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Torah at the Center

Torah at the Center is a publication aimed at professional Jewish educators. It assumes familiarity with educational and Judaic language and ideas. We devote each issue to a single theme and provide articles and lessons by scholars and practitioners. Beginning with Volume 12, Torah at the Center also includes NATE News, the newsletter of the National Association of Temple Educators.

Latest Issue: Vol. 15, No. 2 - Youth Engagement
Follow up to the launch of the Campaign for Youth Engagement. Practitioners reflect on their experiences and lessons learned experimenting with new ways to engage youth and their families in our congregations.


Administration and Teaching Tools
Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Vol. 15, No. 2 - Youth Engagement
    Follow up to the launch of the Campaign for Youth Engagement. Practitioners reflect on their experiences and lessons learned experimenting with new ways to engage youth and their families in our congregations.
  • Vol. 13, No. 1 - Reach High Reflections: Retaining Teens and Young Adults
    Reflections on a roundtable dedicated to this population, including descriptions of successful programs and several pieces on technology. Also includes background articles for the Symposium on Jewish Identity.
  • Vol. 10, No. 2 - Bar and Bat Mitzvah
    Pieces addressing every aspect, from special needs b'nei mitzvah to social justice projects to spiritual preparedness and planning the party. Also includes a "Dear Educator" column on involving parents in religious school education.
  • Vol. 9, No. 1 - College Issue
    Connecting with young adults, through technology, Israel and teaching positions. Also hear from college students in this issue.
  • Vol. 8, No. 3 - Adolescence
    The science behind adolescence and the developing brain, the thinking behind new programs for teens, the voices of teens in response to articles
Art and Music
Ethics and Social Action
  • Vol. 8, No. 4 - Moral Education
    The thinking behind teaching morals to our youngest children and sexual ethics to our teenagers, as well as seeing ourselves as moral role models.
  • Vol. 8, No. 2 - Advocacy
    Teaching students to advocate for what is right, including standing up for themselves. Also how educators can advocate for themselves and a sample CHAI lesson.
  • Vol. 3, No. 1 - Social Justice
    A text study and a series of lessons about social justice and the civil rights movement.
Hebrew and Israel
History and Historical Figures
Inclusive Community
  • Vol. 15, No. 1 - Parents
    Ways to reach out to parents and involve them in learning and school community. Also, defining parent engagement and a successful parent-school relationship, challenges to teaching and involving parents, and innovative ideas.
  • Vol. 14, No. 2 - Inclusion
    How to include people with disabilities, including a text study, websites, personal essays and descriptions of community, camp and day school programs.
  • Vol. 13, No. 2 - Outreach
    Articles about working with your interfaith, special needs, GBLTQ and ethnically diverse community, including a school audit and a list of recommended books and websites.
  • Vol. 11, No. 1 - Gender and Jewish Education
    Addresses issues of including boys and men, girls and women in Jewish learning and leadership as well as GBLTQ populations. Also includes a "Dear Educator" column about choosing a teacher for the Sacred Choices curriculum.
  • Vol. 6, No. 1 - Special Education
    Personal stories and practical tools, including an annotated bibliography of children's books about special needs and a piece on dealing with unusual behaviors in the classroom.
  • Vol. 4, No. 3 - The Legacy of Rabbi Alex Schindler
    In honor of this leader of our movement, biographical essays and a lesson on inclusion women, interfaith families, GBLTQ members and Jews of patrilinial descent.
Religion and Spirituality
  • Vol. 14, No.1 - God
    Personal reflections and essays about how to teach God in our settings, including a piece on experiencing God through music.
  • Vol. 11, No. 3 - Judaism and Islam in Dialogue
    Examples of cross-cultural programs and a list of reference books and websites.
  • Vol. 6, No. 2 - Spirituality
    The theory behind spiritual development as well as how to design appropriate worship experiences and conversations about God with students of all ages. Also, teaching as a spiritual practice and a sample CHAI lesson.
  • Vol. 4, No. 1 - A New Era for Jews and Christians
    A text study and lessons comparing Jewish and Christian beliefs and attitudes towards the Holocaust, abortion, God and suffering as well as an essay by Rabbi Yoffie with discussion questions for adults.
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