By Jennifer Gendel, Ed.D. Humans need to belong. It’s fundamental to our sense of self and our place in the world. As babies, we smile at our caretakers to make a connection, as middle schoolers, we search for the lunch table where our friends are eating, and as college students, we seek out sororities and fraternities to join. What does it mean to belong? The image above provides a visual representation of inclusion. I don’t know who … [Read more...] about Making our Kehillot a Place to Belong
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By Eileen Flicker, Ed.D. Recently, I led a webinar for USCJ entitled Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Jewish Educators. The idea for the webinar came when planning the 2018 USCJ New Directors Institute. My colleagues and I realized that while new early childhood directors were probably familiar with Developmentally Appropriate Practice, this was not necessarily true for new religious school directors. This difference created an … [Read more...] about Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Jewish Education
By Rabbi Joshua Rabin I am an unapologetic Chabad fanboy. In 2019, this hardly makes me unique. Ask any Jewish leader about effective tactics for engaging the under-engaged and little time will pass before the conversation turns to the ways in which Chabad is the most ubiquitous Jewish presence in the world, whether that includes asking men to put on tefillin, ensuring that a menorah is lit every Hanukkah at the White House, and or running … [Read more...] about Wait, Doesn’t Chabad Do That?
By Rabbi Joshua Rabin “Ben Bag Bag says: Search in it and search in it, since everything is in it.” Pirke Avot 5:22 When I worry about the Jewish future (spoiler alert: this happens a lot), I try to imagine that I am a historian of Judaism writing a paragraph about this era a thousand years from now. Sometimes, we can look at the debates of the moment and see them as urgent, and many times this is a good thing, because all transformative … [Read more...] about The Infinite Game of Jewish Life
By Barry S. Mael I have always been fascinated by characters in the Torah and the leadership lessons we can learn from them. Many of the most prominent personalities such as Abraham, Moses, Joseph and Jacob get much of the attention. However, I have always been very interested in Yitro, Moses’s father-in-law, the high priest of Midian who brings Moses’s family to the Jewish camp in the desert after the crossing of the sea and the battle with … [Read more...] about What Synagogue Leaders Can Learn from Yitro