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Stuart Dow
After graduating with honors from Yale, Stuart move to the Middle East, where he worked as a journalist for The Jerusalem Post and covered topics ranging from the first Palestinian uprising to nightlife in Israel’s capital city. Eventually, he stopped deferring law school and attended the University of Texas, where he earned his J.D. and garnered several speaking awards. While practicing at the prominent litigation firm Susman Godfrey, Stuart became increasingly interested in education, serving on the founding board of the KIPP Academy and creating his own religious studies program for adults entitled J-MASS. Soon, unusual circumstances converged, and Stuart was selected as the Founding Head of The Emery/Weiner School. Neither he nor private education would ever be the same. Nearly ten years later, “The Emery Difference” was defined by features such as one-of-a-kind opening ceremonies, an unusually robust experiential program, and a unique institutional culture that merged informality and irreverence, with real seriousness of academic and ethical purpose. The result was extraordinary success measured not only by standardized scores and college admissions, but also through unparalleled enrollment and financial growth compared to any like school in the country. For more information, see

Entries by Stuart Dow

Santa's Story & the Challenge of Disbelief

(0) Comments | Posted December 14, 2015 | 6:52 PM

She swore she wasn't angry, but she certainly seemed annoyed. In her text, she wrote that she was only sharing the information because other parents might be upset or offended. Upset or offended? Really? Apparently, my five-year-old-son, Nathaniel, had told her five-year-old son, James, that Santa Claus wasn't real. Notably,...

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Ann's F'ing Tweet: Semantics, Semitics and My Students

(4) Comments | Posted September 24, 2015 | 5:58 PM

As I write, it's Yom Kippur -- the holiest day in the Jewish year. It's 25 hours of fasting, praying, repenting and confessing. In that spirit, here's an uncomfortable admission. I kind of like Ann Coulter. Don't get me wrong, I disagree with much of what she says -- but...

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Keep the Change: Life Lessons From a Little Money (a Commencement Address)

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 6:11 PM

This morning, I want to talk about money. I'm not referring to financial literacy, and no, I'm not planning to lament the pursuit of the almighty dollar or even discuss the subject of materialism at all. In fact, I'm not talking about "wealth" as it's commonly understood, though I will...

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Rankings & Reclining, Privilege & Perception

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 11:07 AM


As a private school headmaster, when my email inbox is being inundated, it's usually a bad sign -- it means people are upset. Could be a minor matter -- for example, cafeteria food continues to be a hot issue even though I happen...

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Blind Spots and Boiling Points: Our Shortcomings As Parents and People

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 5:31 PM

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of watching my oldest daughter, Eleanor, perform in Houston Ballet's Nutcracker. It was, as my 9-year-old likes to point out, her first professional job. Technically she's right, they did pay her -- though her "salary" of $100 was quickly and substantially eclipsed by...

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A Different Four Questions

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 4:07 PM

One of the most well-known Passover traditions is the reciting of the four questions, typically sung by the youngest in attendance. Leaving aside the curiosity that none of what the children ask about has actually occurred at that point in the evening -- in fact, the questions used to take...

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Kosher Turkey: Traditions that Compliment - and Compete

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 6:30 PM

For the first time in over 100 years, and only the second time ever, Thanksgiving & Hanukkah will fall on the same day this year. (The last time was 1888.) To most Americans, this coincident timing isn't terribly interesting (assuming it's even known), which I completely understand. It's not like...

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Choose, Lose and Jews: A Commencement Address

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 2:56 PM

Consciously Choose

The Bible famously proclaims "Choose Life." Most interpretations of the verse focus on the word "life" -- its broader meaning and implications. But I'm more interested in the verb that precedes it: Choose. The text commends that we "Choose Life" -- meaning act with intention, rather than just...

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Lyle and Max: Pets Remembered

(6) Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 6:20 PM

Last week I called my brother Leon, who lives in Jerusalem, to wish him a happy birthday. As soon as he answered the phone, I knew something was wrong.

"Is everything all right?" I asked.

"Not really," he murmured in response. "I had to put Lyle to sleep."


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Growing Pains: A Dad's Struggle

(1) Comments | Posted January 19, 2011 | 2:12 AM

Bittersweet Sock

I suppose I should be proud. And to a large extent, I am. But -- and whether or not I should admit this, I'm not sure -- it also saddens me. A lot.

Dr. Friedman, who last prompted behavioral changes in my five-year-old daughter by some sort...

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Salhad Din: My Experience As Other

(7) Comments | Posted October 4, 2010 | 3:29 PM

There is no subject discussed more often in the Bible than that of the "stranger." For Jews, remembering our outsider and previously-subjugated status is so central that we not only recite the story of the liberation from Egypt during Passover, we also chant it every Friday night as part of...

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