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
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By Stephen G. Donshik Dr. Jonathan Mirvis has just released a very exciting book, It’s Our Challenge: A Social Entrepreneurship Approach to Jewish Education. Its most surprising aspect is that it has implications not just for Jewish education providers but also for all Jewish organizations and their professional and volunteer leadership around the globe. Dr. Mirvis, who is a senior lecturer at The Hebrew University’s Melton Centre for Jewish … [Read more...] about “It’s Our Challenge” Is Not Just for Jewish Education: A Review
By Jane Taubenfeld Cohen “Help me write my letter of resignation.” “I don’t think I can do this anymore.” “Can you talk? I am dying” Last week, I received these three text messages from three different, very talented leaders. All within the span of 20 minutes. And so I ask: What is going on with our field? Is the job of Head of School doable? Why do leaders, many of whom are in their first 5 years on the job, feel so lost, … [Read more...] about 20 Minutes
By Rob Weinberg I love building furniture. When I open my toolbox, I know I’ll find just the right tool for the challenge before me, the implement that will make an otherwise difficult task just flow. And I find joy as I apply the wisdom that’s channeled through the tools and methods I’ve inherited and a beautiful piece of furniture grows before my eyes. In my day job, I help synagogue leaders to re-imagine their congregations’ approaches to … [Read more...] about Ready to Experiment with Your Congregation’s Educational Program? Open The Toolbox!
Three outstanding Jewish educators who are leaders of innovation and impact - and who by their very successes are pushing the field to take notice of the power of inclusive, creative education - are the 2016 recipients of The Covenant Award. Daniel Henkin, Director of Music at The Ramaz Upper School in New York and at Camp Ramah Nyack (NY); Rabbi Benay Lappe, Founder and Rosh Yeshiva of SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva, Chicago; and … [Read more...] about Three Jewish Educators Receive the 2016 Covenant Award