Jewish education

Jewish education

Outdoor Shabbat services surrounded by trees

We have members and friends of many backgrounds, perspectives, and expectations. We listen to our folks. And then we take action.

Susan Ellenby
Interlocking gears; the main one of which says: Partnership

Learn how lay and professional education leaders can connect, achieve goals, demonstrate Jewish values, and inspire their community to work toward a shared vision.

Rachel Margolis, RJE and Lisa Langer, RJE
Open Torah scroll with reading pointing a silver yad at the text

Learn from one of his students about Rabbi Reuven Samuels, z”l, who was instrumental in founding Reform Judaism in Israel.

Rabbi Ofek Meri
Bright and airy desktop with a laptop screen open to an animated Shaboom Shabbat video

The Union for Reform Judaism is honored to announce that BimBam’s library of more than 400 original videos will remain online and be integrated onto our educational website,

Cathy Rolland
Closeup of a person holding a globe under their arm like a soccer ball

Here is my plan, all or parts of which you may wish to replicate in your own congregation in the days to come, along with additional resources for Jewish educators.

Michelle Shapiro Abraham
Two little girls sitting on the floor as they work on a craft project in the shape of trees

Reform Jewish education has changed radically since 1955, when the National Association of Temple Educators (now the ARJE) was founded. 

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Balancing Values in Post-B’nai Mitzvah Engagement

An enduring dilemma is one that is simultaneously old and new, can only be managed – not solved, and is very much a part of our day-to-day reality. There is no right answer, just two truths that cannot be ignored, and somewhere in the middle is the solution “for now.” How can we apply this idea to post-B’nai Mitzvah engagement?

Michelle Shapiro Abraham, Lisa Langer, Rachel Margolis
holistic youth engagement

When I started my job, I spent time getting to know families and what they wanted from educational experiences for their children and for themselves. It was clear there we needed a cohesive vision for lifelong learning, and unclear how learning and engagement were connected, if at all. Now, 3 ½ years later, we’re taking a holistic approach to Jewish lifelong learning.

Marisa Kaiser
Female teen surrounded by three younger kids

Synagogue professional need to find ways to communicate to our families that we will provide the resources to ensure their children get a Jewish education.

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

My high school friends called it “the black hole of death.” This was the (loving) name for “the Jewish events Julie goes to all the time that keeps her from hanging out with us on weeknights and weekends.” They were right to make note of the timing – in high school, I spent most of my time outside of school attending youth group events, leading board meetings, working at the synagogue, and serving as a madricha, a counselor.

Julie Bressler