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Education Blog

Tu B’Shevat: Celebrating Nature and Changing our Own

Published in Times of Israel by Dasee Berkowitz
Posted on February 1, 2018

Can a person ever really change their nature? Can I? There are moments as a parent — and as a person — when I feel I have had it. When patterns of behavior (mine or my children’s) make me feel like I am locked in an endless repetitive cycle. Why are they behaving this way? 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 »

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 »

Planting Seeds

Posted on February 14, 2017

By Deborah Anstandig, Ayeka Educator In the yearbook from my 8th grade graduation from Jewish Day School, we were asked to cite a quote we found meaningful. While I no longer remember the quote I chose, one student’s quote remains present until today. “The greatest impacts in life are the ones you never know you make”. My 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 »

Two Crowns

Posted on January 29, 2017

By R’ Efraim Mintz, The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, Director Angels, the Midrash teaches, attended our nation’s first educational experience at Sinai bearing gifts: two crowns. One was the crown of action, awarded to us for our commitment to do everything G-d asked of us. The second was the crown of understanding, bestowed in recognition 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 »

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 »

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