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When I arrived at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El in Plantation, FL, six years ago, the congregation’s junior high and high school programs were dealing with a problem that m

Josh Simon
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Here is my plan, all or parts of which you may wish to replicate in your own congregation in the days to come

Anne Berman-Waldorf
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To help students and families balance Jewish education with other activities, Temple Beth-El in Providence, RI, says “yes” whenever possible. Here’s how they do it.

Rabbi Sarah Mack, Joie Magnone and Rachel Mersky Woda
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We have been talking a lot about “happiness” in Jewish education lately. Let’s begin by owning that the term “happiness” is challenging. In our vernacular it has a shallow and trivial connotation.

Michelle Shapiro Abraham

Jacqueline and Kevin Haney of North Caldwell wanted to send their children to a Jewish preschool, so last summer they took a look at the

Johanna Ginsberg (NJJN)

I’ve always felt that our religious school goes above and beyond the standard – but when I learned of a way to validate that belief in an official capacity, I was eager to pursue the opportunity. When I participated in a webinar that addressed the benefits of going through an accreditation process for religious schools through the Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE) I felt it would be worth pursuing at Or Chadash.

Rina Liebeskind

Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, N.J., announced that synagogue member and Fanwood resident Michelle Shapiro Abraham received

Parent orientation is an emotional time at any school, especially for parents whose children are entering school for the first time. At Jewish early childhood centers, though, it’s not only about the excitement and nerves surrounding the first day of classes. For many of these parents, it’s also their first foray into Jewish institutional life as a family.

Susie Wexler

I heard one liberal Jewish day school head say this about Halloween:

Rabbi Dr. Tali Zelkowicz

by Nancy Manewith

It all began with an amazing meeting – a discussion, really – with Susan Zukrow, the URJ’s project director for the Chicago Early Engagement Leadership Initiative (CEELI). This new program, funded by the Crown Family Philanthropies and facilitated by the URJ, brings together 12 cross-denominational Jewish early childhood centers from the Chicago area to strengthen their work of engaging young children and their families through program excellence, while building and sustaining meaningful relationships. Though not an educator herself, Susan painstakingly took the time to learn the history and workings of the Chicago Metro area’s Jewish early childhood community, in order to lead this groundbreaking early engagement leadership initiative.