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Ayeka in the News

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 »

Faced with fusty texts, teachers learn to breathe new life into Jewish studies

Published in Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on December 26, 2017

NEW YORK — Eighteen months ago, students at the Bi-Cultural Day School in Stamford, Connecticut, received a relatively flat account of Moses and the 12 spies. They learned the who, what, where, when and possibly the why of the story: Moses sent out 12 spies to do a little reconnaissance in the land of Canaan. Continue Reading »

Learning to love my sons’ radical disobedience

Published in Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on December 20, 2017

We, religious Jews, are caught in a searing conundrum. On the one hand, we want to raise strong independent kids who make their own decisions; on the other hand, we are crushed when their choices are different from the ones we hoped for and wanted them to make. But the real crisis and tragedy is Continue Reading »

MILTON Selected for Ayeka Foundation Grant

Published in Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation's Capital by Ronit Greenstein
Posted on December 19, 2017

Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education announced that it has selected Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital along with Atlanta Jewish Academy, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, and Netivot HaTorah Day School in Toronto to participate in a cohort funded jointly by The AVI CHAI, Kohelet, and Mayberg Foundations. Ayeka was awarded a two-year Continue Reading »

Jim Joseph Foundation Invests over $23m. in Jewish Educator Professional and Leadership Development

Published in EJewish Philanthropy
Posted on October 24, 2017

The Jim Joseph Foundation has announced a $23.7 million cumulative investment in 21 organizations following a Request for Proposal (RFP) process to address two critical areas in Jewish education: Educator Professional Development and Leadership Development. The Foundation, which fosters compelling, effective Jewish learning experiences for young Jews in the United States, received 154 Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) following the Continue Reading »

Creating a Soulful Organization

Published in Jewish Federations of North America by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on August 21, 2017

First appears on the Jewish Federations of North America’s Blog Ideas in Jewish Education & Engagement At our last board meeting, we asked a particular strident member to say a few words about himself. It was just after Tisha B’Av and he spoke very personally about how difficult the day had been for him. How Continue Reading »

The Jewish Prayer that Taught Me to Quiet Down and Listen

Published in Kveller by Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on July 30, 2017

I’m not a very good listener. The problem is, I think I am. Because with total strangers, I am excellent. New people to me are like books. They have a whole story and a lifetime of experiences that I am interested in uncovering. But I can go into autopilot pretty easily when it comes to my children. Continue Reading »

Empowering – and engaging – parents through Jewish wisdom

Published in Jeducation World by Mark Horowitz and Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on July 19, 2017

There are few Jewish organizations today that don’t fret about changing demographics and lack of engagement among younger Jews. Data is gloomy as organizations leak members and struggle to find new ones. Busy families with small children are hard to get through the door, much less keep in the building for a program or service. Continue Reading »

This Normal Life: Finding Your Place

Published in The Jerusalem Post by Brian Blum
Posted on April 13, 2017

I’m a Haggada hoarder. Over the years, our family has collected dozens of different Passover Haggadot, ranging from the highly traditional to the decidedly modern. We have classic Haggadot with commentaries by the Me’am Lo’ez (originally written in Ladino by Rabbi Ya’acov Culi in 1730), Rabbi Marcus Lehman of Mainz (late 1800s) and Efrat Chief Continue Reading »

Passover 2017: a personal Haggadah

Published in The Oklahoma by Carla Hinton
Posted on April 7, 2017

Published in The Oklahoman, April 7, 2017 by Carla Hinton With Passover soon approaching, a group of men and women from the Oklahoma City metro Jewish faith community recently gathered to explore a new Haggadah whose author has Oklahoma ties. The Haggadah is a compilation of prayers, hymns and rabbinical literature that is read during Continue Reading »