Ideas in Jewish Education and Engagement

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…

Jewish Day School as Life Itself

As we update Jewish education for the 21st century through initiatives like PJ Library, our legacy institutions have no less potential to help students thrive through relevant Jewish learning. Here, Tikvah Wiener describes a day school that helps students learn through living, a day school t…

Networks: Outcomes, Community, Action

What does it look like to convene an action-oriented network of professionals who, working together, enrich their own work, contribute to the broader field of Jewish education, and use their conversation to strengthen experiences for their students? Suri Jacknis, Director of Educator Network…

The Soul Curriculum of Your Organization

Yes, our organizations have souls—our organizations aren’t people, but they are comprised of us, of our innermost thoughts and hopes and fears and strengths. Here, Rabbi David Jaffe, author of Changing the World from the Inside Out, winner of the 2016 National Jewish Book Award, shares h…