By Dr. Gil Graff The Biblical Jacob, concerned about the approach of Esau with an armed militia, famously deployed multiple strategies to prepare for the encounter. Millennia later, the descendants of Jacob/Israel encounter a world of boundless opportunity and consider strategies for introducing successive generations to the wisdom of Judaism. Residential Jewish camp programs, Israel experiences and Jewish day schools are commonly referenced … [Read more...] about “And You Shall Teach Them Diligently”: Expanding the Ecosystem?
By Nancy Parkes I have read the reports and the responses. I have attended meetings and have discussed the findings of the Pew report with many of my colleagues and with experts in the field, all whom I would define as people who care deeply about the future of Jewish life in America. And, like many others, I am concerned about the Jewish future. But not in the way you may think. It is clear from the findings of the Pew Report that we … [Read more...] about One Educator’s Response….. on the Findings of the Pew Report and the Jewish Future
The Mayberg Family Foundation announces the third year of the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge (JEIC), a grant initiative designed to stimulate and reward innovation in Jewish middle and high school education in North America. During the past two years JEIC has funded and researched four new models for Jewish education created by talented educators, enabling them to field test paradigm shifting programs in Jewish day schools. JEIC … [Read more...] about JEIC’s Announces Third Year of Innovation Grants
By Maury Litwack The sweeping and surprising electoral results from last week’s election transformed the makeup of the U.S. Senate, overturned several gubernatorial races and introduced entire ideological shifts in state legislatures. People and pundits throughout the country are debating the factors that led to the Republican sweep, including economic issues and the President’s popularity, or lack thereof. What isn’t being discussed, … [Read more...] about Election 2014: What It Means for Jewish Education
By Sam Chestnut and Rabbi Lee Moore What do the Jewish community of Akron, Ohio and The Northern Cheyenne have in common? We each struggle with how to transmit our cultural heritage - and a sense of peoplehood - to our young people. When Jewish students from The Lippman School visit the Northern Cheyenne Nation in their homeland, they witness a people determined to remain in the land that is sacred to them. Northern Cheyenne prophets and … [Read more...] about The Lippman School and The Northern Cheyenne Nation – a Paradigm-shifting Educational Partnership