Chancellor Arnold Eisen’s Address at the ReFrame Inaugural Design Lab (4/25/13)


Why Is This Religious School Different from All Other Religious Schools?

Originally posted at by Aaron Starr Most conversations about Jewish education focus on the “how” and rarely get to the “what.” Should we invert the two? When those of us who are leaders in the world of Jewish education seek to define and, consequently, improve synagogue-based schools, we appropriately desire to engage the most … Continue Reading

Excellence in Experiential Jewish Education

Guest Post by: Rabbi Avi Katz Orlow Excellent Experiential Jewish Education: Is executed with kavanah, intention, in which each activity is done with the purpose of achieving a larger goal Activity for activity’s sake is not experiential education—it’s just an activity. Educational experiences should be intentionally designed to convey Jewish learning outcomes and values in an … Continue Reading

Guest Post by Daniel Silverman

People involved in supplementary or congregational school education – administrators, teachers, parents and even learners – know that instructional time is short and precious.  When describing the challenge of time, I often revert to the following analogy.  In our school at Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto, learners begin a two day per week program in … Continue Reading

Prompt: How does Hebrew at camp reflect larger issues about Hebrew literacy and education?

Download this White Paper as a PDF Writer: Cheryl Magen One of the greatest criticisms of Jewish supplemental education has been its failure to teach Hebrew as an active, living language. Instead, the importance of actual language acquisition was subsumed by a focus on acquiring “siddur-Hebrew,” which left students unable to use Hebrew to communicate. … Continue Reading

Prompt: How do we leverage the creativity of emerging adults deeply impacted by experiential education towards the future?

Download this White Paper as a PDF Writer: Rabbi Josh Feigelson Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting over and over announcing your place in the family of things. ~ Mary Oliver, Wild Geese Emerging Adulthood: Finding One’s … Continue Reading

How Would You ReFrame Jewish Education?


Why ReFrame Jewish Education?


Leveraging the Time Honored Approach of Experiential Education

By: Zachary Lasker, Ed.D. Setting: Camp Ramah in California Time: Nightfall, mid-summer Each year a haunting melody ignites a distinctly familiar tingle; the feeling is a clashing mix of sorrow and serenity. This melody is invoked just a couple times each year – between renditions of Avinu Malkeinu, Oseh Shalom, and Eli Eli – to … Continue Reading

Prompt: How Might Families Navigate Through the Range of Jewish Experiences to Secure a Robust Education?

Download this White Paper as a PDF Writer: Dr. Gil Graff From the Exodus narrative to Moses’s exhortation to teach successive generations, the foundational text of Jewish life instructs parents to enable children to internalize the legacy of Torah.  Commentators have pointed out that Torah is identified in the Biblical text as morashah (legacy), suggesting … Continue Reading