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With all of its devastation and challenges, the past year shone a light on critical issues that many believe will, and should, deeply inform Jewish education beyond the pandemic. As continues to be evident from the contributions in this eJP series from leading figures, understanding our learners as whole people who need the benefits and support that good education offers remains a high priority for Jewish education. Whereas once many educators may have declared that the purpose of Jewish education was to make people more Jewish, we now hear that for Jewish education to be successful it must help to make individuals stronger versions of themselves and more integrated and influential members of the communities in which they live. What the following contributors emphasize is that whether it’s in classrooms, campsites, conference centers, or online, we are witnessing a Jewish education sector that has risen to the occasion of this pandemic, and in doing so also begun to pave a way for thriving Jewish education into the future.
Updated: Mar. 21, 2021
Established independently in early 2012 by Israelis living across the Netherlands, the Kehila Sunday school is a fascinating initiative. It meets biweekly to provide a Hebrew education to the children of Israeli expats. Whether they come from two Israeli parents or a mixed relationship, be it at home or at school, Hebrew will likely be the child’s second or even third language after Dutch or English. While some children will be able to both speak and read Hebrew, some might not be able to read it, while others might have very little comprehension of the language at all.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2016
When considering the state of complementary Jewish education, I am struck by the absence of conversation about the 800-pound gorilla sitting in front of us: the fact that our Jewish educators are largely untrained as teachers. There is a lot of lip service given to innovation, experiential education, differentiated learning and engagement. I read about the ecosystems of complementary education, the need (or not) to emulate the summer camp experience, the introduction of technology, and the role of families in their children’s learning. What I don’t read about is improving the quality of instruction.
Updated: May. 07, 2014
Leora W. Isaacs shares her reflections on a series of face-to-face and online conversations convened by JESNA to examine and improve complementary education in North America. She proposes that we build an ecosystem of Jewish complementary education and a network of change activists to energetically work for transformation and change of complementary education.
Updated: Jul. 17, 2013
ReFrame is an initiative of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary which has been operating over the last year and a half. Reframe aims to strengthen complementary schools, such as those housed in congregations, through the approach of experiential Jewish education.
Updated: May. 20, 2013
ShalomLearning combines the best of traditional Jewish religious education with innovative online learning activities to make Hebrew school more engaging for students, more accessible for families, and more effective for synagogues.
Updated: Apr. 29, 2013
This month's EdJewTopia brings you articles by three educators on Hebrew language education in today's complementary settings. Nachama Moskowitz presents Hebrew Through Movement, one piece of her system that turns the way we have traditionally taught Hebrew language on its head; Elliot Vasirub Glassenberg issues a clarion call for non-Israeli Jewish educators to step up their own Hebrew skills if we'd like to see the same from our students; and Michelle Konigsburg shares what can happen if your students are already learning Hebrew outside of complementary school!
Updated: Mar. 10, 2013
Builders of Jewish Education - LA, in partnership with Adat Ari El, has introduced an innovative, 3D online videogame called Virtual Israel. Combining the latest in education and gaming to transport young people back in time to Israel, circa 1912-1915 (then Palestine), players become new European immigrants, experiencing early life in Jaffa and historic Neve Tzedek, Tel Aviv's first Jewish neighborhood.
Updated: Mar. 05, 2013
The world of part-time Jewish education is changing rapidly. New models are emerging, both within congregations and beyond. A growing number of communities are engaged in initiatives to foster broad-scale improvement. And, national actors are accelerating their efforts to seed innovation and support local change. What can we learn from and what will be the impact of all this activity? Will today's alternative models become tomorrow's norm? What will this mean for children and their families, for institutions and communities, innovators and funders? JESNA is holding a series of three convenings for professional and lay leaders involved with complementary education to discuss these important questions.
Updated: Dec. 31, 2012
At this time of the year, non-profit professionals are working on raising funds and many of us are thinking about how to give our final contributions of the year. As we sort through the solicitation emails and letters, EdJewTopia brings you three articles (and some great tools!) that suggest how to teach the motivation to give and the capability to give wisely.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2012