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

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

Guest Post by Daniel Silverman

People involved in supplementary or congregational school education – administrators, teachers, parents and even learners – know that instructional time is short and precious.  When describing the challenge of time, I often revert to the following analogy.  In our school at Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto, learners begin a two day per week program in … 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 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

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

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