Category - Opinion

Teachers: A Jewish Day School’s Most...

By Susan Kardos In a recent eJP post, Dr. Erica Brown gracefully laid out an 18-point agenda for Jewish education. Among the important ideas she put forth was the idea that “We need more great teachers. And we need to celebrate the ones we...

We Have a Problem – Israel

By Steve Freedman As exquisitely expressed in the Torah, Israel has inextricably been integral to who we are and why we exist. There is a direct and clear connection between the land, God, and how we should act. This can be found in texts from...

An “Ed” Talk Can Elevate your Annual...

By Heschel Raskas and Adinah Raskas Those of us who are committed to Jewish day schools know that each year we will attend the annual dinner of the school. The dinners are an obligation, a fundraising, advocacy evening that usually are not very...

Jewish Education to Help Us Thrive

By Dr. Bill Robinson There is a new paradigm shift emerging in the field of Jewish education. It is one predicted in 2013 by my teacher and colleague, Dr. Jonathan Woocher (z”l), who wrote: Twentieth-century Jewish education was designed to...

Student Insights About Dress Code

By Bethany Strulowitz Gathered around a pristine lake in the Poconos last summer, far away from the noise of late bells and midterm exams, I sat with a group of female high school students representing diverse Orthodox Jewish high schools all...

Natalie Portman’s Gift to Jewish Educators

Photo by Georges Biard, via Wikimedia Commons By David Bryfman As Jewish educators we thrive on moments when popular culture and Jewish practice intersect. These moments provide us with launching pads to start any number of conversations with...

Engaging with Israel on your own Terms

By Rabbi Lisa Grant As The Fragile Dialogue explores, Israel has quickly become one of the most polarizing forces in the North American Jewish Community. There are those who remain curious and committed, wanting to remain connected in some...