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Jewish Education

Decompartmentalizing Jewish and Feminist Identity

In continuing with the Jewish Women’s Archive’s goal of elevating the voices and sharing the stories of Jewish women, I decided to interview and profile Yael Marans, a childhood friend and overall mensch. 

Dianne Cohler-Esses

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Photo of Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses, courtesy of Dianne Cohler-Esses.
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Photo of Rabbi Dianne Cohler-Esses, courtesy of Dianne Cohler-Esses.

Why we need to love middle school girls. Hear me out.

I have lots of stories about preteen girls. Like, lots. I’ve done my rounds as a camp counselor, older sister, babysitter, and (recently) elementary Jewish educator. I have stories about misusing urine, ginger chews, trombones, boys, and matchmaking. I feel #blessed to have been able to witness pivotal experiences in the lives of preteen girls, because preteen girls are incredible. 

Rising Voices Fellow Delaney Hoffman's Middle School Student, Natalie

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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Delaney Hoffman teaches middle schoolers in Hebrew school. This is a photograph of one of her students, Natalie.
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2015-2016 Rising Voices Fellow Delaney Hoffman teaches middle schoolers in Hebrew school. This is a photograph of one of her students, Natalie.

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The Nerd Herd

If there’s one thing that characterized my formal Jewish education, it would have to be my profound dislike of it. Though I’ve always felt deeply connected to my Judaism, both culturally and religiously, organized religious school was extremely difficult for me. 

Moving Past My Passivity

I was a relatively passive preteen. I was stuck in this mentality that my life wasn’t really going to start until I was older, that everything until then was just filler. Looking back at it now, I can acknowledge the internalized adultism that clouded my perception of the world, but am still regretful of this period of stagnation in my life. 

Ruth's Journey

Learn how Ruth changed her life by making a series of bold choices, and examine how taking risks, small or large, might lead to positive transformations in your own life.

Miriam in the Desert

Consider Miriam’s experience of exile and investigate the parallels between her story and moments of alienation and isolation in your own life.

Cover Art for "Miriam in the Desert"

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Cover art by Uri Berkowitz for "Miriam in the Desert," a lesson plan from the "Girls in Trouble" curriculum by Alicia Jo Rabins.
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Cover art by Uri Berkowitz for "Miriam in the Desert," a lesson plan from the "Girls in Trouble" curriculum by Alicia Jo Rabins.

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Alicia Jo Rabins

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Alicia Jo Rabins: musician, composer, poet, and Jewish Educator.
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Alicia Jo Rabins: musician, composer, poet, and Jewish Educator.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Jewish Education." (Viewed on May 28, 2016) <http://jwa.org/topics/jewish-education>.

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