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Israel Gay Pride Police Arrest Nursery School Teacher to Protect Parade

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

After their abysmal failure to stop ultra-Orthodox murderer Yishai Schlissel, who in 2015 stabbed to death an Israeli teenage girl at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, police have gone several shades of crazy on the eve of the Tel Aviv Friday parade. According to the legal aid society Honenu, police have been raiding the homes of rightwing activists, warning them against attending and protesting the parade.

According to attorney Itamar Ben Gvir, despite the fact that an Israeli court refused to sign restraining orders without the shred of a proof against individuals, police nevertheless showed up in their homes and demanded that they sign an agreement to stay away from the parade.

“The police have forgotten that the right of free speech also includes the right to protest the gay pride parade,” Ben Gvir said, noting that “although the activist who was made to sign had no intention of going there, and certainly had not planned to, the very notion of knocking on people’s doors and asking them to sign such a prohibition is contrary to the laws of the State of Israel.”

At 2 AM Friday, police officers and detectives raided the home of a family in Samaria and detained for interrogation the mother, a nursery school teacher and mother of four. The forces came equipped with a search order signed by Tel Aviv Magistrate Court Judge Shlomit Ben-Itzhak, woke up the family and confiscated the woman’s smartphone and computer. Then they took the woman for an interrogation without any court order, with her husband and baby tagging along.

In her interrogation, the woman shared that she had no idea there was going to be a gay pride parade, and that she has no connection to any related activity.

It is obvious that police are terrified of a repeat of the Jerusalem parade murder, where they allowed near the parade a known violent attacker of gays, who had just been released from a long prison term for attacking marchers in the 2005 Jerusalem gay pride parade. It’s bewildering to think what the police might do in preparation for the Jerusalem gay pride parade in two months. Rightwing activists are encouraged to give interviews and publish blog entries in favor of acceptance, embracing the other, and respecting people’s right to experiment with their sexuality — or face jail.

David Israel

Israeli Elementary School Children Take Pictures from Edge of Space

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

A group of ambitious students and parents from the Yigal Alon elementary school in Hod Hasharon, a bedroom community just east of Tel Aviv, last week shot a meteorological balloon 15 miles up, almost reaching the edge of the earth’s atmosphere, and collected images and complete flight data.

The project, dubbed “Aiming High,” was initiated by Yuval Erez, a parent who works as aeronautic engineer for military manufacturer Elbit. He managed to infect with his enthusiasm the school head, a group of parents, and 33 students, and together they “simply conquered space,” as a local newspaper put it with superlatively unabashed pride.

The students were divided into work groups, each led by a parent, Erez related, “and we started to meet for activities every Friday after school. The aim of the project was to teach the children different things, the kind they don’t learn at school; to show them that if you have a dream and you designate a target, even if it looks unattainable, like flying a documentation device to the edge of space and retrieving it, it is attainable.”

Weather balloon (illustration)

Weather balloon (illustration)

“The group purchased the technical equipment, with adjustments made by the mechanical team that built the box,” Yuval continued. The Styrofoam box, weighing 42.3 ounces, “was installed with two GoPro type cameras, a black box to record the full flight data, location respondents so we could locate the box after it landed, and a radio transmitter.”

The launch had to be coordinated with the Civil Aviation Authority and Air Force Intelligence, lest the unidentified balloon be treated as an invader and shot down prematurely.

The edge of space (Illustration)

The edge of space (Illustration)

The launch took place at the Megadim beach, north of Atlit, off the main highway to Haifa. The weather balloon, filled with helium (courtesy of the Maxima company which provided the expensive gas free of charge), reached the height of about 15 miles and blew up above Nazareth. The box parachute opened and the tiny spaceship landed in the orchards between the communities of Kinneret and Alumot, on the shore of Lake Kinneret.

“The balloon launch was not problem free,” Erez recalled. “The wind was too strong, and when the balloon was being inflated, the tether was torn and it escaped and flew a few yards off. We figured out the malfunction and the second launch was a success.” The balloon rose at the rate of 18 to 21 ft. per second, he said, and “we received flight data and stunning images from the side camera, showing the blue stripe between the black outer space and the white atmosphere at the edge of space. We even managed to get a selfie of the balloon, and shots of the moment the balloon exploded.”

And just to save our learned readers the trouble of writing a knowing comment regarding the Karman line, which commonly represents the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and outer space, at an altitude of 62 miles, and not 15 miles — well, we also knew that one.


Purim Began Early This Year

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

As there’s no school on Purim, Israeli schools hold their Purim parties and dress-ups earlier…

Photos by Flash90: Yonatan Sindel, Gershon Elinson, Lior Mizrahi

Purim Costumes 2016

Purim Costumes 2016

Purim Costumes 2016

Purim Costumes 2016

Purim Costumes 2016

Purim Costumes 2016

Purim Costumes 2016

Purim Costumes 2016

Purim Costumes 2016

Purim Costumes 2016

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Full-Scale Alert

Monday, February 15th, 2016

At 10:05 AM, all across Israel, air raid sirens sounded as part of a nationwide drill.

Students participated in the Home Front exercise in different ways, from assisting security crews to going into bomb shelter.



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London Ultra-Orthodox School to Shut Down for Being Too Jewish

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

The ultra-Orthodox Talmud Torah Tashbar school at 1A Rookwood Road in Stamford Hill, north London, with more than 200 students, was ordered by the Department of Education to shut down next month, after Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) inspectors had announced it was not meeting minimum standards.

Ofsted inspectors said that the school curriculum created “cultural and ethnic insularity because it is so narrow and almost exclusively rooted in the study of the Torah.” They added that they found the school to “severely restrict the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils,” not allowing them to develop “a wider, deeper understanding of different faiths, communities, cultures and lifestyles, including those of England.”

Among other things, the school was cited for not teaching in English “as a matter of religious principle.”

The British Humanist Association, which makes it its business to do away with faith-based schools, was delighted with the decision: “We’re glad that the Government has now moved to shut this particular school down… However, there are clearly many more out there just like it. The situation revealed by these reports is simply outrageous and those in government who have failed to act in the past ought to be ashamed of themselves for standing idly by while thousands of children have their childhoods stolen.”

A Department of Education spokesman said: “It is a criminal offense to operate an unregistered independent school. This school’s application for registration has been rejected and on 30 December it was informed of this decision. It has been told to close by 12 February.”

According to the Jewish Chronicle, the head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw has been leading the charge against illegal schools, urging tougher action from government after three unregistered Muslims schools were discovered in Birmingham in recent months.

The ultra-Orthodox school has the right to appeal the decision but has not yet done so.

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Tel Aviv Visits Efrat

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai visited the town of Efrat in Gush Etzion to observe how the town protects its educational centers and students.

Ron Huldai in Efrat classrom

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Success is within Reach

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Leah, a smart, talented, and social fifth grader down right hates school! According to her mom, Leah would feign just about any illness to avoid going to school. This has resulted in increased conflict and tension in the home as Leah’s parents are at their wits end trying to figure out what is wrong with their agitated child. 

For Leah, school is a struggle. Although she tries her best to keep up with her peers, she finds that no matter how hard she tries, she’s often gets failing marks and sees herself falling further and further behind academically.  For those who know her, this problem does not make any sense. Leah is bright, very curious and full of life, but she turns into a ball of frustration and anxiety as soon as she is required to do anything school related. 

Leah is not alone. Many children today struggle in school, but this does not need to be the case. Often the struggle is a result of an undiagnosed learning disability, the most common of which is dyslexia. Yet with the right approach, these student can not only succeed, they can soar. 

Dyslexia is a neurologic language based learning difficulty that affects ones ability to acquire reading, process language, write, spell and comprehend written material despite adequate exposure, motivation, and at least average to very superior level of intelligence. Research shows that dyslexia affects 1 in 5 children and varies in severity from mild, moderate, severe, to profound. Children with dyslexia are present in every classroom, but often are not identified because of lack of knowledge on the part of the school and the parents, and also due to the child’s strong desire to hide their learning difficulty. Because these children don’t look different from children who are not dyslexic; there are no outward physical signs of dyslexia aside from the child’s obvious struggle to read or comprehend written material, dyslexia is often referred to as a “hidden disability”. Only recently through fMRI research have researchers been able to uncover and identify the neurological imprint of dyslexia in the brain. Although dyslexics can be helped to improve their reading skills throughout their lifespan, early identification, ideally by first grade or the latest by third grade, combined with a proven research based reading intervention can go a long way to correct and not just compensate for this learning difference. 

In addition to an appropriate reading intervention there is much that teachers and parents can do to enable these students to succeed in school. Knowledge is power. Start by educating yourself about what dyslexia is (a neurological learning difference) and what it is not (it is not about seeing letters backwards). Visit your local library or learning disabilities websites online to learn more about this condition. Many children with dyslexia can be taught to read, yet once they master reading, they will still need appropriate accommodations and modifications to succeed in the classroom, because having dyslexia compromises their reading and writing speed and spelling as compared to their non-dyslexic peers. With the right combination of accommodations and modifications that gap can be minimized, while enabling the child to demonstrate their true capabilities and experience success. 

Some may express concern that giving dyslexic children accommodations and modifications will give them a “leg up on the competition”. That they will have an “unfair advantage” over their non-dyslexic peers. Research shows that nothing can be further from the truth. Even with accommodations and modifications in place, dyslexic students still have to work harder than their non-dyslexic classmates to succeed. Having these resources simply enables them to better acquire the information and demonstrate what they know.

Dr. Rinat R. Green

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/health/success-is-within-reach/2015/11/30/

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