By Rabbi Reuven Greenvald When the Israeli cabinet voted to pull back the government’s pledge to build an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel, more than 10,000 campers and 2,000 staff and faculty were at 16 URJ camps across North America. As with other summer camps, the people who come to Reform Jewish camps experience something close to radio silence when it comes to news of the world. Mostly through policy, though sometimes because of poor … [Read more...] about How Summer Camp Helps Create Communally Engaged Jews
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By Julia Tecotsky “How was Eisner?” Despite this question’s well-intentioned and seemingly straightforward nature, it has been one of the most frustrating and challenging for me to answer. Ever since the beginning of my Eisner experience in 2007, I have struggled to accurately respond to this question, each year’s answer more dissatisfying and seemingly inaccurate than the next. What I have recently come to recognize is that I will never be … [Read more...] about Hineini: the Continuing Power of Eisner Camp
By Susie Wexler, Nancy Manewith, Leanne Nathan, and Cherene Radis In a large metro area that offers families with young children many early childhood educational options, is collaboration among preschool directors possible? Can the leaders of these early childhood organizations view each other as collaborators and not as threats? As participants in the Chicago Early Engagement Leadership Initiative (CEELI), we’re proof the answer is … [Read more...] about Can Competitors Become Collaborators? These Chicago Educators are Proof They Can!
By David Lewis and Rachel Margolis Something significant happened in Los Angeles on June 11th. The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), and Builders of Jewish Education - Los Angeles partnered to create a cross-denominational day of learning on transforming religious school education, “Ascending the Mountain of Innovation.” Nearly 150 invested registrants comprised of forty five religious school directors with their synagogue teams (including … [Read more...] about Ascending the Mountain of Innovation to Plant a Flag for a Thriving Religious School Education
By Julie Lambert, RJE [This is the tenth in a weekly series of posts from a coalition of institutions across the continent devoted to nurturing the emerging transformation of congregational and part-time Jewish education. The series is curated by the Leadership Commons at the William Davidson Graduate School of Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary.] How does a national organization harness the power of individual and autonomous … [Read more...] about Building Capacity for Change in Congregational Education through Communities of Practice