By Beverly Socher-Lerner In “Can We Disrupt Religious School?” Cousens is distressed over supplementary Jewish education’s inability to “get that much done.” At the same time, she acknowledges the need to disrupt but stops short of saying how to do that. Here are a few places I think we could start: 1. Move away from a model where “getting it done” is a goal unto itself. Instead, let’s take seriously John Dewey’s articulation that the … [Read more...] about Can We Disrupt Religious School? – A Response
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By Betsy S. Stone, Ph.D. Liberal Jews have been batting the idea of Family Education about for decades. We are still struggling to understand what it is and why it matters. For the past two years, as a member of the teaching staff at Temple Sinai in Stamford, CT, I have been running a 6th-7th grade Family Ed project that is successful and well attended - and it’s all family ed, all the time! I work with these assumptions: that parents and … [Read more...] about A New Model for Family Education
By Ana Robbins In “Can We Disrupt Religious School?,” Beth Cousens argues poignantly that a revitalization of Jewish education in America will require more than a change in how we run our schools, it will require religious school to identify a new audience. A new audience? Who could Hebrew schools serve? The American Jewish community’s current model of religious schools within synagogues leaves an astonishing service gap. It does not … [Read more...] about A Response to Cousens
By Beth Cousens Part I: Religious school accomplishes "everything" - and also very little Philip Roth's Operation Shylock tracks a main character (named Philip Roth) through a long search for self in Israel. At one point, the character is kidnapped and kept in a dingy basement classroom in Jerusalem. The classroom helps him recall his religious school days, his experiences in Newark in the 1930s, and he states that "it" - this journey of … [Read more...] about Can We Disrupt Religious School?
By Deborah Fishman This week, more than 1,000 Jewish day school educators, lay leaders, and administrators are gathering in Philadelphia for the North American Jewish Day School Conference 2015: Uncommon Connections. With a tagline of “Schools, systems and success,” the conference set out to “unleash the power of the multiple systems that comprise our Jewish day schools.” What is this power, and how can it be unleashed? In a system where … [Read more...] about Uncommon Conversations at NAJDS 2015