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Jewish Day Schools, School Choice, and the Dilemmas of Religious Education

Aug. 5 2016

Taking as his point of departure Milton Friedman’s 1955 essay “The Role of Government in Education,” Jason Bedrick discusses the history of religion in American public education, the various ways the government could encourage and subsidize private religious schools, the religious-freedom concerns that accompany such funding, and the widely perceived “tuition crisis” affecting Modern Orthodox communities. Bedrick argues that “it would be truer to the spirit of pluralism and freedom in this country [to have] a system that subsidized individuals and families and allowed them to choose the sort of schools that work best for [themselves] and reflect their values.” (Interview by Eric Cohen. Audio, 42 minutes.)

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More about: American Jewish History, Day schools, Education, Freedom of Religion, Jewish education, Religion & Holidays

Germany’s Bid to Keep Israel off the UN Security Council

March 21 2018

The Jewish state has never held a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council. For the first 50 years of its existence, it was denied membership in any of the UN’s regional groups, which control candidacies for these rotating seats. Then it was finally admitted to the Western European and Others Group, which promptly agreed to wait another twenty years before approving Jerusalem for a Security Council candidacy. Now, Benny Avni notes, Germany is poised to block action:

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More about: Germany, Israel & Zionism, Israeli-German relations, United Nations