Young adults across the world are harnessing the spirit of activism, and are taking on the challenging responsibility of putting their values into practice by advocating, rallying, & spreading their views. Jewish students are at the forefront of these movements, and as educators, we have the opportunity to use Jewish texts, stories, & values to empower these young leaders in their activism.
As Jewish educators, we are accustomed to teaching Israel through the lenses of history, politics, geography, and food. In this course, we will discover new ways to explore Israel with students - by integrating Israel into holiday education. We will expose tie-ins between the major Jewish holidays and contemporary Israel education, and will develop best practices for using experiential education methods to build connections between our learners and Israeli culture and society.
In my day job, I’ve been building + leading a thriving teen philanthropy program for the past three years, and it’s something near and dear to my heart. I believe passionately in the power of Jewish giving, and in imparting that skill + wisdom to the next generation. I’m honored to be speaking at this year’s JTFN Summit, which will take place in San Francisco, California. I’ll be leading a session processing the keynote using interactive and Limmud-style activities and questions.
This course will explore best practices for addressing issues of consent, gender identity, gun control, Israel, or any emotionally loaded or sensitive topic, preparing the educator to decide when to remain neutral and when to name a personal bias, and how to create a safe space around the conversation.
At the end of this online course, Jewish teen educators will have a foundational understanding of positive psychology & a series of tactics for applying its wisdom to the feat of successfully engaging Jewish teens.
In this class, taught from a pluralistic perspective, we will explore activism as it relates to secular & Jewish issues. Participants will learn practical steps that educators can take to harness the spirit of activism among our students, & to provide Jewish support/grounding for those who are already advocating.
This course, geared for Jewish educators working in supplementary schools, will be taught through Gratz College's NEXT program.
Teens today are busy, busy, busy. Competing with all of the real-life and virtual distractions that their lives and smartphones have to offer is no small challenge. To successfully connect with our teens and keep them Jewishly-connected; we implicitly need to convince them of the “value-add” of engaging with Judaism and Jewish community.
Positive psychology – the study of what makes life most rewarding and fulfilling – offers wonderful insights into designing activities and programs that will engage Jewish teens in compelling ways. The principles of positive psychology align well with core Jewish texts and values. By identifying the points of intersection, we will position ourselves to more consistently create gratifying opportunities for our teens.
At the end of the course, Jewish teen educators will have a foundational understanding of positive psychology and a series of tactics for applying its wisdom to the feat of successfully engaging Jewish teens.
I will be teaching an online course geared towards Jewish educators working in supplementary schools through Gratz College's NEXT program.
In this class, we will leap past current events and straight to the heart (and stomach) of Israel! We will use food to tell stories of Israel's history, diversity, and modern culture. Students of all ages will enjoy a sensory experience of Israel while cooking with you in North America! As we explore Israel through food and cooking, we will identify ideas and tools for using food and cooking to reach learners of any age and stage.
We will also consider logistical considerations such as cooking when you don't have a kitchen at your disposal, developing an activity budget and supply list, and building food-based lessons that balance content, food prep and time to clean up within limited spans of time. By the end of this course, you will have experienced the sweet, spicy, and savory of Israel, and be ready to embrace cooking as a key teaching modality.
No cooking skills required.