Reflective Learning in the Season of Teshuvah

By Rabbi Jason Gitlin While the formal Hebrew title for each book of Torah is today derived from a word in its first verse, the Rabbis regularly employed a different logic: use a name that captured the book’s main theme. Va-yikra, for instance, was referred to as Torat Kohanim (Laws of the Priests) because the sacrificial system … Continue Reading

Placing Experience at the Center of Understanding Experiential Learning

This blog post was originally published on eJewish Philanthropy on September 1, 2014. By Dr. Gabe Goldman [Note: In this article, the terms “teacher” and “student” also include counselors, hike leaders, campers, trip participants, etc.] There is a wonderful story about chavrutot (learning partners) who completely disagree about the meaning of the text they are learning. Their views … Continue Reading

Meet Emily!

GETTING TO KNOW REFRAME’S PARTICIPATING EDUCATORS Next up is Emily Kruskol, from IKAR in Los Angeles. As Assistant Director of Education, Emily supervises and coordinates IKAR’s family learning program, oversees their specialized experiential education program, and help the Directors with administrative tasks. She is currently studying for her double Master’s in Jewish Education and Jewish studies … Continue Reading

Prayer-ful Students

By Nancy Parkes Our learners at Temple Israel Center eagerly enter our prayer space open to the possibility of connecting to something greater than themselves. Some close their eyes; others sit in deep meditation; and still others chant the prayers as they feel, comprehend, and deeply connect to the words. When the experience and prayer … Continue Reading

Meet Allison!

GETTING TO KNOW REFRAME’S PARTICIPATING EDUCATORS Allison Gutman, a graduate of the Davidson School, is Assistant Director of Education & Youth at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Michigan. Allison is responsible for overseeing and assisting a variety of educational and community programs at Shaarey Zedek, an inclusive, egalitarian Conservative Jewish congregation and spiritual community in Southfield. 1. … Continue Reading

Active Experience for Transformative Leadership Development

By Ray Levi “The one who studies in order to practice will be enabled to study and to teach, to observe and to practice.” (Pirkei Avot 4:5) At first glance, the large lobby at The Jewish Theological Seminary seems to be the setting for a morning reception being held by the William Davidson Graduate School … Continue Reading

Seeking “Holy-istic” Educators

By Rabbi Jason Gitlin I remember the first time I heard my teacher speak about his life as a stutterer. He told us that he felt incapacitated by his speech. At one of the most important moments of his life, he almost allowed the disability to engulf him and dictate his aspirations and goals. Growing … Continue Reading

New Ways to Make Kids Excited About Camp

By Michelle Shapiro Abraham What if you took a camp counselor – t-shirt and all – and dropped her in a synagogue? Instead of telling her to leave all that “campy stuff” at the door, invite her to bring it all in with her. Don’t stick her in a classroom on a Sunday morning to … Continue Reading

Take It in Three

The following article is reprinted from the first issue of Gleanings, an eJournal run by the Davidson School that explores issues in Jewish education.   GLEANINGS Dialogue on Jewish Education from The Davidson School Issue 1, Winter 2014 Take It in Three By Rachel Meytin Judaism has  a lot of threes: three moments of daily prayer, … Continue Reading

From Chair Pose to Congregational School Poised for Change

The following article is reprinted from the first issue of Gleanings, an eJournal run by the Davidson School that explores issues in Jewish education and draws on perspectives from emerging and veteran educators.   GLEANINGS Dialogue on Jewish Education from The Davidson School Issue 1, Winter 2014 From Chair Pose to Congregational School Poised for Change … Continue Reading