Hebrew School

Creating An Inclusive Chanukah Program In Our School

As an educator in a fully inclusive supplemental religious school, which is part of a fully inclusive Reform congregation, one of the questions I am most often asked is “How do you do it?” I am eager to share my thoughts and suggestions, especially if it means that other congregations will move toward greater inclusion. And yet, while I share and have written articles such as Ten Steps to Make Your Congregation More Inclusive, I’d be lying if I said that you’d be all set if you just read and followed the exact steps that my congregation followed. You can’t just wrap our process up with a bow, plunk it down into your community and say, “OK, now we are inclusive.”

That is because inclusion is not a program.

At Beth-El's Chanukah Program. Courtesy of Lisa Friedman

‘Family Time’ Hebrew School

Upper East Side temple’s alternative Masa program offers parents and kids flexibility and togetherness.

07/03/2013
Associate Editor

Edward Schnitzer remembers his father dropping him off every week for Sunday school and hanging out at the men’s club while the kids sat in a classroom.

Masa families learn and play together as part of new Hebrew school model. Photos courtesy of Shaaray Tefila

‘Family Time’ Hebrew School

Upper East Side temple’s alternative Masa program offers parents and kids flexibility and togetherness.

06/28/2013
Associate Editor

Edward Schnitzer remembers his father dropping him off every week for Sunday school and hanging out at the men’s club while the kids sat in a classroom.

At an Upper East Side shul, Hebrew School is a family affair. Photo courtesy Temple Shaaray Tefila

Inclusion And The Waze Acquisition

Two really interesting things happened last week – one that you almost certainly heard about, and one that you almost certainly did not.

Meredith Englander Polsky

A Class Of Hebrew School Teachers Studies Inclusion At 2nd Matan Institute

Hebrew school teachers from across the country are gathered in Manhattan today to learn how to better serve students with disabilities at the second Institute held by Matan, the Jewish organization that helps Hebrew Schools include students with disabilities.

Logo courtesy Matan

Flex Time For Students, Parents

With creative marketing, Jewish Journey Project lets kids choose what they learn — and when.

05/22/2013
Associate Editor

First in a three-part series on Hebrew schools offering choice and flexibility.

Timon Malloy dropped out of Hebrew school before his bar mitzvah and wasn’t planning on subjecting his 8-year-old twins to the same experience.

An intergenerational cooking class offered through Jewish Journey Project. Courtesy of Jewish Journey Project

DIY Disability Audit: How Do We Welcome All With Joy?

We have been referred to, and refer to ourselves, as the “People of the Book.” Actually, we seem more to be the people of the question. The Torah is filled with questioners, challengers, activists. The Talmud: more questions, clarifications, debates, arguments over every word, nuance and point.

Sandra Block

Tweens And Torahs

Yes, I am the world's worst blogger. Or, at least, the world’s least attentive blogger.

Will New Hebrew School Model Help Or Undermine Synagogues?

Collaborative Jewish Journey Project recruits pilot cohort, but turf questions linger.

05/23/2012
Associate Editor

Does Hebrew school sound a little too 20th century for your third grader?

How about eight weeks of “Talmudic Stories In Stop-Motion Animation,” a session of “Create Your Own Hip-Hop Siddur” or a winter break spent doing Jewish theater? Or perhaps your child would prefer to learn Hebrew through a Saturday-night ropes course taught by a former Israel Defense Forces lieutenant?

The Jewish Journey Project is the brainchild of Rabbi Joy Levitt.

My Daughter's Bat Mitzvah: The Four-Year Plan

My oldest daughter is not yet 9, and her bat mitzvah has already become a topic of discussion in our house.

Don’t get the wrong idea: I’m not one of those super-organized-plan-everything-in-advance-type people, and I’m certainly not that kind of mom (which you would know if you saw the backlog of forms and permission slips piling up on my desk.)

But my niece’s bat mitzvah is coming up next month, and her older sister’s bat mitzvah, two years ago, is still fresh in our memories.

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