Category - Trends in Jewish Education

This Isn’t Your Parents’ Hebrew School

By Rachel Happel In the spring of 2012, Temple Beth Shalom shuttered the religious school which we had deemed beyond repair. In its place, we launched a new model for Jewish learning based on two core principles: depth of relationships and...

Three Ways to Connect to Jewish Millennials

Image: screenshot TCJewfolk.com By Avram Mandell Not long ago, over coffee, I asked a first-year college student I know about a social-media trend I’d recently heard about. “Do you know what a ‘Finstagram’ account is?” I asked. “Of...

What Comes First: Doing or Understanding?

by Ellen Rank I grew up in a kosher home. Like the rest of my family, I did not keep kosher outside the house. When I was a junior in college, a new apartment mate asked if we could make our kitchen kosher. Once I started keeping my own place...

No Success without Learning to Fail

By Cyd Weissman “Fail Forward” is the mantra of entrepreneurs. Take risks. You will fail, guaranteed. Learn from it.  Once a little smarter, boldly launch again. Instead of meeting failure with crimson shame and pink slips, entrepreneurs...

Do We Really Still Need Teachers?

By Steve Freedman Much has been written about how technology is changing the face of education and will continue to do so at an increasingly rapid rate.  There are those who believe that online learning and advanced educational software will...

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...