Sigal Hirsch

William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education and The Graduate School

Roslyn, New York

JTS Degree Program: Master of Arts, Jewish Education; Master of Arts, Jewish History

After JTS: (I plan to) work in a Jewish day school. I would like to teach Jewish history, and develop Judaic studies curricula. I look forward to bringing experiential education to day school settings to enable students to have interesting and engaging learning experiences. 

Extracurricular/Cocurricular Activities: I currently teach at the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City as a third-grade Hebrew and Judaic Studies teacher, and work as a youth director at Congregation Or Zarua. I also play basketball in a sports league. 

Internship(s): Next year, I will be student teaching at the Schechter School of Long Island. 

Favorite Class at JTS: Foundations of Jewish Education with Dr. Aryeh Davidson. The class allowed us to explore the history of Jewish education, in addition to progressive educational theory. Dr. Davidson allowed us to explore our own interests and ideas, while providing us a lens through which to develop our thoughts.   

Best JTS Experience: When my peers planned lessons and taught them to me and my fellow classmates. Not only did I have the opportunity to learn from my teachers, but also from my colleagues at JTS. 

Three Favorite Things About Living in New York City: First, how many people there are here and how diverse the city is. I love being surrounded by people at all hours. Second, public transportation in NYC is great. It is so easy to get around, and everything feels so close. Third, there are countless museums, restaurants, shows, and fun things to do. It is just about impossible to get bored while living in New York City.