August 18, 2013

D.C. Hebrew-immersion Charter School To Teach the Language as Part of Secular Education


D.C. Hebrew-immersion charter school to teach the language as part of secular education
By Lauren Marko
August 9, 2013

Sela, which means “rock” or “foundation” in Hebrew, is scheduled to open in the District on Aug. 19. As a public school, Sela may not teach or show preference to any religion. But the intimate connection between Hebrew and Judaism makes some people wonder whether the separation is truly possible.

The question is not just for Sela, but for the dozen or so other public Hebrew charter schools, from Brooklyn to San Diego, that have started since the first one opened in Florida in 2007. And more Hebrew-language charters are in the design stage.

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