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?
Jewish Theological Seminary/JTS
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
JCC Association of North America, in partnership with the Leadership Commons, part of the Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary, has selected 21 JCC professionals to participate in its first cohort of the JCC Leadership Training Institute. The 21 middle-management professionals represent a diverse group of JCCs from across North America. They were selected from among more than 40 applicants, who were interviewed and recommended by … [Read more...] about JCC Leadership Training Institute accepts First Cohort
By Dr. Jeffrey Kress The year was 1995. Bill Clinton was President. Cutting edge technology consisted of the Sony Discman, Windows 95, the Power Mac, and AOL accounts. Full House went off the air (until its recent sequel!). Why this nostalgic journey back 22 years? In 1995, 1,400 Jewish youth in Conservative synagogues participated in a research project conducted under the auspices of the Jewish Theological Seminary by Drs. Ariela Keysar … [Read more...] about In Search of the B’nai Mitzvah Class of 1994 – 1995
By Dr. Bill Robinson and Dr. Jeffrey Kress At least since the publication of A Time to Act (1990), Jewish education has been operating in crisis mode. The findings of and reactions to the 2013 Pew study added fuel to this fire. We’d like to propose that we shift into opportunity mode. Innovative initiatives have been undertaken in secular education to promote thriving, or flourishing. These terms refer to the ability and opportunity to … [Read more...] about From Crisis to an Opportunity to Thrive: Announcing the Fellowship in Educating for Applied Jewish Wisdom