Teachable Moments in Jewish Education: An Informal Approach in a Reform Summer Camp

January, 2010

Source: Religious Education, Volume 105, Issue 1, January 2010, pages 26-44

Utilizing “teachable moments” within daily situations to impart knowledge and transmit values is a type of informal education. In a structured camp environment, such teachable moments may be integrated into the educational curriculum.

“Jewish teachable moments” may be used to address Judaism and Jewish Peoplehood holistically, as the educators and counselors guide the campers through the Jewish summer camp environment. This article examines the Jewish Teachable Moments method through a case study conducted at a Reform movement affiliated camp in Texas. Theoretical and pedagogical implications of the Jewish Teachable Moments method are discussed.

Updated: Sep. 01, 2013