Coming Soon: Virtual Symposium on Jewish Education



What sort of educational content is most compelling to Jewish learners? How can technology further Jewish educational goals? What is unique about Reform Jewish education compared to other streams of Judaism? How do we ensure that Jewish education fosters a sense of Jewish community?

Reform Jewish educators have big ideas on the future of Reform Jewish education. Next week, RJ Blog will host a Virtual Symposium on Jewish Education to give Jewish educators a forum in which to postulate on that future – and to give all readers, Reform and otherwise, the opportunity to join the discussion and create meaningful dialogue.

Spurred by a submission from Dr. Charles Edelberg, executive director of the Jim Joseph Foundation, on the future of Reform Jewish education, each day of the symposium will feature responsive posts from Reform Jewish educators. Writers will include:

  • Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, National Association of Temple Educators
  • Robin Eisenberg, Maimonides Institute for Jewish Learning
  • Micah Ellenson, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
  • Debbie Niederman, National Association of Temple Educators
  • Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Union for Reform Judaism
  • Cathy Rolland and Jennifer Magalnick, Union for Reform Judaism
  • Rabbi Stanley Schickler, National Association of Temple Educators
  • Ira Wise, Congregation B’nai Israel (Bridgeport, CT)

Starting Monday, keep an eye out for Dr. Edelberg’s post and the responses that will follow – and chime in with your own responses. The future of Reform Jewish education belongs to all of us, and we all have a stake in these conversations.

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Kate Bigam

About Kate Bigam

Kate Bigam is the URJ's Social Media and Community Manager. Prior to this, she served as a Congregational Representative for the URJ's East District and at the Religious Action Center as Press Secretary and as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant. Kate is a native of Cuyahoga Falls, OH, and currently resides in Red Bank, N.J.

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