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Preserving the Teachings of My Bubby: Shavu'ot

By Brett Kopin

Brett Kopin edited a volume in Jewish education for early childhood written by his Bubby, Marvell Ginsburg. This is the fourth post from Brett about his memory of her teachings.

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With All Your Strength

By Michael Zeldin

As I am preparing to step down from my positions as Senior National Director of the Schools of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Director of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education and DeLeT (our credential program preparing teachers for Jewish day schools), I have been thinking about what my colleagues and I have accomplished through the partnerships we have forged

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Her Promise – And Mine: Yom Ha'Shoah, Ha'tikvah, and My Conversation with Mrs. Wagner

By Scott Frankel

“I remember one morning when we marched out to work and the orchestra was playing. A full truck of naked young men drove by, with their strong voices singing the Hatikvah, a Zionist anthem, on their way to the crematorium. It was an expression of their defiance in the face of death.”

– Joyce Wagner, A Promise Kept: To Bear Witness, p. 72

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A Nation of Storytellers

By Scott Frankel

“The great leaders tell the story of the group. But the greatest of leaders, Moses, taught the group to become a nation of storytellers.”

– Rabbi Sacks, A Nation of Storytellers

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Story-telling, Time-telling: A Reflection on Pesach

By Shalom Orzach

Have you ever wondered why we use the term “to tell the time”? In Hebrew, the word for “count” is lispor (לספור), which derives from the same word as “tell” lesaper (לספר). The seven week period that ties Pesach to Shavuot, Sefirat Haomer (ספירת העומר), is not just about counting time; it is about telling time in the way we tell stories.

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The Demand for Hebrew Learning

By Binnie Swislow

In April, educators from the Goodman Camping Initiative for Modern Israel History had the opportunity to meet with Gil Hovav, a leading culinary journalist, TV personality and great grandson of Eliezer Ben Yehuda.

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A Night to Remember: Pesach, Israel, and Good Questions

By Josh Feigelson

When our oldest son, Jonah, was three years old, we had a seder with 20 Northwestern University students crammed into our 3-bedroom apartment. Jonah was used to lots of attention from the students, as I was the rabbi at Hillel at the time, and he decided he wanted to sit toward the middle of the table while Natalie and I sat at the head.

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A Reflection From Ta'am Yisrael

By Ayal Weiner-Kaplow

"The moment we are in a position to affect another human being’s perspectives, we enter into the role of educator."

- Clare Goldwater & Lesley Litman, The Educator: The Power of Teaching, The Power of Learning, The Aleph Bet of Israel Education

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Living Life As An Optimist

By Jacob Millner

 “Optimists and pessimists die the same way. They just live differently. I prefer to live as an optimist.”

- Shimon Peres, Newsweek, 2005

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My Haggadah is a Musical One

By Yehudit Werchow

"וַאֲפִילוּ כֻּלָּנוּ חֲכָמִים כֻּלָּנוּ נְבוֹנִים/ כֻּלָּנוּ יוֹדְעִים אֶת הַתּוֹרָה/ מִצְוָה עָלֵינוּ לְסַפֵּר בִּיצִיאַת מִצְרָיִם"

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