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Coinciding with Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, the Marcus JCC of Atlanta’s Lisa F. Brill Institute for Jewish Learning offers inclusive education classes through the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning virtually via Zoom.
Updated: Apr. 20, 2021
One of the most important things Jewish educators can do is model life-long learning. Using the summer months to invest in yourself as a learner and as a professional is an effective way to grow as an educator, deepen your impact on students, and remain inspired! See below for more information about Pardes’ various summer professional development opportunities.
Updated: Apr. 13, 2021
This installment from Jewish educators–covering adult education (for the first time), day schools, and early childhood education—serves as both a reflection on the last 12 months in Jewish education, as well as a moment to pause and imagine what the future of Jewish education might look like moving forward. In many ways it is this challenge that has embodied the heroics of Jewish educators in the last year—being on call to serve the immediate myriad crises that the pandemic presented on a daily basis, while simultaneously, or at least in parallel, ensuring that the “new normal” of Jewish education would be an enhanced and improved version of its pre-pandemic state.
Updated: Mar. 22, 2021
For many years, I’ve been involved in planning adult education programs for our community in Stamford. When the coronavirus exploded on us earlier this year in March, we were forced (as were all other communities) to immediately make alternate plans for the programming that we had in place. The Shabbat scholar-in-residence weekends we had booked had to be cancelled, of course. However, we thought we might be able to pivot—and continue to offer the regular weeknight shul classes and the onetime weeknight guest scholars online via Zoom (a technology that I had heard about pre-COVID, but admittedly never had used before March).
Updated: Jan. 11, 2021
This year’s digital version of the Limmud Festival attracted record participation as the cross-communal event celebrated its 40th anniversary. More than 3,800 people bought tickets but organisers calculate that once multiple viewers on screened sessions were factored in, the number of participants reached 5,000.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2021
The passing of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks zt”l leaves thousands if not millions of people of faith — Orthodox and non-Orthodox, Jewish and gentile — mourning their teacher and source of inspiration. Everyone is unique but some of us, just a few, are irreplaceable. I doubt whether anyone can fill Rabbi Sacks’ oversized role in this world. In this age of disbelief, Rabbi Sacks improbably achieved great success in projecting an uncompromising pride and confidence in the wisdom of Jewish tradition, motivating non-affiliated Jews to come closer to tradition, inspiring faith in people across all nations and religions, and achieving respect for his global message of the societal importance of family, community, morality and religious faith.
Updated: Nov. 15, 2020
Take a deep dive into the art of crafting and facilitating an interactive text study for adult learners! Learn practical skills, workshop, and teach your newly designed session! Participate in the Pardes Online Adult Educators Bootcamp this winter break (December 27, 2020 – January 3, 2021) and transform the way you teach Jewish texts!
Updated: Nov. 04, 2020
While many fine institutions exist to teach Torah to the next generation of Jewish leaders, rarely are these scholars taught how to teach the Torah that they have learned. Despite the lack of teacher training, Jewish professionals are simply expected to be able to teach Torah well. Pardes institute believes that a significant increase in the number of highly-trained Torah teachers has the capacity to radically change the Jewish community’s relationship to its spiritual and intellectual heritage. Through this teacher training bootcamp (June 21-July 2, 2020), Pardes aims to significantly improve the quality of adult Jewish education in the North American Jewish community.
Updated: May. 13, 2020
In the past few weeks, thousands of people around the world, who were only marginally connected to Jewish learning, if at all, have attended online classes. They are homebound, in desperate search for connection, intellectual stimulation and safe activities. We have a whole new population of learners who has joined the ranks of those who already participated regularly in classes. When life goes back to normal and people are allowed to leave their homes, go to work, etc., what will happen to those students? Will they turn around and say “thank you, this was great, but now I can go back to what I did before?” Or will they have experienced something that has deeply touched their souls and from which they can no longer move away? Will these new learners join our in-person classes? Or will they expect online learning options? What offerings will we, educators, need to create for them?
Updated: Apr. 30, 2020
Most of us learned content through lecture, and demonstrated mastery by writing papers. In other words, through modeling plus drill and practice, we learned to create well-structured, interesting talks. Despite deep praise for chevruta, i.e., learning in pairs or small groups, no one showed us how to proceed. For three decades, as both student and teacher, I have been chasing this esoteric knowledge. Today, I would like to share some of what I caught — one possible method of teaching text through discussion.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2020