Friday, July 25, 2014

Teacha!: Stories from a Yeshiva by Gerry Albarelli

Teacha!: Stories from a Yeshiva
In this short, interesting book, Gerry, who is not Jewish, tells about his experiences teaching English to young Jewish boys in a Yeshiva in Brooklyn. Since the boys were in school from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm, and English, was seen as not really important, it was taught at the end of the day, and the boys, who spoke only Yiddish at home, were pretty wild. Despite the discipline problems, Gerry came up with some creative ways for getting the boys interested in speaking and writing in English. It sounds like he really likes the kids and is doing a great job teaching them. This book offers a unique perspective on what goes on in a Yeshiva - a school for Chasidic Jewish boys who live in a very insular culture.

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