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Query – Positive Psychology Curriculum

It is the beginning of the year but we are already thinking about next year. We are considering using a positive psychology curriculum and if it works, would like to integrate it with the study of Jewish values or holidays. Have other schools done this successfully? What is the feedback from students and parents? Have the faculty/administration been able to see a difference in the students?

Schools Policies Regarding Nose Piercings

I am interested to know what policy, if any, schools have established regarding nose piercings for girls. On what basis was the policy established? If it’s a halachic issue, what is the issue and whose “psak” was followed, either to permit or to forbid? If it’s not a halachic issue, what other issues were considered when making the policy?

Benefits and Typologies of Parental Involvement

I am a mother of four, but I was not, and in fact, am still not, an involved parent at my children's school. Mea culpa.  But I have always looked at those parents in the forefront and wondered: Why are you so involved?  As I got more and more interested in that...

Revitalizing the Tekkes

The yamim (or modern Jewish holidays, from Yom HaShoah, to Yom HaZikaron to Yom HaAtzmaut), are often meaningful and powerful moments in modern Jewish history. However, the way in which these holidays are currently being observed by most Jewish communities lull us into a communal “sleep mode” rather than energize us. It seems as if Jewish institutions across America go into a default “tekkes-”mode (ceremony-mode) for the variety of these upcoming holidays.

Spring Season Achdut

Throughout the year, and in this season in particular, the lives of our students are so different from the lives of their peers in Israel. The Israeli kids just participated in 1 seder, they will have entirely different experiences throughout the “yamim” (try as we might to mirror the awesomeness of the “yamim” in Israel) and as of this week we will even be reading a different Parsha on Shabbat.

What can we do with our students that doesn’t contribute to an “us” and “them” reality, but fosters a real sense of Achdut and sameness with our fellow Jew living in Israel – and everywhere else in the world – despite our often differing experiences?

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