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When Kathy Mioni took over as the principal of Akiva Academy in the post-industrial city of Youngstown, Ohio, the school had 52 students and was in danger of closing within a year.
Seven years later, the Jewish community day school’s enrollment has grown by an even 100 and expanded by two grades — in addition to a preschool and infant care. And Mioni is quick to say why: Two-thirds of the students, most of them not Jewish, have nearly all their tuition paid for by Ohio’s state government.
“School choice has kept Akiva open,” Mioni told JTA. “It’s exploding, actually. We don’t do a lot of advertising. It’s word of mouth. The school choice has breathed new life and functioning into Akiva.”
School choice, the philosophy that government
In early December, a bipartisan Congressional bill, H.R. 6421/S. 10, the “Antisemitism Awareness Act,” took on a long-overdue task, namely, increasing “understanding of the parameters of contemporary anti-Jewish conduct and will assist the Department of Education in determining whether an investigation of anti-Semitism under title VI is warranted.”
“Jewish students,” the bill accurately noted, “are being threatened, harassed, or intimidated in their schools . . . including through harassing
When the Senate begins to consider President-elect Donald Trump's choice to run the Department of Education, Congress should focus on the surge of anti-Semitism that continues to plague our nation's campuses. Over the past few years, anti-Semitism has reached a tipping point around the country. The FBI reported that there were more Jewish hate crime victims last year than victims of all other religious groups combined.
Nowhere is this problem worse than on college campuses where anti-Semitic
Women Teachers Receive Stipends for Study in Israel
Matan, a Jerusalem based advanced Jewish studies program for women, has launched The Bellows Eshkolot Institute for Tanakh and Jewish Studies, an initiative to improve the level and quality of Jewish education in American Jewish schools in cooperation with The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Offering full-tuition scholarships and living stipends of up to a total of $15,000, Eshkolot seeks to attract the "best and the brightest" women
Chabad on Campus tour of Poland leaves a deep impression on participants
It was not a typical college winter break at the beach for the 70 participants on “LivingLinks,” Chabad on Campus International’s first heritage trip to Poland. Instead, it was a meaningful trip filled with poignant moments, disturbing images, inspiring lessons and shared experiences.
Students from dozens of colleges across North America spent six days in Poland—bearing witness to death camps, mass graves, labor camps and