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“The Experiment”

“When I was only five, my family hosted two kindergarten teachers from Germany. I also remember my father practicing German and traveling to Germany several times. He was a participant in a new initiative in Israel called “The Experiment”, Building bridges with Germans and Germany after the Holocaust. But at the time, I did not understand the significance of all of this. When I was eight and again when I was… Read Article →

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The 11 Qualities Needed to Teach PTJL

Much is made of the difficulty of raising tweens and teenagers in our chaotic and confusing world. Tweens and teens have significant developmental transitions to make and they are being asked to grow up faster than ever. When one looks for guidance in how to raise tweens and teens thoughtfully and realistically as Jews in our pluralistic society, there are not that many places to look. The opportunity to address… Read Article →

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Resting Beneath the Tree

In Parshat Vayera, we meet Abraham resting near the entrance of his tent. He notices three weary travelers approaching, and he runs to greet them, with no regard for the intense heat of the day (as one midrash tells us)–or the fact that he is still healing after having circumcised himself as a part of his covenant with God. “Rest beneath the tree” (Genesis 18:4), Abraham implores the visitors, enjoining… Read Article →

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Learning through Jewish texts and history at Me’ah in Sharon

  Every Monday evening, 18 adults crowd into a small classroom at Temple Israel in Sharon. Many have already put in a long day at work —developing software, seeing patients, writing marketing copy and attending college. On a recent evening, prophecy was on the agenda – Old Testament prophets Jonah and Elijah specifically. For the next three hours, with the help of biblical scholar Dr. Lynne Heller, the students grappled… Read Article →

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Havayah: Wondering What Comes Next

I begin this entry while in the Dnepropetrovsk airport waiting for our flight to Vienna. We bid a tearful goodbye to our Israeli counterparts last night, and today we are in tears again as “our Ukrainians” see us off. The past week has brought up a great range of emotions in every Havayah member, myself included. We’ve gone from great exuberance to deep sadness to, yes, moments of personal discomfort…. Read Article →

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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 →

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Contextual Learning: Summer Teaching in Israel

I recently returned from a six-week stay in Jerusalem, where I had the pleasure of serving as a faculty member for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel. Founded in 1987, this unique program offers 26 incoming high-school seniors from the United States and Canada intensive study in various dimensions of Jewish life and thought, both ancient and modern. The North American fellows also have the opportunity for substantive interaction with… Read Article →

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Four Questions with Jessica Silverman

One of the most exciting new offerings at Prozdor this fall will be a science, technology, engineering and math module in which students explore the intersection of Judaism and science in new and creative ways. We have tapped Acton, Mass. native Jessica Silverman, a newly minted Ph.D., to teach this section. Here, Silverman talks about her background, her love of science and her new role at Prozdor. Tell us a… Read Article →