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Ayeka in the News

This Normal Life: Finding Your Place

Posted on April 13, 2017

Published in The Jerusalem Post, April 13, 2017 by Brian Blum 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 Continue Reading »

Passover 2017: a personal Haggadah

Posted on April 7, 2017

Published in The Oklahoman, April 7, 2017 by Carla Hinton Helene Harpman of Oklahoma City leads a Torah Study class about a new Passover Haggadah. [PHoto by Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman] With Passover soon approaching, a group of men and women from the Oklahoma City metro Jewish faith community recently gathered to explore a new Continue Reading »

A New Crop Of Haggadahs Make The Seder Ever More Personal

Posted on March 28, 2017

Published in The New York Jewish Week, March 28, 2017 by Steve Lipman he 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 »

Is there such a thing as ‘soulful’ parenting?

Posted on February 13, 2017

Published in The Times of Israel, February 13, 2017 by Simona Weinglass 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 Continue Reading »

Jewish Literacy – Unfortunately, it’s Not Enough

Posted on January 30, 2017

Published in eJewishPhilanthropy, January 30, 2017 By Aryeh Ben David 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 Continue Reading »

Soulful Staff Meetings

Posted on January 20, 2017

Published in EJewishPhilanthropy, January 20, 2017 by Aryeh Ben David 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 Continue Reading »

Forget Continuity, Keep Teens ‘Happy’

Posted on January 11, 2017

Published in The Jewish Week, January 11, 2017 Republished in New Jersey Jewish News, January 18, 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 Continue Reading »

Reflections on an Un-Soulful Election

Posted on December 13, 2016

Published by the Times of Israel, December 13, 2016 by Aryeh Ben David 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 Continue Reading »

Where Are You? A New Way of Teaching Judaism

Posted on October 14, 2016

Published in the 5 Towns Jewish Times, October 14, 2016 Republished in San Diego Jewish World, October 14, 2016 by Toby Klein Greenwald Where Are You? 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 Continue Reading »

Educating with Soul

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 »

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