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

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

Spotlight on the Jewish Kids Groups

By: Dr. Zachary Lasker The Jewish Kids Groups in Atlanta, GA is one new model that appears to follow an experiential approach to Jewish “after-school” education.  In a recent blog post on eJewishPhilanthropy JKG leaders Ana Fuchs and Becca Holohan share their program with great pride, highlighting dimensions that reflect attributes of experiential Jewish education.  … Continue Reading

Camp + Hebrew School at the Drawing Board


Mission Possible: Strengthening Congregational Schools through a “Camp-Like” Approach

Written by Dr. Zachary Lasker Originally posted at ejewishphilanthropy.com For 18 summers straight I had the pleasure of working in a Jewish summer camp where I sat at an epicenter for Jewish living and learning. From that seat I got to work with a lucky slice of the Jewish population who attended camp. Encouragement came … Continue Reading

A Post-P.O.S.T. Post – Strategic Thinking Case Study

Written by Alan Sufrin Originally posted at darimonline.org This blog post is a reflection on something that hasn’t happened yet.  Whoa. The reason I can do this is because of the remarkable opportunity I currently have as the Network Weaver for a project of The Jewish Theological Seminary’s William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education called “ReFrame.” And … Continue Reading