Tag Archives: Jewish Education

Community Blog Dan Brosgol

“The More We Get Together”

You’re no doubt familiar with the children’s song “The More We Get Together” (but in case you’re not, watch the video here). Other than providing us with a humorous musical reminder of our childhoods, though, it also is a powerful and relevant message relating to our work at Prozdor on the leading edge of Jewish education and engagement. Last week I joined over 50 of my colleagues in attending a… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Time to Teach

Parshat Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18 Last week, my daughter and three of her friends spoke to a group of aspiring rabbis and cantors about issues of mental health and spiritual wellbeing among teens. It was a rare opportunity for a roomful of adults to simply listen and learn from teenagers, who were thoughtful, reflective, and remarkably honest about their inner lives – and willing to share what they want from the adults in… Read Article →

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Many Covenantal Paths: Catholic and Jewish Partnership

Parshat Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23 In this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Yitro—named for Moses’ father-in-law—Jethro (Yitro in Hebrew) is described first as a priest of Midian, and only after that as the father of Moses’ wife. The beginning of the parasha introduces us to two religious leaders who model the way different religious communities can appreciate God’s covenantal relationship with the other. Jethro says, “Blessed be the Lord who delivered you… Read Article →

Community Blog Deborah Skolnik Einhorn

Everything I needed to know about education I learned from my yoga teacher . . .

Greeting each student as they enter: Check. Sharing and reinforcing learning outcomes: Check. Differentiated instruction: Check. Kinesthetic Learning: Check. Bringing one’s whole self to teaching: Check. When I completed my dissertation after too many years of graduate school – and quite a few diapers and sleepless nights thrown in for good measure—I finally felt that I could spend an hour or two each week on a mindful yoga practice, without… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Minna-Bromberg

Honoring the Blank Spaces

Parshat B’shalach, Exodus 13:17-17:16 Walking home from my set at the Jerusalem Folk Evening, I begin to realize that my abs hurt. This feeling after singing — like I’ve been overly enthusiastic doing crunches on the first day of a new workout regimen — is one I know mostly from the end of Yom Kippur; after that prayer marathon, my achy abs (a reminder that I have poured so much… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Adam Lavitt

Watching, Waiting, Reflecting: Dreaming in Times of Darkness

Parshat Bo, Exodus 10:1-13:16 With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. (Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream”) The world seems like a dark place right now. I don’t know if there is any way to effectively battle institutional racism, or the rampant capitalism that is all but destroying the middle class – or how to respond… Read Article →

Seventy Faces of Torah Rabbi Lisa Goldstein

Aligning Ourselves with the God Who Changes

Parshat Shemot, Exodus 1:1-6:1 It is a lovely coinciding of our inner and outer worlds that we begin a new book of the Torah just as the new secular year begins:  a fresh page, a fresh day, all kinds of possibilities.  And yet, as we enter Parshat Shemot and the book of Exodus, it takes us all of seven verses before we come to the constriction traditionally associated with the… Read Article →

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Family Across the Divide

Parshat Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27 The refugee stood before the government official and pleaded for mercy. His plight was desperate. He came with a large family, seeking asylum from conditions in his home country. Loved ones were still back home, awaiting word. Returning home without help meant death. There is a new term in the international humanitarian scene: climate refugee. As drought, flooding, crop failures and water shortages become more frequent,… Read Article →

Rabbinical School Student Blog Jessica Lowenthal

Have We Learned from History? A Hanukkah Reflection

We say that we need to learn from history, but how often do we actually do so? Hanukkah provides us with an important test case. When learning about Judah Maccabee in Hebrew school, I was taught about a strong and brave leader who fought for the right to practice Judaism freely. However, I was not taught about the darker side of the Maccabees and the Hasmonean dynasty they established, which… Read Article →

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The Truth(s) about Hanukkah

What is Hanukkah all about? There are many possible answers to this question; here are just a few to consider: Hanukkah celebrates the military victory of Judah Maccabee and his small band of Jewish freedom fighters over the mighty Syrian Greek Empire Hanukkah recounts the discovery of the miraculous tiny pot of oil the Maccabees used to rededicate the ancient Temple in Jerusalem Hanukkah was introduced as a make-up holiday… Read Article →