Project-based Learning Offers ‘Deeper and Better’ Way to Teach Judaism

By Maayan Jaffe reprinted from eJewish Philanthropy “The prevailing narrative of Hebrew school that is boring, ineffective and chases people away is not true anymore,” says Anna Marx, project director for Shinui: The Network for Innovation in Part-Time Jewish Education. According to Marx, today there are “lots of examples of how congregations with other organizations … Continue Reading

Making Prayer Meaningful

Through ReFrame, JTS and The Davidson School aid educational leaders in planning new learning models that draw on the best of camps, Israel trips, and other immersive experiences. For the past two years, each ReFrame pilot community has picked an area of Jewish education they hope to improve on and have worked with ReFrame educators … Continue Reading

Truths About Jewish Camp

MyJewishLearning and the Foundation for Jewish Camp have collaborated on a “listicle” called The Fifteen Ways You Know You Went to Jewish Summer Camp. Our favorite? Number 4: “For some reason, you have leadership skills.” Isn’t that one of the goals of experiential education? To learn something you can take deep into your core without … Continue Reading

Hidden Ingredients

Excerpted from MyJewishLearning By Avi Katz Orlow Teachers, curricula, grades, rulers, pencils, erasers, chalk, markers, handouts, hands up, heads up, mouths shut, black boards, white boards, smart boards, and (all too often bored) students: the ingredients of formal education. If we were to reject these in the name of awaking our children to the joy and … Continue Reading

What is it About the Jewish Camping Model?

Camp is one of the dominant models used to examine what makes experiential education work. Successful Jewish camps are celebrated for their ability to impart core Jewish values and positive Jewish experiences to their campers. Many experiential programs and day school initiatives lean heavily on the research of what makes camp experiences so meaningful. The … Continue Reading

An Experiential Tree Grows on Tu Bishvat

By Rabbi Jason Gitlin Tu Bishvat, the New Year for Trees, connects the life of a person with the life of a tree. In doing this, Tu Bishvat establishes a profound relationship between miracles of nature and how we live. The primary example of this dynamic is the seder developed by the Kabbalists as a way … Continue Reading

Meet Sarah!

GETTING TO KNOW REFRAME’S PARTICIPATING EDUCATORS Meet Sarah Brokman, from Park Avenue Synagogue, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. As Assistant Director of the Congregational School, Sarah writes the curriculum for third, fourth and fifth grades and supervises all of the teachers for those grades. 1. Where are you from originally? I grew up in … Continue Reading

When Entrepreneurship meets Experiential Education

One of the benefits of studying experiential education is that certain components of it begin to color one’s life in areas outside of the (non-standard) classroom. Learning how to effectively and directly convey information in unique environments can not only impact the teacher-student relationship, but also the parent-child relationship, one’s relationship with friends, and even … Continue Reading

Meet Ilene!

GETTING TO KNOW REFRAME’S PARTICIPATING EDUCATORS Meet Ilene Bloom, from Temple Israel Center in White Plains, New York. As one of three full time community educators at Temple Israel Center, Ilene teaches and develops curriculum for the 5th grade, leads K-2nd grade Shabbat morning services,  teaches in the Havarah Torah high school program, and serves as … Continue Reading

One Educator’s Response to the Pew Report and the Jewish Future

This article is reprinted from eJewish Philanthropy. By Nancy Parkes I have read the reports and the responses. I have attended meetings and have discussed the findings of the Pew report with many of my colleagues and with experts in the field, all whom I would define as people who care deeply about the future … Continue Reading