Retrospective on Hadar’s Day School Educators’ Institute with the Pedagogy of Partnership By Eli Savage In June, I was part of a cohort of 20 Jewish educators who participated in the Pedagogy of Partnership Track of Hadar’s Day School Educator Institute. This intensive week of inspiring personal and professional learning combines Jewish text learning, led by Hadar faculty, in a lively beit midrash setting with interactive training in the … [Read more...] about Moving from your Panic to your Comfort Zone
By Doron Kenter A few weeks ago, while reading My Jewish Learning, I came across a blessing that I hadn’t seen in some time. It goes as follows: Blessed are You, LORD, our God, King of the Universe, knower of secrets. Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha-olam, chacham harazeem. The blessing is recited upon seeing 600,000 Jews in one place - no mean feat today, and perhaps all the more so in the times of the Talmud (though there is some … [Read more...] about The Blessing Recited Upon Seeing 600,000 Jews in One Place: A Lesson in Perspective
By Rachel Gildiner
The secular year of 2018 was deemed the Year of the Woman by CNN and other national news outlets. Originally coined for the 1992 elections, when American voters elected more new women to Congress than in any previous decade, the moniker was reclaimed to give power to the Women’s March and #MeToo movement, emboldening and empowering female voices across America.
But as much as I’ve felt moved, lifted, and driven during the … [Read more...] about Let’s Make 5779 The Year of the Jewish Woman
By Dr. Hal M. Lewis I once heard a would-be politician address a campaign rally with the following quip: Every time I point a finger at someone else, he said, I still have three fingers pointing back at me. He lost his election and I never heard of him again, but I never forgot the saying either. While not the most profound observation ever uttered, it “points” to something we in the Jewish community should be thinking about all year-round and … [Read more...] about What’s My Piece of the Mess?
By Bob Leventhal In his book, The One Minute Manager, Dr. Ken Blanchard suggests we “catch people doing something right and praise it.” (The One Minute Manager Builds High Performing Teams: New and Revised Edition, hardcover, March 24, 2009) In my experience, most people will follow the example of their leaders. If leaders uphold a value, followers will pay attention to that value. For example, if we want active debate in meetings, leaders … [Read more...] about Becoming a More Positive Leader