The State of the Obvious Reply

Joel Grishaver

koren_matovu_062909_380pxHebrew School is supposed to teach Hebrew. For a short period after the 6-Day war and in sporadic occurrences Hebrew Schools have tried “Modern Hebrew.” Now Hebrew has mainly meant “Prayerbook Hebrew.” The most recent, most successful, and currently popular of these modern Hebrew programs came out of Cleveland (thank you, Nechama and Lifsa) is called Hebrew Through Movement and is pedagogically sound. However “Prayerbook Hebrew” is still granted most favored nation status and there is a logic to this.



Modalities for Teaching Tefillah with PrayerTech Reply

Joel Grishaver has been spending some time on the phone talking to educators who have adopted PrayerTech for their schools. His conversations centered on the ways they are teaching tefillah, and how PrayerTech fits into their model. He talked to William Hertzfeld, the Hebrew Help and Kesher Coordinator at Temple Shaarey Tefila in Bedford Corners, New York.

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Torah: Seven Faces—Seven Ways Reply

Idie Benjamin and Dale Sides Cooperman

Dale Sides Cooperman and Idie BenjaminThe fall is a time of endings and beginning. The cycle of the year begins anew. Summer ends, and school begins. We say goodbye to old friends and make new friends. New-ness permeates everything we do. We even begin anew, with another year of the Torah reading cycle.


Happening on JEDLAB Reply


Peter Eckstein

Peter EcksteinWith close to 5700 members, JEDLAB is evolving. When it formed over 2 years ago, its mission was to explore new, innovative approaches to Jewish education….to be a laboratory where ideas could be tested. It was to be a safe place where educators, folks interested in Jewish education, stake holders, students and others could meet and push the envelope of current Jewish educational practice.