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Ayeka in the News

A Judaism bereft of its center

Published in Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on May 26, 2019

I once asked a rabbi: “How is your personal relationship with God?” Speechless, his face went white. Then, before he answered, I asked him a second question: “When was the last time you were asked that question?” This time he could answer: “Never.” I have raised this question countless times with rabbis over the past Continue Reading »

Pesach 2019

Published in Ayeka by Debra Shaffer Seeman
Posted on April 28, 2019

For almost 20 years, I’ve been taken by the idea that the Haggadah is constructed as the movement from silence to words to song – the enactment of freedom through the very modality through which we express it. Meaning, at the beginning of the Haggadah, there are no stories, no tales, no history lessons. There Continue Reading »

Inspired Parenting: Pesach Edition

Published in Elmad by Dasee Berkowitz and Tovah Leah Nachmani
Posted on April 15, 2019

Becoming a Soulful Parent’s Director Dasee Berkowitz and Pardes Institute’s long-time educator Tovah Leah Nachmani invite you to learn about some of their most meaningful ideas they have used at their seders in these new Pesach-themed episodes of their podcast, Inspired Parenting. We hope it can inspire your own! How often do we share our Continue Reading »

Our Butterfly Sky

Published in Ayeka by Shawn Fields-Meyer
Posted on April 11, 2019

In Southern California, over the course of a few days in March, anyone walking — or standing, or driving, or looking out the window — at almost any time of day was treated to a remarkable sight. Flying through the air were thousands upon thousands of butterflies. The creatures — orange and black Painted Lady Continue Reading »

Beyond The Maxwell House Haggadah

Published in Jewish Values Online by Rivkah Lambert Adler
Posted on March 28, 2019

I didn’t grow up in a religiously observant home. As a result, I don’t have too many Passover memories from childhood. My strongest memory is of my mother telling me that if I wanted to eat bread during Passover, I had to go outside. There is a single family photograph, taken in my grandparents’ narrow Continue Reading »

Job Opportunity at Ayeka!

Published in Ayeka by Ayeka
Posted on January 16, 2019

Ayeka: Center for Soulful Jewish Education is seeking part-time Senior Educators to join our North America and Israel staffs. The position entails working with multiple schools, including their faculties as well as the families of their student bodies, via retreats, online, and in-person check-ins. Professional development, including via webinars and semi-annual retreats, are an integral Continue Reading »

What’s stirring your soul? Books that move you

Published in Ayeka by Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on December 24, 2018

I direct Ayeka’s Becoming a Soulful Parent program. I have three kids. And I spend a lot of time with them. But I actually don’t really read many parenting books. What is drawing me in right now is reading about aging. I can’t get enough of it. I am halfway through Atul Gawande’s, Being Mortal: Continue Reading »

Hillel Adopts Ayeka’s Soulful Strategies for Educating Today’s Students

Published in Detroit Jewish News by Gabriella Burman
Posted on November 13, 2018

A new “soulful” approach to Jewish text study is helping Hillel Day School students develop strategies for mindfulness at just the right time, as the world continues to move at a fast pace and mental health challenges are on the rise among youth nationwide. “We know that social-emotional health informs general health and that it relates to Continue Reading »

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 »