Jewish Education Blog

April 9, 2018

While reading Francine Klagsbrun’s new Golda Meir biography, I was struck by how, since Israel’s inception, the Jewish people have been in heated debate about what should be the nature and character of our Jewish State. People do and have argued passionately about Isra...

March 26, 2018

Pelz Hebrew School

Listening to the students at the Pelz Hebrew School, this week, sing the Mah Nishtanah (Four Questions), I notice the rich and diverse group of children whose families have come from all backgrounds, levels of observance and countries.

This allowed me...

March 19, 2018

The Salute to Jewish Educators was a wonderful experience again this year. We had over 250 people from across the spectrum of the Milwaukee Jewish community participate. It was a great feeling to recognize all of our hard working teachers and to celebrate their success...

March 12, 2018

The Milwaukee Jewish Federation’s Education Task Force recommended that we establish a grants process for supporting innovation in Jewish education. We are thrilled to announce that, after much work with our committee of educators and lay leaders, the Education Innovat...

Watching the news the past two weeks, between the tragedy in Parkland, Florida and teachers strikes in West Virginia, has made me reflect once again on the role of teachers, how hard they work, how little they are paid, and how invaluable they are to society. The graph...

February 26, 2018

Teaching opportunities are all around us. Seize the moment and take that minute or two for instruction or review. There are many ways to stimulate a child’s thinking, have them question things, or to enhance their learning.

Like many families, taking their youngsters to...

February 20, 2018

As a 22 year old recent college graduate, I feel like I still have a lot to learn about this whole “adulting” shpiel. I cannot help but feel a little frustrated by the fact that in my 18+ years as a student I never learned how to do my taxes, change a tire, or how to i...

February 13, 2018

Each day, as I walk into Gan Ami, I marvel at the beauty of our community of young learners.  When I open the door into one of our infant rooms, I am nearly speechless from the beauty and gentleness of what happens with educators and our tiniest students.

To many, infan...

February 5, 2018

Photo credit Mequon Jewish Preschool.

From the moment we are born our sense of self starts the journey of establishing itself, and the same process happens for any system, and educational systems in particular. From the first day, its identity that until then was just...

January 29, 2018

Rabbi Edelman with students.

One of my favorite teaching memories is from when I taught preschool years ago, and was leading a class of 3 year-olds to look at the inside of a real Torah after a unit on Simchat Torah. We had passed around a stuffed Torah during davening...

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