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

All About Experiential (Jewish) Education: The Mystery Revealed

We are thrilled to share the very first edition of 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 … Continue Reading

Chanukah, Eight Crazy Nights for Jewish Experiential Education

Originally posted at The Avi Chai Foundation Blog By Mark S. Young “Chanukah is the Festival of Lights; instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights.” Most of us are familiar with Adam Sandler’s comedic songs of the 1990′s. They made us laugh and, in my experience, gave young Jews a reason … Continue Reading

Prompt: Jewish Education: From Survive to Thrive

Download this White Paper as a PDF Writer: Maya Bernstein Why are innovations in Jewish education so critical? To reframe the question: if we believe that a Jewish education has something to offer our own community, and that individuals granted this education have something important to offer society at large, isn’t it our most important … Continue Reading

Guest Post by Nancy Parkes

Change is hard. It takes time, patience, a lot of soul searching, and a community that is willing to take risks. It also takes some hand holding. I’m not sure anyone really tells you that when you first start any change project. Maybe they tell you that change is “necessary” if you want to stay … Continue Reading

Guest Post by Sarah Attermann

When I was first approached to become a member of the Ramah Service Corps and create “Ramah style” programs to implement in the synagogue setting, I was thrilled. I would be given the opportunity to bring the magic of Ramah to others through experiences and activities often found only at camp. To me, Ramah has … Continue Reading

On Hebrew School Change: An Opinion

By Rabbi Paul Steinberg I hated Hebrew school as a kid. So, I suppose it’s kind of ironic, perhaps funny, that I now oversee a Hebrew school and am working so hard to develop a program that is meaningful and, dare I say, enjoyable.  Admittedly, it’s not easy.  It’s not easy because there is a … Continue Reading

Camp and School: Context Matters

By Rabbi Joshua Rabin I have never been comfortable with the question, “How we can make schools more like camp?” Yes, Jewish camps and other experiential programs are blessed with many elements that create holistic Jewish experiences leaving children with a warm feeling inside of them. However, camps are not bound by the parameters by … Continue Reading

Learning and Living: What USY Teens Can Teach Our Congregational School Teachers

USY Education in a Congregational School Setting Guest Post by: Amy Dorsch Reframe Key Question: What obstacles might stand in the way of ReFraming Jewish education in complementary schools to be more experiential?  How would you overcome those obstacles?  Congregational Supplementary schools are faced with challenges to restructure and reimage their content, goals and mission. For … Continue Reading