From Public School to Hillel: Why I Made the Switch, and Where it Got Me

By Julie Tigay, first and second grade general studies co-teacher In the summer of 2012, I was an exhausted public school teacher. I had 30 kids in my class, not enough space and the pressure of the Common Core curriculum. … Read More

Reports of our Demise are Greatly Exaggerated!

This survey of the Jewish population confirms what many have feared. Jews are assimilating at an alarming rate, especially urban, educated and wealthier Jews.  The trend has been established for some time. Jews are increasingly more concerned with fashion and … Read More

Is it Okay to Celebrate Halloween as an American Jew?

This is an interesting and somewhat controversial question.  We live in a Christian culture, making it sometimes challenging to separate the religious from the secular. Sefer Vayikra (Book of Leviticus) provides the source of the prohibition against celebrating gentile customs … Read More

No Excuses – Time for Action

The New York Times summed up the recent Pew survey: Portrait of Jewish Americans like this, “[Among Jewish Americans, there has been] a significant rise in those who are not religious, marry outside the faith and are not raising their … Read More