Forum on Jewish educational institutions

Two Brooklyn educational institutions — The Institute for Living Judaism in Brooklyn and The East Midwood Hebrew Day School — will present the first in a series of forums, January 31 from 3-5 p.m., aimed at helping Brooklyn parents choose Jewish programs for their children — day school, Talmud Torah, religious school, pre-K, Hebrew high, or some combination thereof. The program will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Avenue.

Entitled “The Next Generation: Educating Jewish Children in Brooklyn,” the centerpiece of the event will be a panel discussion featuring experts in the field. Representatives from Avi Chai, NYC’s Board of Jewish Education, SAJES, and the Jewish Educators Assembly will discuss the challenges of providing serious, effective educational experiences with a pluralistic outlook.

Issues to be discussed include effective teaching philosophies, degree of religious observance, and affordability of such programs.

After the panel discussion, parents will have a chance to interact with representatives from the various educational options in attendance. A focus of the discussion will be the new Hebrew Language Academy, the NYC Charter School being housed in the Midwood section of the Brooklyn, which is heavily supported by the Steinhardt Foundation.

No admission will be charged and light snacks will be provided. For more, call 718-338-3800.

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