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

Take the EJE Challenge! (It’s Not What You Think)

The following article is reprinted from the first issue of Gleanings, an eJournal run by the Davidson School that explores issues in Jewish education. This journal slices across the various settings/denominations of Jewish education, and draws on perspectives that span the perspectives of emerging and veteran educators.   GLEANINGS Dialogue on Jewish Education from The Davidson … Continue Reading

Hits & Misses: The Experiential Seder

By Zachary Lasker, Ed.D . This Pesach I decided to experiment on family and friends with a creative, experiential approach to the second night seder.  Each year my father leads a full seder on the first night, complete with rituals, the telling of the story, and engaging conversation.  This year my parents were also slated … Continue Reading

Provocative Projects: Emergent Curriculum Practices in Jewish Early Childhood Education

The following article is reprinted from our eJournal, Gleanings, which explores issues in Jewish education.  This journal slices across the various settings/denominations of Jewish education, and draws on perspectives that span across the career trajectory of the educator from emerging to veteran.   GLEANINGS Dialogue on Jewish Education from The Davidson School Issue 1, Winter 2014  … Continue Reading