Gleanings: Portraits of Jewish Educational Leadership from the William Davidson School

Gleanings is the ejournal of the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish
Theological Seminary. Please join us in the conversation by sending your comments to gleanings@jtsa.edu.

Multicultural Pedagogies in Jewish Education

Welcome from the Dean

Welcome from the Dean

Shira D. Epstein, EdD

I am delighted to welcome you to the relaunch of Gleanings: “Portraits of Jewish Educational Leadership from the William Davidson School” in a fully online format. The theme of this issue, “Multicultural Pedagogies in Jewish Education,” highlights the ways in which four leaders are striving to respond to and meet the evolving needs of participants in residential summer camps, congregational schooling, and day schools. We remain true to the original vision of Gleanings, “introducing the cutting-edge principles, concepts, and programs that continue to be developed and implemented by the WDS” through profiles of trailblazers. In this issue, these professionals are enacting and modeling values of diversity and inclusion.

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Considering the Other/Toppling Monuments? Dr. Meredith Katz and the Jewish Court of All Time

Considering the Other/Toppling Monuments? Dr. Meredith Katz and the Jewish Court of All Time

After implementing four previous versions of the Jewish Court of All Time (JCAT), a 10-week online simulation for Jewish middle school students, the organizers knew it was time to put race and racism on the pedagogic table. According to William Davidson School faculty member Dr. Meredith Katz, JCAT’s project director, “we really wanted to ask, how do students in Jewish day schools engage in conversation with those who are different from them, particularly around racial identity?” With generous funding from The Covenant Foundation, JCAT is moving towards its newest application in fall 2021.

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Speaking Out and Standing in Relation with Alumni Engagement: Orlea Miller

Speaking Out and Standing in Relation with Alumni Engagement: Orlea Miller

What happens when you are offered an alumni relations job at a school that is beloved by generations of graduates just after it decides to change its name? “You make sure to open up lines of communication,” said Orlea Miller, a 2019 William Davidson School MA graduate with a concentration in educational leadership.

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Diversity Around the Campfire: Rabbi Isaac Saposnik and Camp Havaya

Diversity Around the Campfire: Rabbi Isaac Saposnik and Camp Havaya

It is hard to separate Rabbi Isaac Saposnik from the summer camp where he has worked for the past 19 years, Camp Havaya. Camp Havaya, established originally as Camp JRF, is an overnight camp where “everyone is celebrated for all the parts of who they are.” Multiculturalism and diversity are at the core of the experience for approximately 400 campers from all over.

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Jewish Identity: Discovering Her Voice: Yanira Quinones

Jewish Identity: Discovering Her Voice: Yanira Quinones

When Yanira Quinones was growing up in one of the few Puerto Rican families in Riverdale, she used to spy on her next-door neighbors’ Shabbat dinners on warm Friday nights. The melody of Shalom Aleichem called to her, and when she heard the same tune decades later at a Kabbalat Shabbat service with her Jewish husband, she took it as a sign.

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William Davidson School Alumni News

William Davidson School Alumni News

What’s new with our William Davidson School alums?

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Gleanings Archive

Striving for Shlemut—Realizing Our New Paradigm for Jewish Education
(Summer 2019)

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