Dialogue on Jewish Education from The Davidson School 

“Jews Don’t Talk about God”:
Overcoming the Discomfort to Help Students Discover What They Believe


Welcome to Gleanings, the ejournal of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary. Please join us in the conversation about this important issue by sending your comments or questions to Janette Silverman, outreach director at The Davidson School.

“God was in this place, and I, I did not know.” Bereishit 28:16

This issue of Gleanings focuses on God in Jewish education, and explores questions such as:

  • To what extent do we, as Jewish educators, engage in conversations about God?
  • What are the impediments to teaching seriously about God and theology?
  • What are the methodologies used by educators to help students speak about God, and why are some more successful than others?

Avoiding Talking about God? What Can We Do about It?
Elana Kanter is a member of the first class of women to study for the rabbinate at The Jewish Theological Seminary; she was ordained in 1989.

Bringing God into Complementary School Classrooms
Sara Stave Beckerman holds an MA (’04) in Jewish Education from The Davidson School.

Beyond the Doubt Box: Voices from the Field Reflect on Engaging in God Talk
Ilisa Cappell
is associate director of the Schechter Day School Network. She  holds an MA (’07) in Jewish Education from the Davidson School.
and is an alumna of the Day School Leadership Training Institute.

Talking about God in Jewish Education
Steven Brown  is a program officer at AVICHAI North America. He was dean of The Davidson School from 2003 to 2008.

Reflections on Teaching about God in Preservice In-Service, and Student Learning
Alvan Kaunfer
received a doctoral degree in Jewish Education and his ordination at The Jewish Theological Seminary. He is a Tanakh educator consultant for the Jewish Day School Standards and Benchmarks project of The Davidson School.

Sarah Tauber is assistant professor of Jewish Education at The Davidson School, coordinates The Davidson School’s Educational Leadership Practicum, and is a research consultant for The Davidson School’s ReFrame: Experiential Education in Congregational Schools initiative.

The Nun Who Brought God to Ramah
Jacob Cytryn is the director of Camp Ramah in Wisconsin. and
Sister Mary Ellen Coombe is associate director of the Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs in the Archdiocese of Chicago

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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