November 29. They also spray-painted graffiti in Hebrew on the walls inside the school: “Kahane was right,” “Enough with assimilation,” “Death to Arabs,” and “You can’t coexist with a cancer.”

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) said in a statement that the two brothers and a third accomplice still on trial – Yitzchak Gabai – attacked the school “because Jews and Arabs learn together at the school, and the goal was to put opposition to coexistence and assimilation in the public eye.”

Hana Levi Julian

California Resolution Urges Action on Campus Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The California State Assembly on Monday passed a resolution urging action on the increasingly rampant anti-Semitism on University of California (UC) campuses.

The resolution urges each UC campus to “adopt a resolution condemning all forms of anti-Semitism and racism.”

The bipartisan measure was introduced by State Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) follow-ing a series of events that targeted Jews and Israel on UC campuses, including an incident at UC Davis in which a swastika was painted onto an Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi) Jewish fraternity build-ing and the UCLA student government’s probing of a Jewish student’s religious identity during a hearing on her application for a judicial board position.

The resolution was previously passed unanimously in May by the California State Senate, 35-0, and by the California Assembly’s Higher Education Committee, 8-0, in June.

JNS News Service

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