Posts Tagged: Virtual Symposium on Jewish Education

Jewish Education: Thinking About the Generations That Will Come After Us



by Rabbi Stan Schickler Much of the reaction to Charles Edelsberg’s initial blog post has offered specific examples of responses to the challenges we face in our communities and their settings. During this High Holy Days season of introspection, I would like to take a more general approach. My first thought after reading Dr. Edelsberg’s […]

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Jewish Education: Revolution AND Evolution



by Ira J. Wise I am so pleased that this symposium began with Dr. Charles Edelsberg’s words, as I have known of and benefited from his vision as realized through his work with the Jim Joseph Foundation. He writes, “[We] must begin with the understanding that education does not equal schooling. In fact, the very […]

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The Key to Meaningful Jewish Education: Relationship-Building



by Micah Ellenson “In a global world, there is unprecedented opportunity for relationship building, inter-connectedness, learning and meaning-making between and among Reform Jews across the globe,” Dr. Charles Edelsberg writes. Relationship-building between congregants and the institutions to which they belong is at the core of creating a meaningful Judaism in the 21st century. However, many […]

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Changing the Dynamic of Reform Jewish Education



The Jewish month of Elul is the perfect time for this symposium, and not just because  synagogues are opening of their religious school doors to young people and their parents for another year of Jewish learning. Elul is the very season of return. This month, in anticipation of the new year, we pause to recommit ourselves, […]

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Jewish Education & Technology: New Models Abound



by Deborah Niederman I am grateful for the way that Dr. Charles Edelsberg frames his piece on education in the Reform Movement. Too often, what is written about Jewish education is merely a critique and sometimes an outright attack. We often read that Jewish education, especially complementary education through our congregations, is in crisis. But […]

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Early Childhood Ed: A Holistic View of Jewish Education



The seven phenomenon that Dr. Charles Edelsberg outlines are compelling, astute, and inspirational. Two of the ideas he offers – expanding the concept of education and focusing on relationships – are key ingredients in excellent early childhood education. We agree wholeheartedly with his vision and differ on only one point: The future he describes does […]

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The Chain of Tradition in Jewish Education



I share Dr. Charles Edelsberg’s trepidations about making predictions, especially when it comes to the curriculum – in its broadest sense – of Reform Jewish education. With dramatic changes underway in both the American and Jewish communal landscapes, it would seem folly to make statements for which one might be held accountable. And yet, because […]

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Jewish Education: The Future is Today



by Robin Eisenberg Dr. Charles Edelsberg’s recent blog post begins with a statement about his being “wary of invitations to predict the future.” My sense is that much that is addressed in his post is not about the future: It is now! The points raised here can be heard in our congregational committee and staff […]

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Unprecedented Opportunity: The Future of Reform Jewish Education



by Dr. Charles Edelsberg

I am wary of invitations to predict the future… of anything. While I am a longtime student of literature on the future of education, dating back nearly four decades to my public school days (when I frequently consulted the works of Marvin Cetron, Paul Ehrlich, John Naisbitt, and Alvin Toffler), I seem to have an uncanny knack for miscalculating what the future will bring. It has taken me years to learn to distinguish between fads and trends. It requires a great deal of careful study to separate out the pundits from the pontificators, an activity I take seriously. But I am no oracle. Thus comments I offer below are issued with a healthy dose of trepidation.

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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 […]

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