GLEANINGS

Dialogue on Jewish Education from The Davidson School 

Welcome to Gleanings, the ejournal of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary.

A repository of ideas and exploration, theories and experience, and anecdotes and essays by teachers and other experts in the field of Jewish Education, Gleanings offers news and perspectives on the very best in the profession, and introduces the cutting-edge principles, concepts, and programs that continue to be developed and implemented by The Davidson School.

We hope you enjoy this second issue of Gleanings, which focuses on the goals and purposes of Israel education in honor of our celebration of Israel at this point in the calendar year. We look forward to your questions, thoughts, and comments. These may be directed to jasilverman@jtsa.edu

William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education  
of The Jewish Theological Seminary

Gleanings: The Goals and Purposes of Israel Education from The Davidson School
Spring 2014, Volume I, Issue 2

What Is Israel Education, and What Is Its Purpose?
Ofra Arieli Backenroth
is associate dean and adjunct assistant professor of Jewish Education at The Davidson School. 

The Complexity of "Complexity" in Israel Education
Alex Sinclair
is director of Programs in Israel Education and adjunct assistant professor of Jewish Education at The Davidson School.

Teaching an Accessible Israel
Dana Levinson is assistant director of Reshet Ramah: Alumni and Community Engagement, and received her MA in Jewish Education from The Davidson School. 

Why Should Jewish Early Childhood Educators Go to Israel?
Lyndall Miller, MEd, MAJEd, MSEd, is the director of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Leadership Institute.

Tour Guiding and Tour Education: Spot the Difference
Steve Israel made aliyah to a kibbutz in Israel in 1975. He has worked with students visiting Israel as part of The Davidson School's Visions and Voices of Israel Seminar. 

Reflections of a Birthright Poster Child
Andrea LeVine received her master's degree in Jewish Education from The Davidson School. She is the senior programmer and community organizer for Hillel at Tulane University.

Training for Mission: The Taglit-Birthright Israel Institute for Tour Educators
Scott Copeland
is the director of the Taglit-Birthright Israel Institute for Tour Educators. He has been a mentor and guest lecturer in The Davidson School's Kesher Hadash semester-in-Israel program.

Israel Education for the 21st Century: A Game Plan
Ami Hersh is assistant director of the Ramah Day Camp in Nyack, and a program director of the National Ramah Commission. He received rabbinic ordination at The Jewish Theological Seminary in 2012, and earned an MA in Jewish Education, with a concentration in Experiential Education, from the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of JTS in 2013.

A Few Streets and a World Away
Samantha Vinokor is completing a master's degree in Jewish Education at The Davidson School of JTS as an online student. 

Voices from the Field: Day School Israel Trips
Interviewer: Dr. Zachary Lasker is director of Education Projects for the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education and The Davidson School of JTS.
Interviewees: Tzivia Garfinkel is head of Judaic Studies at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School in Chicago, and Rabbi Harry Pell is rabbi-in-residence at Solomon Schechter School of Westchester in Westchester County, New York.

Download Gleanings: Winter 2014, Volume I, Issue I (PDF).

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