Category - Education in Action

Tzimtzum: How we strengthen one another

By Jeremy J. Fingerman Years ago, a boss of mine assembled a large group of employees and challenged us with one sentence made up of 10 two-letter words: “If it is to be, it is up to me.” To be sure, I fully understand and appreciate the...

My First Day at Prizmah

By Elissa Maier Today is your day. You’re off to great places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. I can’t help but think about this quote as I...

Pedagogy of Partnership and the Power of...

By Orit Kent and Allison Cook What do we mean by teaching and learning? What do (we want) people (to) learn? And how do they learn both subject matter and values, ways of being in the world? We asked Orit Kent and Allison Cook, co-founders of...

Beshert moment for a new Mikveh guide

By Lisa Lisser A friend asked me to chant haftorah a few weeks ago for her daughter’s bat mitzvah. It was the haftorah for parasha Bechukotai. Of course I said yes. I always do, but this was special because it was also my bat mitzvah...

Why Jewish Education Cannot Fade Away

Photo from Affordable Jewish Education Project By Robert Victor, 8th grade student at Hillel Day School I bet at one point you have been asked, “What are the necessities of life?” Your response most likely sounded like this: “Food, water...

Teaching teenagers about Israel

United Synagogue youth group Tribe on an Israel Experience tour By Simon Rocker If you take participation in summer schemes as a yardstick, British Jewry’s bond with Israel remains strong. Every year, around half or more of UK Jewish...

Playgrounds No Longer in Sync with Our...

A render of what a natural playground might look like. Artist: Alex Ricketts; screen-capture indaily.com By Gabe Goldman All parents learn three “truths” about playgrounds early in parenthood. First, they learn that playgrounds differ very...

From Surviving to Thriving: The Coming...

By Bill Robinson [This is the twelfth 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...