Category Archives: Jewish Education

A “Fifth Question” For NewOrg

It has become a tradition for organizations to use the pedagogy of Passover to advocate for causes.  We can change customs (“The Four Children”), add customs (“Miriam’s Cup), or adjust customs.  One common adjustment is the addition of a “fifth … Continue reading

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Purim is the Prescription for Pediatric Judaism

When we think about Purim as parents, we probably think most about this: “What shall I dress my children as this year for Purim?” But in a hopefully growing number of families, including ours, the question isn’t what are we … Continue reading

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The Biggest Tent: A NewOrg For A New Schechter

[This is an unusually long post – even for me – I hope you stay with me to the end.] If you read this blog (and thank you if you do!) then you know that we officially made public that … Continue reading

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How to Support Israel When Israel Doesn’t Support You

Our Friday morning breakfast conversation was a little bit different than normal this morning thanks to our guest, Talia, a teacher from our school’s sister school in Israel who is staying with us during this year’s Federation-sponsored exchange of teachers. … Continue reading

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The Silent Power of Chanukah

Why are these nights different than all other nights? Wrong holiday, I know. But there is actually something powerfully different about Chanukah that has much to teach us about the power of experiences and a pedagogy of meaning… Chanukah is … Continue reading

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Sukkot: Project-Based LIVING

We are deep into the holidays! We have come out of Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur and headed straight into Sukkot.  I have just finished my frame and look forward to this Sunday and when we will finish the decorations and usher … Continue reading

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Remembering My Dad

“Yizkor?!  I don’t even know her!” That would have been the title of this blogpost if I had any real courage. Because there can be no reminiscence of my father of blessed memory without at least one awful pun and, … Continue reading

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The Spirituality of “Back to School”

Hopefully your summer has been all you wanted it to be and that whatever your goals were for the summer – professional development, vacation, relaxation, rejuvenation, reconnection, spending time with family, etc. – you accomplished them and more.  But as August … Continue reading

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The Storify of #edJEWcon LA 2014

I think it is reasonable to conclude that Storify has become my preferred method of documenting my learning from professional development conferences and experiences.  I like how visual it is and I love how easy it is to preserve the links … Continue reading

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What is YOUR Fifth Question?

What a difference a year (and a career change) make! I was leading or attending model seders long before my children were born, but this marks the first year in about fifteen or so that the only model seders I … Continue reading

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