A Thought From Jane Shapiro

It is gratifying to see so many fine practitioners and educational leaders taking up the challenge of a new vision for congregational education. Optimism that we will find good answers to meet the challenges can be felt. In that light, a shout-out to Rabbi Aaron Starr of Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield, Michigan, for his … Continue Reading

What is a “Camp-Like” Approach?: Bringing the Magic from Cabins to Classrooms

GUEST POST BY: Michelle Shapiro Abraham Twenty years ago, I walked in to my first Religious School teaching job.  I had just finished an amazing summer as a camp counselor at URJ Camp Swig and was filled with ideas.  On that first day of school I covered the walls with giant posters of text, created a … Continue Reading

Prompt: What are the implications of experiential education on curriculum design?

Download this White Paper as a PDF Writer: Lesley Litman It is not unreasonable to assume that the term “curriculum” evokes in most listeners images of schooling, textbooks and lessons arranged in a sequence that are then imparted to learners in a classroom.  In this white paper I will challenge that image and make an … Continue Reading

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Prompt: What should Jews know? (Is there a “core curriculum”? If so, what’s included?)

Download this White Paper as a PDF Writer: Dr. Barry W. Holtz To ask the question “what should Jews know” is to invite a simple answer; namely, “everything.” This may seem like a cheeky response, but it is meant to point out two problems that need to be considered before attempting an answer: the question … Continue Reading