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A New Crop Of Haggadahs Make The Seder Ever More Personal

Published in The New York Jewish Week by Steve Lipman
Posted on March 28, 2017

Published in The New York Jewish Week, March 28, 2017 by Steve Lipman The most published book in the Jewish world, the Haggadah has witnessed a decrease in the number of traditional, commentary-based guides to the holiday’s readings and rituals, but an increase in individualized — and sometimes humorous — interpretations of the Pesach customs. Continue Reading »

Question Marks

Published in Times of Israel by Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on March 28, 2017

I can ask my kids the most uninspiring questions. “How was school today?” is the classic one, which usually elicits the most tepid of responses: “Good.” Or this morning’s, “Why did you take so much cereal when you never finish it!?” Then, there’s this one, when things were getting really dicey around 7:30 a.m. and we are Continue Reading »

Is there such a thing as ‘soulful’ parenting?

Published in The Times of Israel by Simona Weinglass
Posted on February 13, 2017

On a chilly winter evening in Tel Aviv, a group of women sit in a circle pondering a poem by Lebanese-American poet Kahlil Gibran: “Your children are not your children They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, Continue Reading »

Jewish Literacy – Unfortunately, it’s Not Enough

Published in eJewishPhilanthropy by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on January 30, 2017

I applaud the incredibly generous gifts supporting Jewish education today. Tens of million of dollars have been directed to many institutions to enhance Jewish literacy and the educational skills of dedicated professionals. It is a landmark time for Jewish education in North America. My concern, though, is that it is not enough. Jewish literacy and better educational Continue Reading »

Soulful Staff Meetings

Published in eJewishPhilanthropy by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on January 20, 2017

The favorite part of my week is our staff meetings. I wonder how other organizations begin their staff meetings. Do they jump into business? There is always so much to do. Do they begin with a D’var Torah? Is it pro forma or does the D’var Torah impact the staff meeting? Do they offer a heartfelt prayer to Continue Reading »

Forget Continuity, Keep Teens ‘Happy’

Published in The Jewish Week by Hannah Dreyfus
Posted on January 11, 2017

Published in The Jewish Week, January 11, 2017 by Hannah Dreyfus How do you keep today’s Jewish teens engaged? Keep them happy, urges David Bryfman, chief innovation officer at the Jewish Education Project. While in the past, Jewish education has stressed the transmission of knowledge, skills and literacy, that approach “no longer works,” said Bryfman. Continue Reading »

Reflections on an Un-Soulful Election

Published in The Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on December 13, 2016

Several weeks ago, while visiting the US, I attended a Shabbat dinner of 15 very intelligent and kind adults, including Jewish professionals and rabbis. The conversation quickly moved to politics. Everyone assumed we were all voting for Donald Trump. Opinions were strong and unequivocal. I felt very unwelcome. Recently I attended several conferences in the Continue Reading »

Where Are You? A New Way of Teaching Judaism

Published in San Diego Jewish World by Toby Klein Greenwald
Posted on October 14, 2016

Republished in San Diego Jewish World, October 14, 2016 by Toby Klein Greenwald In Becoming a Soulful Educator, by Rabbi Aryeh Ben David, every chapter has “aha” moments and statements that you will want to frame and hang on your wall, and he is liberal in attributing ideas to those who have inspired him—Rav Avraham Continue Reading »

Educating with Soul

Published in The New York Jewish Week by Sandee Brawarsky
Posted on August 23, 2016

Published in The New York Jewish Week, August 23, 2016 by Sandee Brawarsky Aryeh Ben David founded Ayeka: Center for Soulful Jewish Education in 2008. Before that, the Scarsdale native who moved to Israel in 1987 taught at the Pardes Institute for 20 years, serving as director of spiritual education. He is the author of Continue Reading »

Innovation in Jewish Education – “Investing in the Jewish Future”

Published in The Jewish Press by Rachel Moore
Posted on June 1, 2016

For years, Jewish education has been searching for a means to inspire, to innovate, and redefine the standard curriculum to engage the next generation of Jews. Schools across the Jewish spectrum have received constant pressure to re-package and teach classic content in a style that speaks to the students. The fast-pace of today’s technology is Continue Reading »