Hebrew Charter Schools Are Expanding: Popular, but at What Price?

Parents seem happy with these privately run, publicly funded schools where children learn Hebrew, but they also create controversy and tension.

NEW YORK – Abigail Feder-Kane’s 7-year-old son, Zachariah, started first grade at Harlem Hebrew Language Academy Charter School a couple of weeks ago. And he’s having a great time, reports his mother, who first looked into Jewish day schools. Then a rabbi she knows suggested checking out the new Hebrew charter school. Since it’s publicly funded it has to be secular, so the emphasis...