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...

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 24, 2018

As the Outreach Coordinator for the Milwaukee Jewish Federation I have the pleasure of working with a wide variety of people in our community that are looking to become involved in Jewish life in a new way. Whether I am grabbing coffee with newcomers to the city throug...

December 11, 2017

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” - you can try to read that without singing it but it’s hard.  Yes...Chanukah season is upon us and it is finally getting cold enough to feel like it.  Time to start grating your potatoes, find your Chanukiyah (Chanukah menora...

December 4, 2017

Photo Credit Bader Hillel High

There’s a famous joke about a synagogue with a mouse infestation problem. After trying various unsuccessful methods for removing the rodents, the congregation decides to give the mice bar mitzvahs, after which they were never seen again!


November 27, 2017

(Left to Right): Cheryl Moser, Abigail Pogrebin, Elana Karan, and WP President Eileen Graves at the Women’s Philanthropy annual meeting on May 17, 2017.

Some of my fondest memories are of celebrating Jewish holidays with my family – both growing up and now with a family...

November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday. But did you know that it has Jewish roots? The Pilgrims were religious people.When they wanted to celebrate their first harvest, they looked to the Bible for inspiration. They found the Jewish harvest festival of Suk...

October 9, 2017

Photo credit Mequon Jewish Preschool

Remember that book, the one you (or your child) wanted to hear again and again and again until everyone in the family knew it by heart? Hearing the story was a moment of joy each time. Sound familiar?

That’s the holiday of Simchat Tor...

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