HAYIDION The Prizmah Journal


Educational Innovation

Educational Innovation

The articles in this issue represent the balance between the old and the new, sacred and profane embodied in Jewish history. The issue tells the story of the drive for innovation in modern education that has gained strength in recent decades. It features efforts to learn from, adopt and adapt innovative programs and pedagogies from the larger educational universe, even as authors advise caution, patience and planning around such changes.

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Making Spirituality Concrete for Children

by Julie J. Schimmel, Third Grade Judaic and Hebrew Teacher Nov 19, 2019 The Jacob Pressman Academy of Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles

By its very nature, spirituality is abstract, hard for students to grasp; we must find ways to make children experience spirituality so that they will relate to it, love it and view everyday events in a spiritual manner. I define spirituality with respect to children as connecting to God and themselves in a deep way by singing and learning about the tefillot. The goal of spirituality is cultivating in our students a positive and enriching kavanah, or intention, that facilitates a connection to God through tefillah.

Tefillah: An Inner Exploration

by Rabbi Michael Ribalt, Assistant Principal, Judaic Studies, Elementary Division Nov 19, 2019 Yeshiva of Central Queens

Tefillah education is a vital part of Jewish education. Many schools work tirelessly on modeling proper tefillah for their students, hoping that they will pick up on good habits and develop a strong connection with Hashem. In YCQ, we are working on two major aspects of tefillah: the messages and knowledge one needs to have before engaging in tefillah, and the words and procedure of tefillah itself.