Jewish Education Blog

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...

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...

October 2, 2017

The fall holidays are over right?

Wrong.

We’ve just gotten started.

Now that the heavy lifting of teshuva (repentance) is done and we have all been forgiven, we can celebrate with a clean slate.

Enter Sukkot the most joyous holiday on the Jewish calendar. Sukkot is the onl...

September 18, 2017

The holiday is almost here! (This year Rosh Hashanah begins Wednesday night, September 20 at sundown). Here are answers to 5 common questions your child (or friends) might ask you about Rosh Hashanah.

Question: Why don’t Jews celebrate New Year’s on January 1 like every...

September 13, 2017

The holidays are almost here. It can be overwhelming to figure out how to celebrate as a family. Help is here. Below are six ways to make Rosh Hashanah more meaningful.

  1. Surround yourself with music for the holidays. There are so many wonderful Rosh Hashanah songs on...

September 5, 2017

 Photo from Mequon Jewish Preschool.

Did you go to preschool? I didn’t go to a Jewish preschool, but I remember watching a demolition crew tear down my preschool to make room for something else. I felt like someone punched me in the gut. All the memories in that buildin...

August 14, 2017

Picture is from Mequon Jewish Preschool.

In August, parents turn their attention to the coming school year. There are school supplies and new clothes to buy, new teachers to meet, schedules to coordinate. But where does Jewish education fall on your to-do list? The answ...

August 11, 2017

Students at Yeshiva Elementary Schoollearn together.

In one of the stranger episodes in my teen years, my father’s secretary (who was not Jewish) said to me, “I know why you and your siblings are so smart! You read Hebrew and it is backwards. It must exercise your brain...

One thing that makes Judaism different from other religions is that we are a big welcoming extended family with a deep history. For our Jewish family, everyone has the responsibility to remember the history. That is what Jewish education is all about: memory, identity,...

One summer I spent hours and hours planting a vegetable garden in my backyard. As anyone who has even done the same will tell you, it was hard work. There was a lot of weeding and watering before I saw any results. But before the end of the summer, there were vegetable...

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