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

Alternative Models of Religious Schooling

The exploration of alternative models of religious schooling is a constant conversation in the Jewish education world. Specifically within the synagogue structure, many alternate learning models have emerged over the last several decades, through camps, projects, community initiatives, and family programs. A recent article in the Jewish Journal of Education by Dr. Isa Aron examines this trend. … Continue Reading

The Importance of Setting

One of the unique innovations of experiential education is its upending the typical classroom setting. Hallways, gymnasiums, sanctuaries, and the outdoors are just a few of the places where some of the most effective experiential learning can take place. During a recent ReFrame webinar with our pilot communities, we explored how various settings can convey … Continue Reading

Meet Aily!

GETTING TO KNOW REFRAME’S PARTICIPATING EDUCATORS Say hi to Aily Leibtag, from Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto! As Beth Tzedec’s Youth Director, Aily runs a variety of programs to help youth of all ages feel connected to Beth Tzedec Congregation and the entire community. 1. Where are you from originally? Dundas, Ontario, Canada 2. What’s your … Continue Reading

An Educational Booth

By Josh Lake Set Up During the holiday of Sukkot we are commanded to spend our time dwelling in booths. This commandment comes from the lines of Torah, “You shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are home born in Israel shall dwell in booths: that your generations may know that I made the … Continue Reading

Meet Jen!

GETTING TO KNOW REFRAME’S PARTICIPATING EDUCATORS Next up is Jen Stern, from Park Avenue Synagogue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. As one of the Assistant Directors of the Congregational School, Jen oversees the 6th and 7th grade program. She writes the curricula,  supervises the teaching team, and collaborates with her colleague, Sarah Brokman (another ReFrame … Continue Reading

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