by Andrea Rose Cheatham Kasper I was sitting in the synagogue during my older brother’s Bar Mitzvah listening to my dad’s speech. Although we have it somewhere, printed out by an old printer on perforated sheets, I don’t need to read it to remember my dad’s most striking piece of advice, “Learn to make something with your hands.” It is this line that has remained a connecting thread through so much of my life and which has also been repeated … [Read more...] about Hands-On Education: Where Jewish Education Comes to Life
by Peter Eckstein In the past few weeks two articles were posted in The Jewish Daily Forward about how technology will not usher in the messianic age, at least when it comes to Jewish education. In "Digital Learners Can't Do It On Their Own", Barry Joseph explains how the human factor - the role of the teacher - is crucial in the process of education, despite the rise of the machine. In "Technology's Limitations in Education", Rabbi Barry … [Read more...] about The Wisdom of Technology
by Marla Choslovsky Last month my 18-year-old son competed in Division 2 of the National Scrabble Tournament in Orlando, Florida. At this event, 339 players of all ages vied in five skill-based divisions. Competitors were matched 31 times over five days, with results and pairings refined after each round of play. Scrabble contestants use a clock to monitor a fixed amount of time to allocate to their plays, and skill levels are tracked with an … [Read more...] about Cultivating New Donors: Game, Set, MATCH!
by Aryeh Ben David Imagine: a diverse Jewish community whose individuals - feel confident, passionate and whole in their unique qualities believe in their God-given roles to create a better world work in harmony with others to reach a larger goal Imagine this community of individuals collaborating like a symphony - each playing a different instrument in harmony with others. How do we build this Jewish orchestra? It cannot … [Read more...] about A Jewish Educational Manifesto, Part Two: Dreaming Large
by David Wolkin An interesting experiment in professional development for Jewish educators will take place in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend. Within the context of Limmud Atlanta + Southeast’s annual LimmudFest at Ramah Darom, we’ll be bringing together a cohort of Jewish educators from across the institutional and denominational spectrum for the launch of the Limmud North America Community of Educators. Over the weekend, this group will spend … [Read more...] about Reflecting on the Launch of the Limmud North America Community of Educators