Dialogue on Jewish Education from The Davidson School 


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“Turn it and turn it, since everything is in it. And in it should you look, and grow old and be worn; and from it do not move, since there is no characteristic greater than it.” (Pirkei Avot 5:22)

At the core of our tradition sits a collection of sacred texts which inform and inspire Jewish action. Our texts contain insights into the history of the Jewish people and the world at large, and a code for living a meaningful life. Engaging in text study not only reveals these insights, but is also a practice that cultivates critical thinking, dialogue, teamwork, initiative, and reflection.

The art and science of text study is an area in which many scholars and practitioners affiliated with The Davidson School devote their time, attention, and passion. We are particularly excited to have launched an initiative creating the first ever compendium of standards and benchmarks for the teaching of rabbinic literature through our Jewish Day School Standards & Benchmarks Project. We are honored to steward this project in partnership with leadership teams from over 15 day schools, scholars, and leaders across academic institutions and agencies throughout North America and across all denominational lines. To sit with them is to truly feel the roots in the legacy of the Jewish beit midrash!

We hope you enjoy the wide array of perspectives on the topic of Jewish text study contained in this edition of Gleanings.

Dr. Zachary Lasker
Director, Melton Research & Education Projects

On Critical Thinking and the Teaching of Tanakh
Dr. Alex Sinclair

Avoiding the Around and About to Teach the Text
Sharon Freundel

Making it Personal
David Wolkin (DS '07)

“From the Intuitive to the Intentional”: Designing a Constructivist Online Course
Dr. Ofra Backenroth (DS EdD '04) and Dr. Meredith Katz

Reflecting on Why I Teach Jewish Text
Nancy Rosen

God Is Uno
Sara Beth Berman (DS '09)

Teaching High School Talmud: Making the Text Accessible While Keeping the Challenge Authentic
Rabbi Dahlia Kronish (RS '05, DS '05)

Making Choices: Yom Kippur is Upon Us, What Text Should I Teach?
Dr. Marjorie Lehman

MA DSLTI Ivriyon Standards and Benchmarks
MA Degree DSLTI Ivriyon Standards and Benchmarks


Gleanings Editorial Committee
Dr. Zachary Lasker, Director, Educational Projects, Melton Research Center and The Davidson School
Dr. Ofra Backenroth, Associate Dean and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jewish Education, The Davidson School
Rachel Cahn, Senior Manager of Communications, The Davidson School
Debbie Kerschner, Operations Manager, The Davidson School
Mark S. Young, Director of Alumni Engagement, The Davidson School

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