Schechter schools’ inquiry-based approach stimulates critical thinking and strives to integrate the curriculum across disciplines. The educator teams who took part in this project included both Judaic Studies and science teachers. They selected water as the over-arching theme for a middle school curricular initiative that would serve as the primary focus to generate environmental awareness and commitment. The goal of connecting the schools to one another and with their respective Israel programs was furthered through two retreats and a dedicated website.
We have sent complimentary copies to all Schechter schools and many friends in Jewish environmental organizations, Camps Ramah, the day school networks, and the USCJ. Copies of Mekor Hayyim, (the Source of Life) are available for sale through the USCJ book service and can be purchased online at uscj.org/bookservice. We are eager to learn how the source book will be used in the field and encourage you to post comments to the website mekorhayim.org.
Already in its second printing.
Dear Larry and Elaine,
I just received a copy of Mekor Hayyim, and want to tell you that it is magnificent – exactly the kind of blend of traditional and contemporary sources addressing a real issue and the world around us in a way that is the hallmark of Conservative/Masorti Judaism at its best. You are to be congratulated on such a fine contribution and I look forward to reading it through and to learning from you yet again!
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson