The Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) will merge with the Reform Youth Professionals Association (RYPA), bringing into one organization all Reform Jewish professionals who engage and educate youth in synagogues, camps, and other Jewish entities. The merger will take effect this month, July 2016. The merger not only recognizes the value youth engagement professionals bring to the field of Jewish education and to Jewish life, but … [Read more...] about Professional Associations of Reform Educators and Youth Professionals to Merge
Jewish Education Today
By Eran Vaisben, Ed.D In 2008 I served as the Education Director at Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, California. It was my first year in this position and I was curious to know how my religious school students were learning at their elementary and middle schools in the morning, before attending my program in the afternoon. I called one of the local public school vice principals and asked to observe one or two lessons for a few hours. He … [Read more...] about Don’t Stand Idly By; Join the Education Tech Revolution
By Rabbi Maury Grebenau I have now been principal in two schools which, while both Modern Orthodox in denomination, had a student population from a wide range of Jewish religious backgrounds. At both schools, in addition to our Orthodox students, we had students who identified as Conservative, Reform and unaffiliated. Some families were even anti-religious in their outlook and were in the school to avoid the public school system, make sure … [Read more...] about Top 10 Lessons I have Learned as a Principal in Schools with a Broad Religious Spectrum
By Jeff Kiderman “Day schools ... are having trouble paying their bills. The problem is, the predominant sources of their income - parents - are having even more trouble keeping up with rising tuition.” “The Jewish community has virtually disowned those of us of moderate income.” “It has been said, only partly in jest, that the high cost of day school education promotes birth control.” If you’d assume, as I would, that … [Read more...] about The Tuition Crisis at 20: What Now?
By Anna Hartman “The voice of children learning (tinokot shel beit rabban) preserves the world; through these children, the world is saved.” Zohar, introduction, with parallel messages in Talmud Shabbat 119b The rabbis of the Talmud understood something about the magic of childhood. The fate of the world, they said, rests on the existence of children and their learning. The wonder of this learning is something adults lose sight of most of … [Read more...] about Betting on Jewish Early Childhood Education, Redeeming Our World