Category - Education in Action

Remote Control: Online Teaching from Israel

by Rabbi Jeffrey Schrager One of the hardest parts of aliyah was leaving the schools where my wife and I had worked for a decade. These institutions had become part of our family, and our classrooms our home away from home. Imagine our delight...

My First Hebrew Test

An illustration from a Hebrew primer, “Sefat Yisrael,” published in Canada in 1961. The Hebrew caption reads “Todah Morah” (Thanks Teacher). Image courtesy of Hannah Pressman. By Dara Horn Why don’t more American Jews learn...

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...