Jewish Education Blog

Birthday's are a big deal for kids. As adults, somehow only the "milestones" get a lot of attention.

What about when places have birthday's?

I have vivid memories of the Bicentennial in the US. That year everything was bedecked in red, white, and blue.

I also have strong...

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...

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...

January 22, 2018

Julie Shlensky reads to her students at Congregation Shalom.

In addition to doing Torah Study with the Religious School during Sunday mornings, I have the pleasure of visiting individual classrooms, to speak about a Jewish tradition or teaching when our faculty is focus...

January 8, 2018

There is the old “saw” in education that says, ‘if I can reach just one student . . .”. I had that experience when I opened an email from a parent of our synagogue Sunday school, who sent me a photo of her second grade son. Here is a mother in an interfaith marriage, t...

December 22, 2017

On March 11, 2018 from 2:30-4 pm, the Milwaukee Jewish community will gather together to thank our local Jewish educators. This is a special event, not to be missed. Teachers from every Jewish school in Milwaukee will be recognized. In addition, there are some special...

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