Sunday, August 26, 2007

Church versus State

The doors opened to the Ben Gamla Hebrew Charter School last week, but already there are problems. The school board has rejected the Hebrew language curriculum, saying that it overstepped the bounds of the church-state divide, and now the school has suspended Hebrew classes.

The challenge is teaching Hebrew and Jewish culture without teaching Judaism. Some critics insist that there is no way to do this. Others argue that schools that teach foreign languages do not necessarily teach an associated religion.

Is it possible to teach Hebrew without teaching Jewish culture? Is Jewish culture another way of saying Judaism?

Read the New York Time's article here.