Sunday, October 24, 2021


The Shabbos Project Ushers in Seeach Sod Students

(Courtesy of Seeach Sod) Since 2013, the Shabbos Project, known by its slogan #Keeping it together, has grown from a local experiment in South Africa to an annual event that unites over 1 million Jews of all stripes and affiliations from the four corners of the globe. Starting with Erev Shabbos challah bakes, through a


Darkaynu Students Arrive for One-of-a-Kind Year in Israel

(Courtesy of Darkaynu) Twenty teens and young adults arrived this week from the US, Canada and England to participate in the Elaine and Norm Brodsky Darkaynu Program, designed to allow students with special needs to benefit from the “year in Israel” experience.

Founded in 2003 by the Ohr


The Roots of Abortion in the Torah

The abortion debate in America can often leave observant Jews feeling like outsiders. The two sides, often dubbed “pro-life” and “pro-choice,” don’t quite fit into the halachic paradigm. It therefore leaves some of us trying to navigate the space with uncertainty.

While the Torah doesn’t


Our Presence Is the Most Important Present

This past week our freshmen went on their annual hike. Our freshman hike is an integral team-building activity that contributes to the unification of the grade and it is thoughtfully coordinated with one goal in mind: relationship building. I love the hike and enjoy participating. As hike day approached, and I was looking ahead at the


Beyond the SATs

Guidance counselors on what it takes to create an excellent college application.

Here’s a simple fact: The 50,000 applications that typically inundate an Ivy League admissions office yearly like falling autumn leaves all meet the highest


Reach New Heights With Online Learning Tree Tutoring

Shoshanah Susie Meyersdorf, aka Morah Shoshanah, is a born teacher. Her goal is her students’ success and she uses all of her considerable talents to connect with them and ensure they meet their potential.

Meyersdorf has been teaching for over 30 years. She began her career in psychology but


Reflections on October Awareness Month: ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Selective Mutism

October is ADHD Awareness Month, Learning Disabilities Awareness Month and Selective Mutism Awareness Month. These developmental disorders, along with high-functioning autism, are the ones most frequently seen in our students at The Springboard School. This October focus has led me to reflect on the hundreds of


Torah Live Breathes New Life Into Education

Gaming site creates game-changer for Jewish families and teachers.

Once upon a time, a teacher could walk into a classroom, begin to speak, write on the board and hold the students in the palm of his hand.

Those days are past.


Salaries and Benefits of Jewish Educators

The Collaborative for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) is a community of researchers, practitioners and policymakers dedicated to improving the quality of knowledge that can be used to guide Jewish education and learning. This recent study is the fourth of a series that shares findings on career trajectories of Jewish


My Overworked Hollywood Life

When I worked in Hollywood I was extremely devoted to my career. So much so that when a colleague would occasionally make the rounds to say goodbye because he or she was off to another career endeavor—no doubt one that allowed a personal life—I would feel a twinge of pity for them. What was it about this lifestyle they


Sixteen Years Since Hurricane Katrina

It has been 16 years to the day from Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Ida. What has happened in 16 years? Here’s what I know.

As I walked into the world-famous Café Du Monde, the staff that I know so well said, “Thank you for your service. Thank you for coming back time and time again. We


A Tribute to Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler, zt”l

Rabbi Dr. Moshe Tendler, zt”l, and I interacted on only three occasions, but as a woman, daughter and mother who principally functions outside the mainstream yeshiva world, they remain indelible memories. Rabbi Tendler was clearly a Torah giant, a distinguished scientist and an unparalleled medical ethicist, but what resonated with me

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