Category - Education in Action

Creating Sacred Partnerships: Parents and...

By Rabbi Shoshana Nyer There once was an elderly Chinese woman who had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, while the other pot seemed perfect and always delivered...

Fair Compensation for Educators of Jewish...

By Janet Harris, Lisa Farber Miller and Marcy Whitebook Educators of our community’s youngest children are more than just teachers. In both the secular and Jewish context, early childhood education (ECE) educators occupy a deeply influential...

Jewish Adult Learning in the Information Age

By Rabbi Morey Schwartz The text being studied by the class describes a moment in history from long ago. A hand goes up, and a man in his mid-fifties is acknowledged by the teacher. Looking around at his fellow students, he extends both hands...

How to teach kids to support Jewish causes

By Jeffrey K. Salkin “Hey, Rabbi,” the bat mitzvah candidate said, “can I tell you about my mitzvah project? I’m raising money to help people join our synagogue if they can’t afford it.” I was impressed. And moved. And shocked. Why...

Israeli school builds cool classroom for...

By Abigail Klein Leichman Imagine the perfect classroom for kids with attention and learning disorders: bouncy chairs made from yoga balls, distraction-free décor, walled-off study/tutoring cubicles, desks on wheels and a touch of the...

Spark Questions from the Jewish Education...

Each month, we ask for Jewish educators to share their collective wisdom with us in response to a big question that other educators are asking. Using Viral Videos to Spark Deep Discussion: Have you used a trigger video or viral video to explore...

Need to Innovate? Let’s Go Back to Basics

By Susan Zukrow and Irene Lehrer Sandalow We’ve been fortunate to be involved in directing two groundbreaking initiatives in the Chicago Jewish community that seek to positively engage families with young children and families with children...