This page highlights some creative approaches to Israel education. The title of each guideline ends in "-ate." This is an English approximation of the Hebrew word "et," that means "time", a concept emphasized in the piece's opening quote from Kohelet. The assumption behind these guidelines is that "taking the time to make it real" can pay off in more compelling Israel educational programming.
This Yom Ha'atzma'ut ceremony was designed by Rabbi Rebecca Lillian. It includes poetry, readings and song.
Topics: Education, Holiday Resources, Teaching Israel, Synagogue Programs, Israel: Culture, Reconstructionist Judaism
This annotated list includes many web links and one book about Tu B'Shevat for children and adults. It offers background information, history, stories, activities, seder readings and more.
This article encourages communities to draw on ancient and contemporary texts as they develop and articulate their values.
A frank exploration of the purpose of religious school and how conflicts between religious status and identity can be addressed by Reconstructionist congregations. Are we teaching our children to approach American culture and values from a Jewish perspective or are we teaching them to explore Jewish culture and values from an American perspective?
These mission statements describe the goals of four Reconstructionist religious schools.
This document provides a broad overview of Reconstructionist Judaism; it also provides basic administrative information to religious school teachers.
Type: Teacher Training
This is a list of diverse Israeli organizations that protect women's rights. The study questions encourage students to learn more about women's organizations in their own area.
Type: Class Activity
This lesson about the Garden of Eden encourages students to generate their own midrash. It models an approach that can be applied to other Torah texts.
Type: Lesson Plan
Rabbi Jeffrey Schein and Deb Schein describe their assumptions and search for a metaphor to describe the groundbreaking work they are doing in bringing the philosophy of early childhood education from the Reggio Emilia approach in Italy to Jewish early childhood education in North America.