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Jewish federations launched with a focus on the vast human service needs of an immigrant population and in support of Israel and global Jewry. Soon after, Jewish education also received support from Jewish federations, although its leaders could sometimes feel as though they were last priority. But as Jews and Jewish life have changed and as Jewish education has transformed, so have Federation priorities. Today, Jewish education and engagement is the cornerstone of federation work.
Updated: Feb. 13, 2019
We look at the new Jewish education ‘laboratory’ at the Kaplen JCC midway through its inaugural year. Starting a school — going from the daydream to the absolute reality of actual ninth-graders looking at you expectantly one September day — is an extraordinary achievement. You get to shape students’ lives. That’s what Tikvah Wiener of Teaneck did with the Idea School, a new Jewish high school whose freshman class started in September. The school’s set at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly; the intergenerational programming inside the building and the wooded acres outside seem a necessary part of it.
Updated: Jan. 16, 2019
As the rhythm of the Jewish calendar transitions from a month of self-pity (Av) towards a month of self-assessment (Elul), Jewish schools should follow a similar path. As a teacher, a counselor, and as a student, I have been incredibly fortunate to be a part of schools and organizations that have internalized this message and the difference is palpable.The concern quickly shifts from one of greatness as defined in traditional tems (class size, placements, etc.), to one of greatness as defined more innovatively (impact, advocacy, empowerment etc.).
Updated: Sep. 02, 2018
ARTS EDJE Institute reflects innovations in an emerging trend of commitment to the ARTS in Jewish Education at SAR Academy. The theme for our seminal conference is: Nurturing Excellence: The role ARTS Education has on developing high quality student work and how to nurture that engagement and commitment to excellence. At ARTS EDJE Institute, on November 13, 2018, we will offer diverse approaches to engage with the ARTS through distinct ARTS disciplines, ARTS classes and experiences for your personal inspiration, thought-provoking keynotes, guided time to concretize your work in the ARTS back home, and opportunities to informally network with colleagues across the nation.
Updated: Jul. 16, 2018
Over 100 yeshiva high school limudei kodesh educators participated on June 12-13, 2018 in the First Annual YHShare Conference. YHShare was a groundbreaking forum for sharing innovative pedagogic and curricular ideas that was organized by the Torah Educators Network (TEN), a new organization that serves Jewish educators from coast to coast in ways that their schools cannot do independently, including increasing the benefits offered to teachers.
Updated: Jul. 11, 2018
Welcome to the June 2018 The Jewish Educator, containing artcles written by your colleagues. For this issue, we asked for articles on the following topics: 1. As we approach the High Holidays and new beginnings, share changes and exciting ideas you institute in your classroom, in your professional development, or in the climate of your school. 2. With today’s overprogrammed students and overcommitted families, share creative ways of keeping children, with the support of their families, in school and engaged in the learning process.
Updated: Jul. 04, 2018
Being a classroom teacher can be an isolating experience. You may not know where to turn for new ideas and wish there was a way you could benefit from the experimentation and expertise of others in classrooms like yours across the country. Fortunately, in the past few years, Jewish day school educators have been able to find networks designed to incubate and spread ideas and practices. As a network-weaver working at the AVI CHAI Foundation, I have an interest in understanding and documenting these networks, which could range from organized programs, such as the JDS Collaborative, for which I serve as program officer at AVI CHAI, to a much less formal Twitter chat. Let’s look at what these networks are, which ones are more likely to scale through successfully spreading ideas, and why.
Updated: Jun. 27, 2018
What does it take to nurture small successes into larger successes in Jewish education? Often, we take a program or initiative that works well in one setting (say one particular synagogue school or JCC) or city and attempt to replicate it elsewhere, yet it fails to flourish. Yet there are, in fact, numerous stories of scaling success in Jewish education, with strategies that illuminate how this can be done. This issue of Gleanings aims to shed a light on these stories and strategies, with the hope that you are inspired to apply within your particular site or area of Jewish education.
Updated: Jun. 27, 2018
This year's Jed Network meetup will include topics you are passionate about and a chance to hear selected participants reflect and share their successes and challenges with EdTech in Jewish education. We also are planning a Jewish education vendor playground and a giveaway of some pretty cool swag.
Updated: Jun. 20, 2018
The use of games in education is not a new phenomenon, but in recent years it has caught fire. A 2016 survey found that the number of teachers using games and online apps in their classrooms had doubled in six years. Games are taking off in Jewish day schools, too. To proponents, the advantages are manifold, from promoting collaboration and problem-solving skills to reducing fear of failure, as students learn organically from their own mistakes much as they improve at video games with repeated play.
Updated: Jun. 13, 2018