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What VCE results announcements tell us about schools

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The VCE results for 2016 have been released, with much fanfare. Again, the Jewish schools have ranked very highly in the state, jostling for position in the top 10, and the best performing students in each school are among the very top in the state. We are spoiled for choice when it comes to Jewish schools, and each caters to a specific segment of the community. Whether all of this is good or bad is not the focus…

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Shavuot 2015-5775

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David Werdiger is speaking at two Tikkun Leil Shavuot programs on Saturday night: He is on a Zooz panel discussion about how Jewish schools can/should inspire students to maintain a connection, allocation of funding to different types of Jewish education, and how these can influence Jewish continuity. See the Zooz Facebook groups for details. He is also speaking at David Werdiger at Yeshivah Centre (12.45am) about “the influence of Torah in the workplace”: how being…

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Jewish Education Technology at the JFN Conference

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David Werdiger talks about how technology and innovation is tackling the challenge of bringing Jewish education and engagement to the next generation. “Election? What election! An event likely to have a far bigger and longer-lasting impact on the Jewish world is happening this week in Tel Aviv – the annual Jewish Funders Network conference. This isn’t about the next Waze or ReWalk and huge exits. But it’s about using the very same technology and innovation skills and applying them…

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Speaking at Limmud Oz 2014

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David Werdiger will be appearing in several panel sessions at Limmud Oz this year, which takes place 7-9 June 2014 at Monash University Caulfield Campus. “Vegetarian and Jewish?“, with Anthony Frosh, Nikki Silbert & Seraphya Berrin “Australian Jewish philanthropy: who gives a buck?” with Karen Mahlab & Mark Joel “Whither Jewish Australia?” with Danny Schiff These should be thought-provoking and informative sessions.

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Rambam – Three (and a bit) Years Later

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It all started  at a very merry Simchat Torah in 2008. Each year, a small group of friends had developed a custom of “making deals” – as I like to characterize them. As an example, the previous year we pledged a donation if my long-haired nephew would get a crew-cut. In amongst the alcohol-infused joy and benevolent mood that followed, these things made plenty of sense at the time, and reasonable sense the next day….

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Galus Australis – a new frontier

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From a journey that began with writing some comments on a blog called The Sensible Jew, I had the opportunity to meet several fellow bloggers/writers who became associated with that blog. As quickly as that one fizzled, it was “replaced” by the cleverly named Galus Australis, a forum for discussion and debate about Jewish life in Australia. The editors kindly asked me to become a regular contributor on the blog, and I was pleased to…

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Got Jewish Education?

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Recently, I attended a philanthropic forum to discuss the issue of funding for Jewish education. In a most informative and stimulating day, we heard several different views on the topic from diverse perspectives, which included the day school system, UJEB, tertiary options under development (see here), and the Jewish education provided to students by AUJS. Our city of Melbourne is blessed with a day school system that rivals any in the world in terms of…

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