Ideas in Jewish Education and Engagement

Let's Talk - To Our Teens

Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath is the Senior Program Officer of Jewish Life and Learning at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. For more information on the Margo & Yoram Cohen Family Israel Engagement Fellowship, a project of the Jewish Federation and JCRC of Greater Washington, visit ww…

Redesigning Jewish Education Through the Lens of Federation

This blog post reflects an evolution in thinking that began in this essay and was continued in this essay. Interested readers can find more details in both pieces.

 

In 2017, my family visited family in Seattle for a week and as is our tradition, visited the Elliot Bay Book Company. We se…

The Experience of Time

Tilly Shames is the Executive Director of Hillel at the University of Michigan and has been with that team since 2008. She has been part of the Hillel for almost two decades and worked with Jewish students in a variety of settings. 

 

Marcia Falk, in The Days Between, talks about time a…

What’s Next for Part-Time Jewish Education?

How can part-time Jewish education—synagogue schools—succeed given the needed transformation in the 21st century? Its leaders need be vision-driven, generous, creative, brave, and careful and generative managers of change. Today, Rabbi Jennifer Goldsmith (Managing Director, Leadershi…

Why We Can’t Give Up on Hebrew School (And What to Do About It)

In Operation Shylock: A Confession (1993), Philip Roth paints a powerful and not necessarily positive picture of his Hebrew school experience. He shares its mediocrity and irrelevance—but then suggests: What came of it was everything (312).

 

I’ve always been taken by the fact that Ro…