Category - Education in Action

How to Think About Transformative Jewish...

By Jon Levisohn When people describe Jewish educational programs as “transformative,” what do they mean? Some argue that “transformative education” is an empty bit of hyperbole that does not mean anything in particular. There’s no...

Jewish Fluency: Creating a New Culture

by Abi Dauber Sterne What’s the difference between the following two sets of questions? Who was the first Prime Minister of Israel?  What is the first of the Ten Commandments? Why has Israel always been important to the Jewish people? I...

The Leadership Difference: Honoring a Vision...

By Dr. Bill Robinson and Mark S. Young [This is the first in a weekly series “When and how does effective leadership make a true difference?” written by alumni, staff, and faculty of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education...

Setting the Bar High for Jewish Learning

by Lisa Exler Many day schools boast creative and innovative programs that excite students about Judaism and produce graduates who continue their affiliation with the Jewish community. Yet many of these same students and graduates cannot...

80s Klezmer Aerobics is the Next SoulCycle

By Rabbi Daniel Brenner 80s Klezmer Aerobics? It’s Yentl meets Cyndi Lauper meets Miami Vice. It sports circa 1989 Reebok Pumps on its feet and does Richard Simmons dance moves to Shayn vi d’levana. It has rainbow legwarmers and a Shvitz...

Building Bridges: Global School Twinning...

By Hagar Shoham Marko Lately, and for all sorts of reasons, the Israel-Diaspora relationship seems to be under continual review and re-evaluation as world Jewish leadership confronts the question of how to further the imperative to renew the...

Ten Inclusion Mistakes Even Good Educators...

By Lisa Friedman Inclusion takes intentional planning and hard work. Even the most seasoned educators will make mistakes from time to time. The key is to recognize that mistakes will happen. Our goal is to accept responsibility and grow in the...