By Shuki Taylor A frequent question often surfaces in the organizational space I inhabit: “What makes this program / experience / initiative a Jewish one?” What makes this question complicated is that it assumes that there is a ‘non-Jewish’ baseline to what we do, and that through some sort of reframing or intervention we must make it Jewish, and that there is some sort of silver bullet that turns non-Jewish experiences into Jewish … [Read more...] about What Makes it Jewish?
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By Hannah N. Rosenberg If there’s one thing that we know about Gen Z, it’s that they have grown up in a customized world. Whether it’s a no whip, pumpkin spice, extra hot, non-fat latte or one-click shopping with Amazon, this generation of college students know a world in which information and services can be tailor-made to fit their needs and interests. … [Read more...] about Coffee and Customization: Bringing Jewish Learning to Generation Z
M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education has opened applications for the third Senior Educators Cohort. The M² Senior Educators Cohort (SEC) is a selective international training program for experiential Jewish educators. Open to educators with at least eight years of experience, SEC enables participants to articulate, refine and sharpen their practice by exposing them to theories and methods that serve as the foundations of … [Read more...] about Applications Open for the Senior Educators Cohort
By Yosef Gillers [This article is the third in a series written by participants in the Senior Educators Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education.] “I want to start composting at home. Can you help me?” I was asked this question over and over again during the summer of 2014 when GrowTorah started a gardening program at Moshava Ba’ir, a B’nei Akiva camp located in New Jersey. It was not a question that kids typically … [Read more...] about Cultivating Compassion and a Connection to Jewish Environmentalism in Modern Orthodox Day Schools
By Elyse Winick [This article is the second in a series written by participants in the Senior Educators Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education.] One of the great attractions of working with adult learners is that they come to learn voluntarily. The energy in the room is very different. It is affirmative and dynamic, and the anticipation is heightened. If only every learner were drawn to Jewish education like a moth to … [Read more...] about If You Build It, Will They Come? Cultivating Intrinsic Motivation in Our Learners