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
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 Nancy Parkes As a Director of Congregational Learning, I know the negative comments about synagogue schools all too well. Sometimes they are blatant comments made by adults who have limited or no knowledge of the changes that are happening in synagogue schools. Sometimes they are comments directed at the families, suggesting that they care less about their children’s education because they made the choice to send their children to a … [Read more...] about Changing the Negative Narrative of Synagogue Education
By Wendy Grinberg There is a lot of talk about changing the name, the times, the locations and the format of synagogue schools. But calling something experiential, changing the hours or even inviting the parents is not enough to make deep change in religious school. What is needed is a change in thinking. Is school the right model for what we are trying to do in our synagogue education programs? Why do they exist? There is a lot for … [Read more...] about When School Doesn’t Look Like School: Applied Judaism