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As Jewish professionals, we are expected to be able to teach the Torah we’ve learned – but rarely are we trained to do it well. At Kevah, we have years of experience running adult learning groups nationally, and we have developed a unique model that sees the educator as not just a content expert, but as a skilled facilitator who helps to create a 'group chevruta.' Transform the way you teach Jewish texts at the Kevah Teaching Fellowship in June 2017 in Berkeley, CA.
Updated: Jan. 25, 2017
What would happen, I wonder, if we did a better job bridging the academy and the community, convening spaces where greater interaction rather than token interaction becomes the norm? This is what CLAL, the National Jewish Center for Leadership and Learning, is attempting with a new initiative at the University of Pennsylvania that brings rabbis and academics together to create a bridge of ideas. That’s what I’m trying to do in the arena of Jewish education with a new initiative at George Washington University: the Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership. In the future we hope to develop new graduate degree programs in Jewish education, a distinguishing feature of which will be close partnerships with local and national Jewish organizations. A central tenet of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, where the Mayberg Center is housed, is engagement between researchers, educators and communities in which teaching and learning happens. We also plan to offer a certificate in Jewish literacy, aimed primarily at Jewish communal professionals, as the only “non-Jewish” university to do so. The center will convene annual conferences to tackle areas where integrating research with what’s happening in the trenches can change the way we live and work.
Updated: Jan. 25, 2017
The Characteristics and Practices of Long-term Adult Jewish Learners: New Perspectives on the Dynamics of an Adult Classroom
Within the larger domain of adult Jewish learners there is a smaller cohort that continues to study regularly over the course of many years. They have stayed motivated to learn until a point where the study itself becomes part of their lives and regular practice. As a result of their experience these long-term learners have a tremendous amount to say about what makes the learning important to them, how it took hold, and how it affects their lives. This dissertation is a qualitative study of these learners, drawing from their reflections to portray their day-to-day experiences in the classroom.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2016
Activists from Limmuds in the United States and Canada convened their first summit to establish a regional Limmud hub in North America. They voted to form a representative council comprised of members of each North American group and set up a 501c3, in order to advance regional development and support for local groups, and maximize pooled software and other systems. The initiative was launched as Limmud International celebrates its 10th anniversary. Held September 1-2, 2016, the summit was hosted by LimmudFest Atlanta + Southeast (SE), which immediately followed over Labor Day Weekend, at Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton, GA.
Updated: Sep. 11, 2016
The inaugural “Service Matters: A Summit on Jewish Service” will be held in New York September 15, 2016, bringing together a diverse group of professionals, social entrepreneurs, current and prospective funders, Jewish educators, and others working to engage people – especially Jewish millennials – in meaningful service through a Jewish lens. Speakers and sessions will explore innovations in service, how service relates to justice, how service relates to faith, the funding of service initiatives, and the overall state of the Jewish service field today. Presenters and session facilitators will include both Jewish and non-Jewish educators, nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, politicians, actors, and others who are both committed to service and have successes and challenges to share. The Summit will be followed the next day with a day of Service opportunities.
Updated: Jul. 06, 2016
Three Jewish Educators, Leaders of Innovation and Impact in the Field, Receive the 2016 Covenant Award
Three outstanding Jewish educators who are leaders of innovation and impact - and who by their very successes are pushing the field to take notice of the power of inclusive, creative education – are the 2016 recipients of The Covenant Award. Daniel Henkin, Director of Music at The Ramaz Upper School in New York and at Camp Ramah Nyack (NY); Rabbi Benay Lappe, Founder and Rosh Yeshiva of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva, Chicago; and Ilana Ruskay-Kidd, Founder and Head of School at The Shefa School, New York are the recipients of the Award, which is among the highest honors in the field of Jewish education.
Updated: Jul. 06, 2016
The Limmud Chavruta Project is delighted to present its third downloadable Chavruta study materials for Tikkun Leyl Shavuot. The Limmud Chavruta Project is a fresh twist on an ancient tradition – a broad selection of modern and ancient texts, in Hebrew with English translation, for you to explore with a partner or group. These pages contain six sources which address the theme of ‘Offerings’ – exploring the relationship between intention and ritual, God and scripture, and the ultimate value of making offerings. Each source consists of either one or two texts, plus some discussion questions to get the conversation flowing.
Updated: Jun. 01, 2016
Shrug off the “shoulds” of your grown up life and come back to a place where what you do for a living doesn’t define who you are, or how you live. A place where you’re never on your own, where play is important and a mid-day nap might just be the best way to spend the afternoon. Come back to the curious and courageous days of childhood. When every day held the mysteries of new friends, fantastic discoveries and audacious adventures. When we played with reckless abandon that left us with skinned knees that were always worth it. Come to Camp Nai Nai Nai, Waynesboro, PA -September 2nd – 5th, 2016, and be a kid again.
Updated: May. 15, 2016
Most everyone knows that Ashton Kutcher, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Nicole Richie, and a host of other celebrities are interested in Kabbalah, the mystical interpretation that’s part of Jewish tradition. But what about the young man who wants to learn the basics of Judaism because his fiancée is Jewish? Or the longtime seeker who’s curious to explore what draws her to our ancient faith? Or the grandparents whose daughter and son-in-law are raising Jewish kids – something the grandparents know nothing about? A Taste of Judaism® class may fit the bill perfectly – for them and for your congregation.
Updated: Apr. 20, 2016
When we talk about education in our congregations and synagogues, we often look at what is cutting edge, new, and different. Our institutions emphasize that the future of education must involve smart boards, WiFi, and swiping screens. I agree that we must offer innovative entry points for learning. Still, we cannot forget the most important aspect of learning: our peers. Paired study, or chavrutah learning, has been a part of traditional rabbinic text study for centuries. This form of paired learning acknowledges that there is not distinct roles of student and teacher. Rather, each partner in the pair teaches one another, and learns from one another. Together, they may analyze texts, question interpretations or arguments, and suggest different conclusions. Learning with – and from – someone else allows us to open up our minds to see something in a way that we previously were not able. We are taught In Pirkei Avot 1:6: Find for yourself a teacher, acquire for yourself a friend. Through chavrutah study, we come to understand and appreciate that our closest friends are our greatest teachers.
Updated: Feb. 17, 2016