By Nachama Skolnik Moskowitz A long-standing assumption at the heart of synagogue Hebrew education is that if our children learned to read English, it should not be that hard for them to learn to read Hebrew fluently. Yet, even with four years or more of “Hebrew school,” young … [Read more...] about How Hard Can it Be?
By Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal and Erin Bouchard We often hear, “I want my son to have a different religious school experience than I did growing up,” or “I want my daughter to like going to religious school.” These are common sentiments that synagogue lay leadership, clergy, and e … [Read more...] about Top Three Things We’ve Learned from 13 Years of Full-Time Educators
By Ana Robbins and Neshama Littman It all started when a parent complained to us, “My Jewish kid is picking his nose on the soccer field every day for $100 an hour. Is there something cool and Jewish he could do in the afternoons instead?" This can’t be too hard, we thou … [Read more...] about Learning About Sukkot at a Jewish Afterschool, Summer-Camp Style
Jewish Learning Venture’s ‘Whole Community Inclusion’ launched The Inclusion Specialists Network, a new professional development opportunity focused on educators who work in congregational schools to support students who need extra learning, behavioral and/or emotional support. … [Read more...] about Jewish Learning Venture Launches The ‘Inclusion Specialists Network’
By Melissa Cohavi, LMSW, MARE, RJE Israel education can be challenging to present to both young people and adults in the supplemental-congregational setting. Politics, the conflict, and all of the traditional ways into teaching about Israel are so loaded, and if the learner … [Read more...] about Another Lens Through Which to Look at Israel Education