David Bryfman;  Facebook is possibly the most significant advancement in Jewish education in several decades. In 2011 one needs Facebook almost more than anything else if your desire is to offer the...Read More
Recent research reveals that people are more capable of mental novelty when thinking on behalf of others than for themselves. This has far-reaching practical implications at every level of business. Read More:
Interesting to think about how this could be applied in Jewish education
And here is Andy Bachmans response to:
"Life After a Zionist Summer Camp" by Allison Benedikt and
"Giving Up on the Zionist Dream" by Jeffrey Goldberg
The Awl has just posted a piece by Village Voice film editor Allison Benedikt called "Life After Zionist Summer Camp," which interested me, because I went to Zionist summer camp (not the bourgeois Zionist camp she went to, but a whacked-out socialist Zionist commune) and because I'm name-checked toward the end of the piece. I'm not exactly sure why I'm name-checked, but apparently I have helped open the mind of Benedikt's mother to the moral complexity of the Middle East (or something). Essentially, the essay is about Benedikt falling out of love with the Zionist dream, which happens as she marries a non-Jew named John, who, by her description, spends a fair amount of time passing judgment on Israel.  Read More:
The following story was originally posted in The AWL. The author, Allison Benedikt,  is a film editor for The Village Voice. 
As an educator, I find her essay interesting; it serves as a window into the path of one Jewish individual . The educational community often looses tabs on people once they stop being engaged in Jewish life, and this essay serves as a window into one path.

It starts at a very young age. The summer after third grade, my parents sent me to Jewish sleepaway camp. I was deeply homesick at first and cried a lot in my bunk bed, but by the end of the month I didn't want to leave. So I went back, summer after summer—boarding the plane with a few other Jewish kids from my hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, and flying to Appleton, Wisconsin, with a stop-over at O'Hare, where a volunteer from Hadassah would meet us at the gate and try to keep us from the moo shu pork at Wok-N-Roll. Read More:

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Every educator in the world knows that the earlier in a child’s education, the more the child will learn and absorb. According to countless studies that have been carried out, we know that the most important stage for influencing Jewish identity and Israel engagement is the high school age. Therefore, bringing teens to Israel en masse on educational high school age programs will create a stronger bond with Israel and therefore Jewish continuity is perpetuated. Read More:

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