Jewish educator confession: sometimes we spend so much time creating experiences for others that our own practices and growth are pushed to the side and neglected. It's way too easy for incredible, passionate educators to get burnt out because they don't take care of their own Jewish needs. Taking on this project, while time consuming, was also a great gift, because it gave me a Jewish outlet that was completely my own, separate from the study that I did to create source sheets for work or to find new materials for my students.Read More
The brainchild of Martin Seligman, positive psychology is the scientific study of what makes life the most worth living, emphasizing the factors that contribute to a well-lived and fulfilling life. Positive psychology has been shown to produce improvements in well-being and to lower depression levels when applied. So as Jewish educators, with the mission of bringing value-add to the lives of our learners, how can we integrate positive psychology principles into our work in such a way that allows Judaism to be the vehicle for wellness and happiness?Read More
As American Jews, how can we use American Independence Day to bring together these dual parts of our identities? Particularly in the current political climate, there are a lot of conversations happening about both American and Jewish values, including how they mesh with each other, what happens when they stand in contradiction, and how they each manifest for us individually, and collectively in society.Read More
Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah), the Danish idea of coziness and comfort, is currently trendy, but also timeless. So many of the principles and hallmarks of hygge are mirrored in Jewish tradition, culture, and ritual. How can hygge, the concept credited with making the Danes the happiest people in the world, be a Jewish practice?Read More
Why do you give so much of yourself to your students, to your colleagues, to the Jewish people?
Why do you spend your 'free' time reading, studying, questioning, searching for more and more information and awareness of your content?
Why are you so proud of the work that you do, paid and unpaid, for the betterment of the Jewish people?Read More
Israel connects Jews through hearts, minds, and in many cases, tastebuds. How can we use the diverse, incredible, and ever-changing cuisine of Israel to help our learners find new ways to connect with the Jewish State?Read More
Jewish education can be conducted anywhere, and is often at its best in unexpected places. Here are the top five ways to incorporate Jewish learning into your day at the beach.Read More
What are the scenarios when an icebreaker can be used effectively, and which ones are the best for accomplishing your goals of team-building, connection making, and getting to know your learners?Read More