By Mark S. Young “Come together, right now, over me.” The Beatles, “Come Together,” Abbey Road, 1969 The Beatles were at their most acrimonious point in the summer of 1969. John was finding a new path with Yoko Ono; Paul sought more control of the group, while the others resisted; George was fed up with only two tracks per record; and Ringo was sick of all the fighting. But despite the anger and frustration, the Beatles came together to … [Read more...] about Come Together for the Jewish Future: the Leadership Commons
Jewish Theological Seminary/JTS
The Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute - Southeast (JELI-Southeast) is a new leadership program designed specifically for emerging professional leadership who serve Jewish communal organizations in smaller Southeast communities. A program of the Leadership Commons of the William Davidson School of JTS, JELI-Southeast will focus on content in the areas of leadership practice, personal growth, Jewish learning, and community building, … [Read more...] about Announcing the Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute for the Southeast (JELI-Southeast)
By Dr. Bill Robinson There is a new paradigm shift emerging in the field of Jewish education. It is one predicted in 2013 by my teacher and colleague, Dr. Jonathan Woocher (z”l), who wrote: Twentieth-century Jewish education was designed to answer the question, “How can we ensure that individuals remain ‘good’ Jews, even as they become good (and successful) Americans” Jewish education must respond to a subtly, but significantly, different … [Read more...] about Jewish Education to Help Us Thrive
By Dr. Bill Robinson "How can we help Jews draw on and use their Jewishness to live more meaningful, fulfilling, responsible lives?" Jonathan Woocher (z”l) in Rabbi Sid Schwarz’s Jewish Megatrends I believe that we stand at the cusp of a new era of revitalized Jewish living and learning. We see this in the emerging forms of intentional spiritual community. We hear this in the voices of children as they make sense of Jewish texts and rituals … [Read more...] about Thriving, Flourishing, Covenantal Community, Intentional Spiritual Communities, and Positive Judaism: How To Lead In An Emergent Movement?
By Dr. Abby Uhrman and Dr. Jeff Kress The issue of inclusion of learners with disabilities, cognitive and learning disabilities as well as physical, is central to our work at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education-JTS. Not only do we see a pressing need and dearth of research on the topic, we also recognize the tremendous potential that such work has to transform the field of Jewish education. From the incredible inroads … [Read more...] about Learners with Disabilities in Jewish Education: Addressing an Important Need