Category - Education in Action

The Girls’ Tefillin Initiative

By Rhonda During kayitz 2016, Camp Ramah in New England took a number of steps to empower chanichot (female campers) and madrichot (female counselors) to try to do the positive mitzvah of tefillin in a pressure-free environment. With the help...

A Way Forward for Educators and Leaders in...

By Janet Harris, Denise Moyes-Schnur, Dawne Bear Novicoff, and Seth Linden As more communities around the country recognize both the need for, and potential of, Jewish early childhood education (as mentioned  in a previously published article...

Pardes brings together teachers across...

By Louise Szczerb At the start of the summer vacation, twenty four teachers, spanning grades 2-12, across denominations and from throughout the U.S., participated in the Aleinu Leshabe’ach II: Conference on Tefilah in Jewish Day Schools. The...

A Special Place for Recovery Steeped in...

By Lisa Lisser Several weeks ago, I was invited to participate in a weeklong immersion program for Jewish educators at Elaine Breslow Institute at Beit TShuvah in Los Angeles. Beit TShuvah is a residential rehab and recovery facility for Jews...

Special needs campers to publish a book

Campers take part in publishing a book at the YM-YWHA; photo via FaceBook By Cindy Davis When one thinks of summer camp, activities like swimming, sports and sing-alongs generally come to mind. While those are all important parts of the camp...

A camp tries to reinvent the Hebrew...

The official dictionary of the Swedish language, The SAOL, is adding a gender-neutral pronoun to its latest edition. By Julie Zauzmer When Zev Shofar, a 14-year-old from Takoma Park, started going to Jewish summer camp seven years ago, the...