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It is an increasingly common calculus among the millennial Orthodox. With day-school costs rising along with housing prices in neighborhoods within walking distance of many synagogues, plus a general social pressure to keep up with the Cohens, more and more families seem to be considering aliyah in part for financial reasons. “We call them ‘tuition refugees’,” said Chana Shields Rosenfelder, who lives in Beit Shemesh, Israel, and is a consultant for students with special needs, for whose families aliyah can be especially attractive.
Updated: Jan. 13, 2020
Proponents of building a “creative society” through educational innovation are calling for engaging learners in new modes of collaboration, problem solving, and original thinking. How might the enterprise of Jewish education contribute to this evolution in creative thinking and action? This article explores how “the Jewish sensibilities” can be adapted into a framework infusing Jewish “ways of seeing and being” into a vision of “Jewish education for a creative society.” The proposed conceptual framework aims to spark conversation, experimentation, research, and inquiry within the broader discourse of rethinking the aims of Jewish education for the future.
Updated: Jan. 07, 2020
When Jewish Sensibilities were formulated (2003) as a framework, it was not for the purpose of teaching Jews how or why to be Jewish. Rather, Jewish Sensibilities were a way for Jews to reflect on the Jewish content already in their lives; they also allowed practitioners in the field of health care to think about the Jewish patients and families they were encountering with greater comprehension and compassion. But of late, Jewish Sensibilities have been used in an “off-label way” to teach Jewish wisdom and codes of behavior to those who are unfamiliar with them. This article considers the efficacy of that strategy.
Updated: Jan. 06, 2020
The articles in this issue of Hayidion represent the balance between the old and new, sacred and profane embodied in Jewish history. The issue tells the story of the drive for innovation, an imperative in modern education that has gained strength on theoretical and practical levels in recent decades. It features efforts to learn from, adopt and adapt innovative programs and pedagogies from the larger educational universe. However, even as they adjust to shifting times, some authors advise caution, patience and planning around such changes.
Updated: Dec. 05, 2019
There have been several recent articles about the potential held by Social and Emotional Learning methodologies and power these have when combined with an overlay of positive values. While values education has become prominent in Jewish education, SEL is still somewhat novel and deserves more attention.
Updated: Nov. 20, 2019
How Middle Grades Teachers Experience a Collaborative Culture: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
The purpose of this research was to investigate the experiences of the teachers in a creative, instructional collaboration. This study yielded several observations. The first was that teachers can experience successful, high-level collaboration in which they perceive a sense of satisfaction, mutuality, trust, and growth. For five middle grades teachers in a private, Jewish day school, their satisfactory experience with collaboration was teacher-initiated.
Updated: Nov. 07, 2019
Many Israelis living in the United States long-term or for good struggle to find ways to help their children feel connected to their Israeli identity. One of the most important aspects of this identity is ensuring that their children can communicate in Hebrew — not just on a conversational level but on a deeper, emotional and cognitive level that often requires formal training. Previously, most options for Hebrew instruction were centered around religious observance and taught at religious Jewish day schools. But Israeli parents who feel alienated by the religious instruction typical of Jewish day schools are increasingly creating alternative, structured educational programs so their children can receive secular Hebrew instruction.
Updated: Nov. 06, 2019
This issue of Jewish Educational Leadership is devoted to giving voice to the internal life of Jewish educators – a voice with which other educators will identify as they read, and which non-educators should be familiar so that they understand one element of the complexity of what it means to be a Jewish educator.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2019
Citations are one of the ways that scholars engage one another in dialogue, debate, and discussion. As such, they represent a powerful way in which practitioners constitute themselves and others within a scholarly field. This article studies the citational practices of articles published in the Journal of Jewish Education over a 10-year period in order to discover how scholars have constituted the field of research in Jewish Education.
Updated: Sep. 25, 2019
“Saying Thanks: Dimensions of Gratitude” by Eliezer Schnall, PhD, Judy Sokolow, EdD, and Moshe Sokolow, PhD. is the latest of the Azrieli Papers, Yeshiva University – Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration’s ongoing series of monographs dedicated to the dissemination of the latest thinking in topics related to teaching and research in Jewish education.
Updated: Sep. 11, 2019