Jewish sages teach that “the very world rests on the breath of children in the schoolhouse.” Yet, without the finest quality teachers providing the “oxygen”—knowledge, skills, love of learning—that world rests on a shaky foundation. To help ensure a solid and secure foundation, the San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded Yeshiva University an initial $4 million grant to produce a significantly larger cadre of the best trained Jewish educators to work with Jewish youth and young adults.
Two new teaching fellowships offered by the Institute for University-School Partnership at Yeshiva University’s Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration aim to increase the number of qualified Jewish educators, particularly outside the New York tri-state area, by enabling recent graduates to combine their studies with placements in schools.
Four Montrealers are participating in an innovative program at Yeshiva University (YU) this summer. Edith Baumberg and Hana Cohen, teachers at Solomon Schechter Academy of Montreal; Rabbi Yamin Benarroch, dean of students, student advisor, and teacher at Hebrew Academy in Cote St. Luc; and Shalom Spira are part of a program spearheaded by the Canadian Jewish community to train local Jewish educators and education professionals.