Tag Archives: Education


Our Coordinator Gets Philosophical One Rainy Night

It was a dark and rainy night, the type of evening that makes you yearn for snuggly blankets and hot chocolate by a fireplace.  Yet here I was, avoiding puddles and shielding a heavy box of parent binders from the raindrops. I had a destination – the library of a local congregation for a Parenting Through a Jewish Lens class. I made my way through the twisty halls and introduced myself… Read Article →

Vote Ballot

The Power to Choose

Do you miss the campaign ads on television? I know I do … not! (If you are Xfinity owners, you could skip all the ads by watching your shows On Demand. Sshh! Don’t tell the candidates!) Putting the commercials aside, this past Election Day demonstrated that every votes count. Be it the gubernatorial race here in the commonwealth, or the senatorial race in New Hampshire, if you voted, it mattered. And… Read Article →

PYTTJL Parenting Your Tween Through a Jewish Lens Logo

A New View of the Narrow Bridge

I really didn’t think this text was going to resonate but I tried it anyway.  The topic was risk-taking behavior – and the parents were getting more and more anxious with each passing minute, as they imagined their ‘tweens “doing what they did as teenagers,” testing the limits either with alcohol, drugs or sex.   While no one was actively worried about these issues yet, each parent around that table knew… Read Article →


Blending Torah and Activism

I am a scholar and teacher, having devoted much of my life to shaping a Judaism that will work both for me and for others in our contemporary world. I have one sibling, my sister Paula, who works in international peacebuilding, especially in Asia and Africa. Recently, I received an email she sent from Addis Ababa, where she was meeting with a group of women from war-torn South Sudan. I… Read Article →


Today in Dnep

We were woken up by the Israelis and enjoyed a very Ukrainian breakfast in the Menorah Center. Then we hopped on the bus and crossed the Dnep river in order to experience Beit Hanna, the women’s teaching college, and the ERC or the Educational Resource center for children with disabilities. When we arrived, the principal who has been volunteering there for 16 years, talked to us about the start of… Read Article →


An Anecdote from Davida’s Day

Today in class one of the boys grabbed my hand from behind and gave me a big hug. I was very surprised, but happy, because we had found a way to communicate through the language barrier. He pulled me over to where the teacher had put out apples and pointed until I took one. Then he sat next to me until I had eaten the whole thing. Later he was… Read Article →


Words from Emily N.

Privyet (Hi) from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine!! After lots of traveling we are finally here and settling in. This morning we hopped on the bus and toured the city. We learned about the history of Jews in Dnep and the strong Jewish community here. We held a service of remembrance in three different languages at the memorial for the Jews killed in Dnep during World War II. After our tour, we headed… Read Article →


Day 4: Powerful Places and People

Many of us have used a beauty product derived from the Dead Sea whether we have known the origin of the product. Today, I had the authentic experience by slathering the Dead Sea clay all over my body and floating for over an hour effortlessly in beautiful weather. As I was surrounded by colleagues whom I have had the privilege to travel with over the past couple of days, I… Read Article →


Next week in Jerusalem, the Weizmann Institute, Hula Valley and much more…

Shalom and welcome to “Educational Exploration of Israel.” On February 9, 2014 a group of 14 early childhood educators and STEM professionals from the Boston area will travel together to Israel. We will explore the old and the new, nature, educational settings, STEM education, innovation and much more. We will spend time with our partners in the city of Haifa, stay at their homes and visit their schools. We will… Read Article →

Community Blog return to adult learning

Return to Adult Learning

When I moved to Boston in 1998, my first job out of college was that of administrative assistant in the adult-learning division at Hebrew College. Then, the campus was in Brookline, on Hawes Street, and my desk was situated in a hallway between the bathroom and the office of the director of adult learning, then Janet Altman. Despite my modest office, the work environment was warm, engaging, motivating and passionate…. Read Article →