By Linda Gerard, MBA and Rabbi Scott Aaron, PhD "The answer is not 'Build it and they will come'; it's closer to 'If they build it, they will come.'” CHIdush participant How has our world changed from the 1950s until today, and how have our synagogue schools changed with it? At a retreat in Chicago, synagogue educators, clergy, and lay leaders armed with Post-it notes mapped out the shifts across decades in family structure, technology, … [Read more...] about CHIdush: Sparking Change in Synagogue Schools Through Collaboration
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By Faustine Sigal It starts like a joke, or perhaps a text from the haggadah… A Russian, a Czech, an American, two British, an Uruguayan, an Argentinian and a French were sitting in the countryside, in the outskirts of Paris. The whole morning, they were discussing attributes of Jewish learning at Moishe House, until one of the colleagues said to them “my friends, we should write that and share it with the world!” A couple months ago, while … [Read more...] about Moishe House: (How) is our Jewish Learning Different from all the Other Jewish Learnings?
CASJE (Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education) has released a request for proposals (RFP) to promote research that can make a difference in how Jewish education is practiced. Three grants, up to $30,000 each, will be awarded to stimulate time-concentrated research that is clearly connected to one of CASJE’s areas of focus, and that will apply to the practice of Jewish education. Areas of inquiry currently supported by CASJE include: … [Read more...] about CASJE Releases RFP for Research That Will Contribute to the Practice of Jewish Education
By Nachama Skolnik Moskowitz Simon Sinek is a name familiar to many. His Ted Talk has been seen by almost 40,000,000 (wow!), his book Start with Why remains at the top of Amazon’s Business book list, and he’s the author of a website, numerous articles and videos. Over the years, I’ve read some of his work and watched him on YouTube, but it was a summer stroll that opened my heart to him. No, Sinek and I did not walk side-by-side. Instead, I … [Read more...] about The Gift of #OnwardHebrew
By Rabbi Shmuel Feld Culture change takes times, especially when accompanied by changes in practical systems and structures. People create dependencies on shared assumptions about systems that have worked well enough to be considered valid. To wit, our world could not instantaneously shift to electric cars despite the benefits. Among the many necessary transitions, first on people’s minds is: “How would all the current gasoline fueled cars on … [Read more...] about Gas or Electric Cars? Grades or No Grades in Judaic Studies? Shifting Paradigms