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Education is about communicating, and that requires the ability to listen, often to multiple voices. We want our students to be able to process that, but for them to hear their teachers, their teachers need to be able to hear them. The same is true for all the other communications which take place in our schools – between parents and teachers, between the principal and the board, between administrators and teachers, and more. When everyone is on the same team, or at least is able to have a respectful dialogue about how to move forward, then education can happen. This current edition of Jewish Educational Leadership, the first in our new format as an online-only journal, is dedicated to opening up the conversations. The articles included touch upon all the key players in schools – students, teachers, administration, parents, board members, and funders. There is much more to be said than what appears in the articles, and we invite you to join the conversation and share your thoughts as well.
Updated: Apr. 03, 2019
This Purim page includes everything you need to know about Purim: background information for the teacher, vocabulary, educational themes, activities, lesson plans, plays, and articles.
Updated: Mar. 06, 2019
While researching for her film Operation Wedding, Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov, a renowned Israeli filmmaker, witnessed first hand that Jewish solidarity can change the course of history. She found rare archives, interviewed former key KGB members, and uncovered a web of lies, rewritten facts, and political secrets. She found that the collective memory of the plight of Soviet Jews is fading and that there is little documentation. The Lookstein Center has created a collection of lesson plans and educational activities to complement these findings, and to teach the next generation that all Jews are responsible for one another and that every single individual can make a difference.
Updated: Dec. 13, 2018
New Lookstein Center Educational Challenge: “Countdown to 70” to Celebrate Israel’s 70th Independence Day
The Lookstein Center for Jewish Education of Bar-Ilan University, in collaboration with The AVI CHAI Foundation, is launching an exciting new educational project to celebrate Israel’s upcoming 70th anniversary. Educational challenges will be emailed daily to all individuals and schools that sign up, seventy tasks in total. These games will be accessible online for the duration of the celebrations and beyond.
Updated: Mar. 04, 2018
Ever since the institution of formalized prayer there has been anxiety about the impact of that decision. “When one makes his prayer fixed it is no longer a supplication” (Mishnah Berakhot 4:4). The implications are educational as well as theological. Educating to the formal structures of tefillah functions as an important gateway to socializing the student into an adult community of Jewish prayer, but the more we focus on that important element the more we constrain the individual expression and the internal prayerful experience. In the contemporary educational scene, this dichotomy often expresses itself as a lens of the school’s halakhic orientation. Read more about tefillah, in this issue of Jewish Educational Leadership.
Updated: Sep. 17, 2017
There is no automatic translation of Torah text study from an academic enterprise to a life-guide. I interviewed dozens, if not hundreds of students exiting elementary school all of whom wanted to demonstrate their proficiency in Talmud. They could recite the various opinions of the sages as well as a range of commentaries, but when I asked them to describe what they would do if they found a lost object in the hallway I was met with a glazed stare. That basic translation into real life had simply not been part of the learning. How many students have studied the laws of mourning but have no idea what to say when entering a shiva home? It is these questions that are at the core of this issue of the journal. How can we transform the classroom into a place of discovery that can help ensure that the student is not just covering the material and learning the information but is growing as a person on the path to healthy, Jewish adulthood?
Updated: Feb. 08, 2017
Jewish Educational Leadership invites articles for Spring 2017 Issue focusing on Tefillah. Tefillah is a challenge for adults – witness how many people struggle to make it to their synagogue, struggle to find meaningful moments when they get there, and struggle to pray when not in an organized prayer environment or in deep crisis. No wonder that the Rabbis called tefillah an avodah, a labor. Teaching students to engage in tefillah raises the challenge even further. The next issue of Jewish Educational Leadership is dedicated to addressing the question of how to address tefillah.
Updated: Dec. 28, 2016
The Lookstein Center is pleased to announce a four-day (June 19-22, 2017) intensive seminar designed to equip Jewish educators with knowledge, research, and resources to address the topic of academic Bible study. Participants will be rewarded with a rich program of text study, shiurim, and workshops designed specifically for Jewish educators. This fully funded program will be held at the Ramaz school in NYC, immediately prior to the popular YCT Yemei Iyun in Tanach and Jewish Thought. The program is led by Rabbi Dr. Joshua Berman (Academic Director) and Rabbi Dr. Zvi Grumet (Educational Director).
Updated: Nov. 23, 2016
This Purim resource page includes almost everything you need to know about Purim: background information for the teacher, vocabulary, educational themes, activities, lesson plans, plays, and articles
Updated: Mar. 06, 2016
Jewish Educational Leadership Invites Articles for Spring 2016 Issue Focusing on Teaching the Whole Child
Jewish Educational Leadership invites articles for Spring 2016 Issue focusing on Teaching the Whole Child. The last few decades have witnessed dramatic increases in the extra-curricular and co-curricular programming for students as schools extend their scope from being institutions of learning to institutions of fostering healthy development and growth. In this issue we focus on how classroom instruction itself can address the whole child.
Updated: Jan. 28, 2016