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Jewish Education

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.

Stop, Look, and Think: The Visual Thinking Strategies Method

Through the use of open-ended discussion questions and a group problem-solving model, the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) method helps students develop visual literacy, as well as their problem solving, deep thinking, and listening skills. Using primary sources from JWA's collection, guest teacher Tamar Rosenfeld-Cohen models how to use the VTS method effectively, and ways in which to adapt and extend it for classroom use.
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Through the use of open-ended discussion questions and a group problem-solving model, the Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) method helps students develop visual literacy, as well as their problem solving, deep thinking, and listening skills. Using primary sources from JWA's collection, guest teacher Tamar Rosenfeld-Cohen models how to use the VTS method effectively, and ways in which to adapt and extend it for classroom use.

Suzie Schwartz Jacobson Teaching

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Suzie Schwartz Jacobson presents at a JWA educator workshop.
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Suzie Schwartz Jacobson presents at a JWA educator workshop.

Children Place Hands on Wall with Message about Justice

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Students hands frame the message "Tzedek means justice" on Hillel Alternative Spring Break 2006.
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Students hands frame the message "Tzedek means justice" on Hillel Alternative Spring Break 2006.

Belda Lindenbaum, 1938 - 2015

In 2009, when Rabbi Weiss and I founded Yeshivat Maharat, the first institution to ordain Orthodox women as clergy, there was only one person who we knew would be crazy enough to dream with us. I went to see Belda, to ask for seed funding. I was nervous. Having only just been ordained myself, I was not a fundraiser. So I took Rabbi Jeff Fox, our Rosh Yeshiva, along with me. We sat together and talked about an Orthodox Jewish community where men and women could be partners in spiritual leadership. Then, Rabbi Fox asked her for a gift.

Walking Contradiction

“Judaism and feminism? Aren’t those contradictory?” an elderly Jewish man  remarked to me and fellow blogger Caroline as we left a Saturday morning minyan.

“You’d be surprised,” Caroline tactfully responded.

As he walked away, we turned and looked at each other incredulously. How many people believe that the two are uncombinable?

Feminist T-Shirt and Star of David Necklace

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A person wearing a shirt that reads "Feminist" and a Star of David necklace.

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A person wearing a shirt that reads "Feminist" and a Star of David necklace.

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