Rebecca Nadis

The Graduate School

Hometown: Farmington Hills, Michigan

Degree program, JTS: Master of Arts in Jewish History and Jewish Education (Dual Degree)

Education: Bachelor of Arts in History, University of Michigan

Extracurricular/cocurricular activities:
I am currently working as a kitah dalet teacher in the Children's Learning Program at Kolot Chayeinu in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I am also working for journalist, photographer, and humanitarian Ruth Gruber: along with another JTS graduate student, I have been cataloging her decades' worth of papers, correspondence, photographs, and writings for preservation in an archive or other respository.

Favorite class at JTS: Last semester, I took Foundations of Jewish Education with Dr. Aryeh Davidson. This class covers the trends, development, visions, visionaries, failures, and successes of Jewish education in the United States. This course was particularly good because of the intimate setting (only 10 students) and the diversity of the students, who came from all the schools of JTS.

Best JTS experience: The best experiences I have had since coming to JTS are the day-to-day conversations, discussions, and debates I have with my fellow students. One of the most wonderful aspects of JTS is that people here are talking and thinking about what I want to be talking and thinking about. I am surrounded by a community of peers and instructors who are invested in the same vision of the future as I am.  

Three favorite things about living in New York City: First, things are open late. Where I am from, most places close by 9:00 p.m. Second, the streets here are in a grid. I have a terrible sense of direction, and the logical layout of the city means I get lost much less often than usual. Third, the diversity of the Jewish community is great. While the sheer number of choices can be overwhelming at times, the variety and diversity of opportunities for Jewish life in New York City are extraordinary. For someone pursuing a career in Jewish education, the community here provides both comfortable, familiar Jewish experiences and the space to test out new ventures and ideas.

After JTS (I plan to) . . . teach in a Jewish day school. Whether in the classroom or through administrative work later on, I intend to help broaden the reach of high-quality Jewish education so that every child and adult has access to our rich and compelling tradition.

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