by Lisa Gersten What if the bar or bat mitzvah signaled a teen’s entry into an ongoing gathering of Jewish peers led by an inspiring mentor who helped them discuss the very real challenges they face in their everyday lives? What if a teen’s bar or bat mitzvah signified the m … [Read more...] about Re-Imagining the Coming of Age Journey
Archives for August 2013
Reflections on Pushing Emerging Israel Educators Out of Their Comfort Zone by Ofra Backenroth and Alex Sinclair “We saw Israel-Diaspora relations up close when we interacted with [Israeli] teachers and students, and this was a very valuable exercise. It wasn't always easy and I … [Read more...] about Reveling and Unraveling in The Face of Israel’s Complexity
The American Jewish education enterprise must shift its thrust from cultivating good citizens of the Jewish community, ostensibly prepared to sustain its growth and perpetuation, to cultivating good Jewish citizens of the world, who are able to contribute to the progress and … [Read more...] about Cosmopolitan Jewish Education for the Jews Next Dor
As Operation Dove's Wings draws to a close, a first look at the 450 new Ethiopian olim who have come home. The oldest oleh is 87 years old and the youngest is 16 days old. Almost 50% of the new immigrants are under 15 years old. … [Read more...] about And We Have Touch Down!
We are approaching the High Holiday season; Rosh Hashanah is “early” this year - just a week away. At this time of year we both celebrate and contemplate the meaning of life, in general, and the meaning of our individual lives and our relationship with others, in particular. An es … [Read more...] about The Tshuvah Process in Jewish Communal Organizations