Author of "Embracing Auschwitz" and "Mensch•Marks: Life Lessons of a Human Rabbi - Wisdom for Untethered Times." Winner of the Rockower Award, the highest honor in Jewish journalism and 2019 Religion News Association Award for Excellence in Commentary. Musings of a rabbi, journalist, father, husband, poodle-owner, Red Sox fan and self-proclaimed mensch, taken from essays, columns, sermons and thin air. Writes regularly in the New York Jewish Week and Times of Israel.
Monday, January 11, 2010
The Good News: Jewish Education in the '00s
This past decade had its share of bad news, something I've already documented in detail. But in the areas of Jewish education and use of technology, at least, these have been in many ways the best of times. Last week JESNA ("advancing Jewish learning, transforming Jewish lives") chose what it considers to be the best in Jewish education of the decade, a list that includes Birthright Israel and the P.J Library. My colleague Rabbi Jason Miller documents this list on his blog, and then proceeds to add his own list of the best innovations in Jewish education over the past decade, including such game changers as J-Date and the Jewish Outreach Institute. It's a list that I generally agree with. Check it out at http://blog.rabbijason.com/.
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Thanks for the reference to my blog Josh. I've had some interesting conversations based on my response to the JESNA list of the top innovations in Jewish education over the past ten years. If I had to pick a running theme throughout these innovations, it would be the use of technology. I firmly believe that religious groups have to capitalize on technological innovations (Web 2.0, social media, etc.) to be successful in the 21st century.
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