By Maayan Jaffe eJewish Philanthropy "The prevailing narrative of Hebrew school that is boring, ineffective and chases people away is not true anymore," says Anna Marx, project director for Shinui: The Network for Innovation in Part-Time Jewish Education. … [Read more...] about Project-based Learning Offers ‘Deeper and Better’ Way to Teach Judaism
Video: The Temple Isaiah Shira Class of 2014 year end project By Rabbi Nicki Greninger Rabbi Lawrence Kushner teaches that “Each person has a Torah, unique to that person, his or her innermost teaching. Some seem to know their Torahs very early in life and speak and sing them in a myriad of ways. Others spend their whole lives stammering, shaping, and rehearsing them. Some are long, some short. Some are intricate and poetic, others are only … [Read more...] about How the Creation of “Tracks” Re-invigorated our Religious School
By Dr Gil Graff In his superbly researched and elegantly written book, The Benderly Boys & American Jewish Education, Jonathan Krasner describes the vision and work of Samson Benderly and his "boys" in developing a progressive supplementary school model, beginning 1910. The "Benderly boys" were committed to what Benderly described as a double school system: "We must have a system of Hebrew schools which our children can attend after their … [Read more...] about Re-imagining Jewish Education in the United States: Lessons from a 20th Century Visionary
By Anna Marx From Jeffrey Schein, "Text Me: Judaism and Technology": “The experience of our family educators here in Cleveland is that parents are eager to explore the potential mindlessness of being shaped by technologies given the opportunity to do so in an environment with supportive parents and skilled facilitators. They are desperately eager for these conversations with other parents and scaffolded opportunities to explore digital … [Read more...] about If you have a New Model for Jewish Learning, then Share, Share, Share!
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