Category - Opinion

Pursue Distinction: A Philanthropist’s...

By Manette Mayberg BS”D Distinction. It’s in the Jewish community’s DNA, and it has enabled our survival throughout the ages. We are a people scattered over all four corners of the Earth, and distinction is the unifier that has made our...

Finding the Good in Students

By Joel Lurie Grishaver In Pirke Avot, 1:15 we find this famous text. Shammai says: “Make of thy Torah study a fixed practice; say little and do much; and greet all people with a cheerful countenance.” There are a number of commentaries...

Teaching as Giving Credit

by Joel Lurie Grishaver Here is a very simple text that says a lot, more than we at first think it does. In the Talmud, Ta’anit 15b, we are told, One who teaches an idea in the name of the teacher who originally said it, hastens the...

Thinking in Moments

Part of a series by ARJE (Association of Reform Jewish Educators) voices on the topic of Jewish summer camp experiences. by Vanessa Ehrlich, RJE We must learn to think in moments, to spot the occasions that are worthy of investment…in...

Teaching as Intrepretation

Replica of Rashi’s Study at Beit Hatfutsot By Joel Lurie Grishaver One of my favorite texts of all times is Rashi’s comments on the first verse of the Torah. Rashi’s first comment begins “Rabbi Yitzhak said…” If you know a...

Stop Making Programs, Start Making...

Shabbat Na Kryshe at the Marlene Mayerson JCC By Jane Tuv What does community mean to you? When I became a mother three years ago, it became increasingly important to me that my family find opportunities for belonging. But as a Jewish...

Preparing for Camp

First in a series from Reform Educators from the Association for Reform Jewish Educators, ARJE. by Rabbi Stacy Rigler, RJE I have spent many of my summers since 1993 at URJ Camp Harlam. It has always been my “happy place.” As a...