Ben Greenberg was already familiar with the campus of The Jewish Theological Seminary before arriving at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, having attended Schechter Day School when it was located at JTS.
Now, several years later, with an undergraduate degree in History and Judaic Studies from SUNY Binghamton under his belt, Ben has returned to JTS, where he finds The Davidson School's programs to be a natural fit.
While working as the teen director at the Manhattan Jewish Community Center, in charge of social programming for teenagers, Ben realized that he wanted to continue working with young people. When an intern at the JCC who was a Davidson School student recommended the school's programs, Ben took a closer look at JTS. The more he researched, the more he felt The Davidson School would be the best place to continue his educational journey.
Now in his second year as a JTS student, Ben is working on his graduate degree in Jewish Education with a concentration in day school education, while also earning credits at The Graduate School of JTS towards a second master's degree in Modern Jewish History. Here he has the resources for all of his academic interests. "I wanted to combine my passion for Judaism and my passion for teaching; history teachers have such a great opportunity to open their students' eyes to new ways of thinking and new perspectives," Ben says.
Part of Ben's enthusiasm stems from the warmth of the JTS community. "The people at The Davidson School are warm and accommodating, and the professors really care about how you are doing as a student academically and personally," Ben says, adding, "And I also love the Dining Hall for the great food and opportunity to share ideas with my classmates and professors."
By using so many of the resources available at JTS to his advantage, Ben is constructing an educational experience that, from the course work to the kosher dining options, will truly provide ample food for thought.