The Meaning of Pluralism in a Jewish High School

Introduction  For the past four years I have been in what you might call a polemic, or perhaps even a disputation, with a friend and colleague of mine, a religious leader, from Atlanta. This religious leader is fond of speaking from the pulpit about the perils of pluralism – indeed, he perceives pluralism as both… Continue reading The Meaning of Pluralism in a Jewish High School

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Planting Trees

18 November 2016  17 Heshvan 5777    Shalom Chaverim,   I just returned from a two-day trip to Israel, where I visited places and people with whom Gann is building collaborative partnerships, spent time with Gann alumni, and—the reason for the trip—joined our nearly 30 Gann juniors for the final days of their Israel experience.   On… Continue reading Planting Trees

Weekly Message 5-9-08

May 9, 2008  4 Iyar 5768    After celebrating Rosh Chodesh (the New Month of) Iyar on Monday and Tuesday, the rest of our week focused on our community’s identification with the State of Israel and all who live there. Together with our Jewish brothers and sisters around the world, we commemorated Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s… Continue reading Weekly Message 5-9-08

Weekly Message 10-12-07

10 12 07    Shalom Chaverim.     This week, during Community Block (a rotating block that creates time in the schedule for clubs and student organizations to meet, for students to meet with teachers, or for other special community meetings), our school community met to ratify a constitution for our Va'ad Hamishpat (Student-Faculty Disciplinary… Continue reading Weekly Message 10-12-07

Weekly Message 3-20-09

20 March 2009  24 Adar 5769  Shalom Chaverim,  As we read and hear stories from our students around the country, on day trips, and here at Exploration University, I am reminded that Exploration Week is much more than a break from our normal routine. This week, our students cooked gourmet food, sewed quilts, played lacrosse;… Continue reading Weekly Message 3-20-09

Weekly Message 2-20-09

20 February 2009  26 Shevat 5769  Shalom Chaverim,  One of my many humbling learning experiences as a first year teacher occurred during a conference with my mentor, Barbara, after she observed one of my classes. I was fresh out of Yeshiva, passionate about learning and teaching Torah, and convinced that my excitement and my energy,… Continue reading Weekly Message 2-20-09

Weekly Message 5-28-10

28 May 2010  15 Sivan 5770   Shalom Chaverim,  I thought I fully understood why the havdalah candle (the three-stranded, three-wicked candle used in the ceremony marking the end of Shabbat) is such a perfect symbol for Gann Academy. The multiple interwoven strands of the candle beautifully represent the diversity of our pluralistic community and the… Continue reading Weekly Message 5-28-10

Weekly Message 10-29-10

29 October 2010 21 Cheshvan 5771 Shalom Chaverim, Surrounded by colleagues, I spent this week deeply engaged in the challenges and opportunities facing the Jewish Day School field. During the first half of the week, I attended the PEJE (Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education) conference, where over 1,000 professional and lay leaders, foundation representatives,… Continue reading Weekly Message 10-29-10

Weekly Message 10-19-12

19 October 2012   3 Cheshvan 5773     Shalom Chaverim,   This was a special week for me as I was invited to participate in two national conversations about the future of Jewish education. On Sunday I spoke on a panel at the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education… Continue reading Weekly Message 10-19-12

The Pew Survey: What Questions Should We Be Asking Ourselves?

11 October 2013   7 Cheshvan 5774    Shalom Chaverim,   While the government shutdown has dominated the news media for the past two weeks, American Jews are in hysteria over the Pew Research Center’s survey, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans.” I won’t site statistics here but suffice to say the survey highlights trends in American Jewish… Continue reading The Pew Survey: What Questions Should We Be Asking Ourselves?