Jewish Education Blog

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...

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...

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...

August 28, 2017

Pictured: Shinshin working with Hebrew school students at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid School of Jewish Studies.

I don’t know about other Hebrew schools, but for me (35 years ago) Hebrew school wasn't always the most fun place to be. But times are changing! Today,...

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...

Jewish education has changed. What my brother described is not what I see in the Milwaukee area supplementary schools (Sunday schools and Hebrew Schools).

July 17, 2017

What are your earliest memories? They are probably related to home and family. Many times these early memories are connected with a strong emotion, whether positive or negative. What do we want our children’s earliest memories to be?

One of my earliest memories is of my...

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