The Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies has released the "2012-13 Israel Studies Report and Directory." The Report and Directory builds on the work of previous directories through inclusion of aggregated course enrollment data and identification of faculty. A key change is the recognition and addition of upper-level Hebrew language courses as Israel-focused. The Directory this year documents three important findings about the field of … [Read more...] about Newly Released: Israel Studies Report and Directory
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By David Steiner This article is for directors of education, those people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make the next generation of Jews worthy of the proud traditions of our people. At this time of year, while you are thinking about family services during the days of awe and school openings and curriculum nights, please try to leave room in your overflowing brains for some of the most important ideas behind our work. School is … [Read more...] about Three Thoughts for Jewish Educators as We Start the New School Year
Aish HaTorah NY and the Union for Reform Judaism Find Common Ground with Bring Israel Home By Naomi Abelson and Rabbi David Markowitz We’ve heard the story before: a young woman goes on a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip and returns home with fun stories and an iPhone full of pictures. She also returns home energized and enthusiastic about the new friends she’s made and the knowledge she’s gained about Judaism and Israel. She’s questioning how … [Read more...] about Strange Bedfellows
What does a more perfect Jewish world look like in the eyes of the Conservative Movement? And how does that world intersect with and influence the broader world? [This essay is from "Philanthropic Priorities in Light of Pew," reprinted with permission from Contact, a publication of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life.] By Rabbi Hayim Herring The Reform and Conservative Movements are accidents of history and will disappear within 50 … [Read more...] about Ready to Prove a Prediction Wrong?
By Cantor Mary Rebecca Thomas When I was ordained a cantor in 2011, I never imagined that leading a congregation’s young adult group would fall within my professional portfolio. I’d never taken the much-lauded community organizing class and I didn’t think informal education was my thing. (In retrospect, it would have been great to have developed community organizing and informal education skills in advance.) As a part-time assistant cantor in … [Read more...] about The Porch: It’s Southern, It’s Open, and It’s Jewish