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Visitor Comments: 54

(54) June, June 30, 2011 2:47 PM

I can tell you what's wrong at our school

What's wrong at our school is that it's much too lax. My son transferred there from a Jewish day school, and he hasn't learned a thing and is bored to death. They refuse to pull him out to give him more Hebrew and the activities are very immature. They can't see that he's too grown up to be in a babyish class. He won't go back and there goes our Jewish education.

(53) Elianah, July 5, 2010 8:08 PM

Hebrew School

We are Conservative Jews. My 9th grade daughter does not want to return to Hebrew School next year because last year they sat around and played with their Ipods and did little or no class work. Some of the conversation was 'most of you will not marry a Jew when you grow up'. She feels it is pointless to attend. Sunday was spent with some kids fighting over the couch to sit on and deciding who was cool and who was not. I am sorry to say, I kind of agree with her on not finishing her last year.

(52) Anonymous, June 20, 2010 12:30 PM

Not cool

We need people in the spotlight to talk about it and make it seem cool. No one gets caught by paparazzi taking their kid to Jewish school. No one talks about anything like it unless it's the kabbala school certain well-known people like to build and talk about. Jewish school needs celebrity endorsements. it needs to catch on like red strings and yoga.

(51) Sheila Silver Halet, June 18, 2010 4:43 PM

B'nei Mitzvahs To Go

For 45 years I taught Hebrew School in the afternoon/evening. I tried to make all my students feel enjoyment in the learning of our wonderful heritage. Being educated as a Jewish female, I always felt left out ritually but that was in the 50's and 60's. One day I was asked to officiate a Bar Mitzvah of a student who I had educated privately and thus began my chance over a sixteen year period to experience leading a congregation. Educating and Conducting B'nei Mitzvahs in and around my Mass. area for unaffiliated Jewish and Mixed families, taught me one very special lesson...that a rite of passage is truly special and when it comes from the heart, which in all these cases so appeared, it truly was their Moment In Time, And yes, they had to know the Shma Yisroel. Todah Rabbah

(50) calie, June 18, 2010 3:45 PM

18 Words

To the writer of 18 words--What a great idea! I have often wondered why even the very religious Jewish schools teach these words as other religions and the U.S. and Western world translates these words, only to tell these same students, years later, that they learned it all wrong and that the students don't really understand very much. Well, where were they supposed to have learned any of this to understand it? Is there any contact information that can be provided so that I may ask for a copy of this pamphlet? I would really like to read it and I think some people I know would appreciate it as well. Thank you.

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