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


How We Tell Our Stories

16 December 2016  16 Kislev 5777    Shalom Chaverim,   Last night I was mesmerized once again by a Gann student theatrical production, this time of the George Bernard Shaw classic, St. Joan. Our students’ depth, sophistication, talent, and tremendous hard work were on display in our Bernice Krupp Black Box Theater in a show that… Continue reading How We Tell Our Stories

Researchers and Soul Searchers

9 December 2016  9 Kislev 5777    This week I observed an exquisite example of what the educational world calls “project-based learning,” driven by a task with real-world consequences.   Around the corner from Gann (or just through the woods, if you take a short-cut) is the site of The Fernald School. Before it was closed… Continue reading Researchers and Soul Searchers

Weekly Message 5-23-08

May 23, 2008  18 Iyar 5768 – Lag B’Omer    Shalom Chaverim,  Laughter and joy filled the Black Box Theater and the rest of the school last night as our students wowed our community in Playhem, a collection of one-act plays that were produced, directed and acted entirely by students. Audiences roared with applause and… Continue reading Weekly Message 5-23-08

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 11-30-07

11/30/07    Shalom Chaverim,  I must admit that I have been waiting for this week's Parshat Hashavua (Torah Portion) for months now. This week we read Parshat Vayeshev, which begins several weeks of one of the most beautiful stories in the Torah, the story of Joseph and his brothers. I always look forward to this… Continue reading Weekly Message 11-30-07

Weekly Message 11-9-07

11/9/07    Shalom Chaverim.   What a week this has been!   One highlight of the week was our guest speaker on Wednesday. Shira Springer, sportswriter for the Boston Globe, spoke to our school community about ethics and journalism. I am thrilled to report that Shira already has plans to return to Gann for a smaller meeting… Continue reading Weekly Message 11-9-07

Weekly Message 2-13-09

13 February 2009  19 Shevat 5769  Shalom Chaverim,  From whom and from where do we and our children learn about character, values and spirituality? Sometimes, we learn from concrete articulations of values in the form of rules, such as a handbook, a constitution, or, in this week’s Torah portion, Aseret HaDibrot (The Ten Commandments/Ten Utterances… Continue reading Weekly Message 2-13-09

Weekly Message 1-9-09

9 January 2009  13 Tevet 5769  Shalom Chaverim,  As we returned to school this week, rested and restored by the winter break, friends reconnected, learning resumed, sports teams competed, rehearsals began. The school is abuzz with renewed energy and excitement. Yet, as I said to our community this week, while we return to our normal… Continue reading Weekly Message 1-9-09

Weekly Message 11-7-08

7 November 2008  9 Cheshvan 5769   Shalom Chaverim,   I am inspired by our school’s mission and energized by my relationships and interactions with our students and I was reminded, by two separate experiences this week, why I love my work and look forward to coming to school every day.    On Tuesday night I attended the… Continue reading Weekly Message 11-7-08