Category - Education in Action

A revolutionary Jewish Wilderness Program

By Eliav Bock At Ramah in the Rockies, we have successfully created an oasis where Judaism is lived, taught, and celebrated for eight weeks each summer.  But when we close in August, our ranch sits dormant waiting for the following nine...

Teaching Jewish History

By Micah Lapidus This is something of a rant. But it’s not truly a rant because I do try to arrive at some resolution by the end. Still, I need your help. Jewish History. Part I: The Challenge Teaching it is MUCH more complicated than I ever...

Teaching pupils to become Streetwise

By Charlotte Oliver When it comes to secular and Kodesh studies, mainstream Jewish schools are considered first-rate, ensuring their pupils leave at the age of 18 intellectually primed for the outside world. But who out there ensures that...

Our Not-So-Secret, Secret Recipe

In our last post we argued that flashy uses of technology alone will not get students to learn material in a deep and meaningful way. This sentiment begs the question, what does? How can online Jewish studies elicit real thought, reflection...

Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan:...

By Benjamin Mann, Head of School This week, Philip H. Knight, the co-founder and chairman of Nike, announced a $400 million to Stanford University to bring graduate students from around the world together to solve intractable problems. At...

How do we know when Jewish education is...

By Saul Kaiserman For the past several years, I have been writing about the philosophy underlying my work in congregational education in annual cover-articles for the Temple Emanu-El bulletin. This is what I wrote for Vol. 88, No. 5. As always...

Service­-Learning in a Day School...

By Elana Shapiro Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Benjamin Franklin (1706­-1790) Community service has long been recognized as an authentic expression of the Jewish values of tzedakah (charity), tikkun...