Category - Opinion

The Future of the School Library –...

by Paul Shaviv Recently, I was approached by a Foundation dedicated to perpetuating the work of an internationally known, respected and very prolific historian, who passed away a year or so ago. The question was “How can we get X’s...

What I Love About Community Day Schools

Mary Itri, a fifth-grade general studies teacher at Stephen S. Wise Temple Elementary School, hugs one of her students after being named a 2012 Jewish Educator Award recipient. Photo courtesy of the Milken Family Foundation by Elliot Rabin As...

The Future of Jewish Day Schools

photo via Hannah Senesh Community Day School FaceBook page by Michael Steinhardt What does one say to a group of people who are committed to Jewish life? I’m more accustomed to speaking with groups not already committed and trying to find...

Meet Grandma, the Change Agent

by Ari Yares Let’s face it. Most organizations have limited funds available for professional development and growth. It doesn’t matter that the organization has the professional growth of the staff as one of its core values. It doesn’t...

Why we don’t want ‘strong Jewish...

by Clive Lawton Imagine, if you will, Jewish educational hopes in the 1950s and 60s. Back then, the Jewish world – unconsciously, no one talked about it – was still reeling from the Shoah. Israel was uncontroversial but hardly easily...

Anti-Semitism a growing concern on more...

by Arnold Samlan Universities are supposed to be places of learning and tolerance for the ideas and beliefs of others. But a new study finds just the opposite when it comes to anti-Semitism. The study, conducted by AMCHA Initiative, focused on...

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...

Leadership, Presence, and Authenticity

By Dr. Susie Tanchel [This is the second 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 of The Jewish...