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R. Yehoshua ben Gamla’s innovation, which may have saved countless Jewish children from ignorance, has been the flashpoint for many minor internal conflicts. What do we do when the formal Jewish learning undermines long-standing family traditions? How do those with formal Jewish authority react when the families and the community seek to undermine that authority? The questions are not limited to religion, they extend to almost every aspect of life. Are schools to function as societal thought-leaders and change agents or is their mandate to maintain the norms and standards of its constituents and the community it serves?
Updated: Jan. 12, 2021
I feel a deep sense of joy and satisfaction having had the confirmation from longstanding educators with decades of experience what I have known since I started the Zehud Online Jewish School. Building school is building a community of parents and families. The whole ethos of our school is built and structured to support this end goal. Being online has taken us into their homes and hearts, and it is our privilege to treat that relationship with the utmost of care and delicacy.
Updated: Dec. 09, 2020
There are some things that families are uniquely positioned to do. They can pass down heritage and tradition in ways that can only resonate within the family unit. As shown in our Gen Z Now report — the largest research study of teens in North America — our youth are overwhelmingly positive about the family’s role in ensuring that which is important is carried forth from generation to generation.
Updated: Aug. 28, 2019
It is problematic when the primary focus is on process, the “how” of Jewish education, sidestepping the “why” and “what” questions. What does it mean to be an educated Jew in 21st-century America? What should the content of a Jewish education be? And why is the chosen content important in shaping the next generation of Jews? To return to the language of the marketplace, it’s not enough to consider how an educational program will prove enticing to learners without also asking what today’s learners need to master in order to become active participants in Jewish life.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2019
Once, we educated children; now we educate families. This change in focus holds true in Jewish education as well, as reflected in a recent series about family engagement in eJewish Philanthropy, which highlights the many ways that Jewish education is now understood to be a family endeavor. Whether in day school education, bar mitzvah preparation, or Jewish camp, an educator most effectively reaches the Jewish child by including the parent in that enterprise.
Updated: May. 15, 2019
Interested in encouraging your students to explore their Jewish roots? Are you preparing your students for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Check out this new Family History Project!
Updated: Feb. 13, 2019
They are mitzvot we do multiple times a day, throughout the year, or perhaps just once in a lifetime: davening, learning the entire Tanach, paying a shivah call, settling in Eretz Yisrael . . . . Often we know exactly how to prepare ourselves for success. But other times we may freeze in the face of the new or unknown. And even amid routine practices, on occasion we find ourselves acting by rote, lacking a freshness in our spiritual lives. To help navigate such moments, Jewish Action asked seasoned teachers and experts for guidance on how to work toward mastery in ten different areas—and in the process, how to become better Jews. Here are their answers.
Updated: Jul. 11, 2018
n a place where the Chanukah aisle at Target is tiny, like the kosher aisle in the local supermarket, Jewish parenting means being proactive. “Here in Portland, we constantly have to analyze and ask ourselves, ‘If it’s so hard, why am I doing it? Does Judaism really matter to me?’” It’s a question that many Jewish parents ask, and one that has brought three leading Jewish organizations together to help parents explore. Yaldeinu, the brainchild of The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, the Avi Chai Foundation, and the Kohelet Foundation, is an innovative leadership forum now halfway through its two-year pilot phase.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2018
The Early Childhood Institute at Hebrew College will hold its Eighth Annual Early Childhood Jewish Education Conference on Monday-Tuesday, December 11 and 12, 2017, at Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, in Newton, Massachusetts. The lens for this year's conference is 'People of the Book'.
Updated: Jul. 23, 2017
Jewish early childhood education is not only an entry point into Jewish learning for young children. Often, it also becomes a reentry point for parents: many adults disenchanted by Jewish life in their own youth (or simply lacking exposure to it) take a renewed interest in pursuing Jewish life as a family as their children are invited in through their school programs. This potential opportunity for the Jewish community is why we at the Leadership Commons are so invested in Jewish early childhood education. In this Gleanings, we explore how Jewish early childhood can ignite the fire of Jewish learning for children and their families.
Updated: Jul. 12, 2017