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

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

Prompt: What Forms of Challenge and Support Create an Ongoing Commitment to Excellence and Innovation?

Download this White Paper as a PDF Writer: Cyd B. Weissman Naming and Assessing Learner Outcomes for the ReFrame Initiative Even the best of congregational schools, like those highlighted in Jack Wertheimer’s 2009 book, Schools That Work, lack a practice for naming and assessing learner outcomes. Wertheimer found that assessment has generally been a subjective … Continue Reading

Prompt: How are we preparing complementary school teachers in the 21st century?

Download this White Paper as a PDF Writer:  Gila Hadani Ward Introduction Integration of experiential learning is a growing trend in complementary schools.  Whether it is called “creating Jewish memories,” “camp inspired learning” or some other catchphrase, the idea of connecting Jewish learning to Jewish life is becoming more of a priority in the synagogue … Continue Reading

Prompt: What is the range of goals for t’fillah education in a supplemental environment?

Download this White Paper as a PDF Writer: Cantor Marcey Wagner Bringing the Benefits of the Experiential Approach into T’fillah Education in an Supplemental Environment   Background information on My Experience with Supplemental education Having experienced Jewish education is ALL it’s forms and settings- overnight camp (Ramah), day school (Schechter), Family Education, Retreats, supplemental education … Continue Reading

Prompt: How can other settings of education be enhanced by the successful elements of t’fillah education at camp?

Originally posted at Download this White Paper as a PDF What can schools and synagogues learn from the successes of tefilah education at camp? Or, How did camp help me become a praying Jew? by Rabbi Sarah Graff I believe I was asked to write this paper because of my work at Camp Ramah Darom for the … Continue Reading

Prompt: What steps need to be taken to give Hebrew language acquisition velocity and attention?

Download this White Paper as a PDF Writer: Johannah Sohn It is hardly news that teaching Hebrew in complementary schools is challenging.  Traditional religious school models with five to seven hours of frontal instruction a week struggle with the endeavor.  The difficulty is only amplified for schools that have attempted to integrate experiential education into … Continue Reading

Prompt: How Do You Build an Ecosystem of Jewish Education?

Originally posted at Download this White Paper as a PDF Writer: Jeffrey Lasday Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Parshischo said that every person should have two slips of paper in his pocket. On one should be written: “The world was created for me.” On the other should be written: “I am but dust and ashes.” … Continue Reading