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Last week, an official joint project was launched between the Shalom Hartman Institute (SHI) created by the late Rabbi David Hartman, who passed away in February, and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). The project is “an Israel Engagement Initiative” for Reform congregations across North America, beginning with 30 selected congregations in what is being billed as the first stage of the initiative.
Updated: Dec. 26, 2013
The campus of Kiryat Moriah in Jerusalem was the setting this past weekend for a three-day Limmud FSU Festival. Over 800 young Russian-speaking Jews from Israel and around the world attended the festival which was held in cooperation with the Jerusalem Municipality, the Begin Heritage Center and the Hashava Company. The program included more than 120 lectures and workshops on fascinating art, culture, philosophy, religion and more.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2013
As educators, synagogue rabbis frequently devote a great deal of time to teaching adults. Yet little empirical research exists about what they do. This study describes and analyzes the teaching of three congregational rabbis who have excellent reputations as teachers of adults. In particular, it focuses on how these rabbis incorporate personal stories into their teaching and examines the ways that sharing such stories is integral to their teaching approaches. Rabbis who use stories in their teaching potentially occupy a crucial place in the Jewish identity development of their adult learners. This study offers rabbinical seminaries recommendations for how to incorporate the results of the research into their curriculum.
Updated: Nov. 28, 2013
The city of Brest -- or Brisk, as it was known to its Jewish inhabitants -- recently marked the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Menachem Begin, former prime minister of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, with a ceremony and exhibition dedicated to his memory and his life's work. This came at the close of a packed week of cultural events organized by the educational project Limmud FSU (Former Soviet Union).
Updated: Sep. 01, 2013
I was one of the four that started Limmud in 1980 in Britain. British Jewry in that time was neither a dynamic, educated nor exciting community. It was nearly impossible to find learning for adults and the community was deeply divided between the different denominations, between different age groups and even geographically.
Updated: May. 16, 2013
Using portraiture, this study describes and analyzes the aims of rabbinic teaching of adults in a synagogue setting. The findings suggest that regularly facilitating learners' intellectual and religious development, democratically guiding their communities' evolution through an emphasis on learning, and collaboratively joining their congregants in shaping the construction of personal and communal Jewish narratives are central aims of congregational rabbinic teaching of adults.
Updated: Apr. 29, 2013
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies Announces Significant Tuition Grants to Masa Israel Journey Alumni
The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem recently announced a new initiative exclusively for Masa Israel Journey program alumni: significant tuition grants of up to 70% off for the 2013-2014 Year Program. These $4,000 Year Program tuition grants are available on a limited basis, and roughly parallel the amounts awarded by Masa Israel Journey to those eligible in order to help cover the cost of full-time study at Pardes.
Updated: Feb. 26, 2013
The Pearlstone Center will be holding its fifth annual Beit Midrash in Reisterstown, MD over the February 15 - 17, 2013 weekend. It is planned to be an inspirational Shabbaton filled with learning, celebration, and groundbreaking Jewish thought about 'Sacred, Sustainable Rhythms of the Jewish Calendar.' Join an intergenerational, pluralistic community of Jewish farmers, rabbis, educators, scholars and consumers from across the country.
Updated: Jan. 15, 2013
Larry Yudelson writes about the launching in northern New Jersey of iEngage, a program designed by the Jerusalem-based Shalom Hartman Institute to make Israel the topic of conversations about values rather than battles about politics. Eleven iEngage programs will be taking place in the area, most meeting on a weekly basis, and several bringing together rabbis and congregants from many synagogues. A total of 24 local rabbis are taking part. The program is being brought to northern New Jersey under a grant from the Adler Innovation Fund of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.
Updated: Nov. 05, 2012
Cnaan Lipshiz writes about Poland’s first Torah Trek, an adult summer camp that marries Jewish learning with hiking. The 14 Torah Trekkers stayed for five days at the remote southern Polish Kalatowki lodge, a mountain resort so isolated that it can be reached only by four-wheel drive. They held daily shofar sessions on the trail - a tradition in Elul, the Hebrew month that precedes Rosh Hashanah.
Updated: Oct. 10, 2012