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Ayeka in the News

Getting Stuck in Jewish Spirituality

Published in Institute for Jewish Spirituality by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on August 30, 2018

Jewish educational leaders and their communities have become very good at the first stage of Jewish spirituality – connection. The time has now come to move to the second stage – calling. The First Stage When I ask people for their first association with ‘spirituality’, the most common response is ‘connection’. They speak of connecting Continue Reading »

Creating a Classroom of Soulful Hospitality

Published in Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on August 26, 2018

What will we say to our alumni if they return and tell us: “You helped me think and relate. You cared about me. I’m extremely grateful. But I finished my youth as a stranger to my own soul. Why didn’t you help me with that?” Teachers work very hard to welcome their students. They decorate Continue Reading »

Supporting Teachers to Become Soulful Educators

Published in Jim Joseph Foundation Guest Blog by Jeff Amshalem
Posted on August 22, 2018

What will you be trying to do teshuvah for this year? Raise your hand if it is the same as last year. Raise the other hand if it was the same as the year before that. Raise the other hand if… I don’t know about you, but I’ve got all my hands up. But was Continue Reading »

Creating Soulful Communities

Published in eJewish Philanthropy by David Kahn, Chairman of the Board of Ayeka
Posted on July 24, 2018

When we at Ayeka began speaking about Soulful Education over a decade ago – and even dared to use the “G-word,” eyes rolled and conversations ended. Today, we see schools competing to bring their educators to our Soulful Education trainings where Ayeka helps teachers to focus on their inner lives, as a vital first step Continue Reading »

Ayeka announces first Director of North America

Published in Jeducation World by Ayeka
Posted on April 25, 2018

Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education today announced that Michal Fox Smart has been hired as its first Director of North America, effective August 2018. Michal Fox Smart is currently Associate Principal of Judaic Studies at Bi-Cultural Day School in Stamford, CT. A recognized leader in innovation and curriculum design, Michal is the recipient of the Continue Reading »

The Sickness of Judgementalism

Published in Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on April 23, 2018

There is a terrible sickness in the Jewish community. I also have it and can’t seem to get rid of it. I feel contaminated. And this is the time — from Pesach to Shavuot — to work on healing ourselves. What is the sickness? Judgementalism. We are constantly judging each other. The time has come Continue Reading »

Meditation on National Celebration and Personal Connection

Published in Times of Israel by Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on April 23, 2018

“When you expect good you will get something good.”  This is what my son’s teacher told me when I thanked her for encouraging him to do something hard at school a few months ago.  She has an amazing ability to motivate students and to get the best from them. She sees within them what is Continue Reading »

Hearing the voices of our kids

Published in Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on March 21, 2018

He said he wasn’t going to fast on Yom Kippur. She traded in her long-sleeved shirts and skirts for tank tops and shorts. He got a second earring, this one on the top of his ear. She was tired and annoyed by the rules. Shabbat meals became optional. And so their parents came to me. Continue Reading »

Toxic Stones

Published in Sh'ma Now by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on February 5, 2018

Experiences of pain, confusion, and depression are inescapable. Just as God created a world with light and darkness and day and night, we have times when we are open to hearing and feeling gratitude for the voice of the soul. We have other times when life seems confusing and bleak and the voice of the Continue Reading »

A Soulful Response to the Abusers of #MeToo

Published by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on January 17, 2018

I hesitated many times before writing about #MeToo. My inner voice said: “Who are you to write about this? First of all, you’re a guy. There’s no way you can truly understand the pain of those hurt. Secondly, You’re just an educator, not an authority familiar with any research or studies about the effects of Continue Reading »