By Dina Rabhan The recent article by Stanford University’s Ari Y. Kelman introducing the report, The Future of Jewish Learning is Here: How Digital Media are Reshaping Jewish Education, was simultaneously heartening and demoralizing. It was heartening because it finally shined a spotlight on a vital truth that the Jewish community must know and understand with certainty: learning has entirely changed in the 21st century, and most dramatically … [Read more...] about Introducing the Future of Jewish Learning: A Response
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By Deborah Court How can Jewish day school leadership be re-imagined, revitalized, re-energized and repaired so that schools can find the educational leaders they are so desperately seeking? More than 2,000 years ago, Aristotle wrote that there are "five states of mind by which we reach truth ... These are science, art, practical wisdom, intuitive reason, theoretical wisdom; of these the first, fourth and fifth are concerned with knowledge … [Read more...] about Reimagining and Reenergizing the Jewish Day School Leadership Ecosystem
By Rabbi Joshua Fenton Every day at 1:45 pm the announcement is made in the Edah afterschool program, “Ha Misada Petucha” (the restaurant is open). The Misada is part full-service restaurant, part immersive language learning space, and it hums with activity each day as children sit at the counter and order something to eat. The walls are covered in placemats from Israeli restaurants. A menu is posted each day using images of foods rather … [Read more...] about Ivrit Where It Counts
By Jody Passanisi Coming back from this year’s Prizmah Conference in Atlanta, GA, it is clear that the future of Jewish education is in the hearts and souls and on the minds of an incredible group of impressive educators; educators that put students at the center, who make it their mission to learn for the sake of learning, to be open to what’s next, to listen and respect the dignity of others, and who are daring to dream. The dream theme of … [Read more...] about Ten Reasons to Send Your Student to a Jewish Day School
By Rabbi Zalman Loewenthal with contribution by Lubavitch.com Zachary Shapiro, 10, looked out from the stage to his family in the crowd. His hand hovered over the buzzer. The questions came fast, and he was ready: What are the names of the Hebrew months of the year in sequence? What blessing do you recite over freshly squeezed orange juice? What are Maimonides’ Thirteen Principles of Faith? “He studied hard for this,” his mother, Bella, … [Read more...] about Are You Smarter Than a Jewish Fifth Grader?