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.

"Boredom is the great enemy of the spirit."
                      —The Wisdom of Heschel, 232

Does Your Prayer Service Induce Boredom, or Is It Engaging and Uplifting?

Gleanings is the ejournal of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary. This issue focuses on enhancing liturgical skills and knowledge and imbuing the experience of prayer with spirituality. Please join us in the conversation about this important issue: add your comments to the Gleanings blog or send them to jasilverman@jtsa.edu.


Gleanings: Developing and Enhancing Prayer Skills in Jewish Schools" from The Davidson School 
Fall 2014, Volume I, Issue 3

Tefillah as Compelling Experience—Challenges and Successes
Deborah Miller is associate director of the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education of The Davidson School.

Educators as First Responders
Sarah Tauber is an assistant professor of Jewish Education at The Davidson School. Jonathan Lipnick is rabbi-in-residence at The Davidson School, where he advises students on personal religious growth.

Knowing Too Much and Not Enough: The Prayer Quandary
Elie Kaunfer 
is the executive director of Mechon Hadar. Rabbi Kaunfer has earned multiple degrees at JTS, including rabbinic ordination.

Prayer-ful Students
Nancy Parkes is the director of congregational learning at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, New York. She received her master's degree in Jewish Education at The Davidson School, where she remains actively involved.  

Slow It Down, Speed It Up
Israel Gordan 
is cantor and director of synagogue programming and religious school innovation at the Huntington Jewish Center in Huntington, New York.  He is a graduate of both the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and The Davidson School of JTS.

Engaging the Worshipper Through Music: Walking the Line Between Novelty and Tradition
Mike Weis 
is cantor of the Brotherhood Synagogue in New York City. He is a graduate of both the H. L. Miller Cantorial School and The Davidson School.

A New Model for Prayer in a Pluralistic Day School
Carol Rubin
 is the director of Jewish life at Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School in St. Louis, Missouri, which utilizes the guidelines of the Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks Project of The Davidson School.

Engagement with Tefillah
Oren Kaunfer 
is madrikh ruchani (spiritual educator) at JCDS, Boston's Jewish Community Day School. He attended Camp Ramah and was a member of United Synagogue Youth.

Gleanings Editorial Committee
Dr. Janette Silverman
, Outreach Director, The Davidson School
Dr. Zachary Lasker, Director, Educational Projects, Melton Research Center and The Davidson School
Dr. Deborah Miller, Associate Director, Melton Research Center
Dr. Ofra Backenroth, Associate Dean and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jewish Education, The Davidson School   

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