Jewish Inspiration

Spring 2017
אביב תשע״ז

Jewish Inspiration

Prizmah Columns

From the CEO: Inspiring Each Other

Paul Bernstein

From the Board: Inspiring Jewish Day Schools

Kathy Manning

Lessons from Pixar Studios: Staying Animated in Leadership

Dr. Miriam Heller Stern
In This Issue

In the Issue: Jewish Inspiration

Elliott Rabin, Editor

I lift up my eyes unto the mountains—from whence cometh my help? Psalm 121:1

The ancient Roman poets divided into two camps over the question of the proper method for writing poetry. A first group of poets, who called themselves water drinkers, claimed that good poems come from poets who work soberly to refine their craft and master poetic form, one word and verse at a time. Hard work is the only path to excellence. A second group, the self-proclaimed wine drinkers, rejected this method as hack...

About This Issue
HaYidion Jewish Inspiration Spring 2017

Day schools aim to transmit a passion for Judaism to their students. Parents send their children to day school because they want them to cultivate a love of Judaism in all its dimensions. The articles in this issue explore the vital but elusive notion of Jewish inspiration from various angles. How do we define it, measure it, and recognize when we've achieved it? What does a school need to do to become a place that inspires students, faculty and all who work there? In what ways can schools undertake a process of change to improve in their work of inspiring students? And what do students and alumni tell us inspired them? Come to read, learn and be inspired for your work in Jewish education. 

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Inspiring Schools
Rabbi Aryeh Ben David
Rabbi Daniel Alter
Dr. Harry Bloom
Erica Cabag and Alexandra Somers Lahr
Interview with Kevin Carroll, Communicator/Change Agent/Creative Catalyst
Alumni Inspired by Teachers
Jodie Applebaum

Articles From This Issue

  • The Keva and Kavannah of Inspiration: Intergrade Partnerships
    Barbara Gereboff and Larry Kligman
  • Commentary: Soul Doctors
    Dr. Dan Glass, Avi Baran Munro, Rabbi Yehuda Jeiger, Naomi Lev
  • Bringing Talmud Study to Life: Inspiration, Authenticity and Torah Lishmah
    Yehuda Chanales
  • Innovation Alley: Taking it Personally: What it Really Means for Students to Own the Learning
    Dr. Jon Mitzmacher
  • The Arab/Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Source of Inspiration?
    Dr. Galia Avidar
  • The Advice Booth: Teachers Teaching Teachers
    Melanie Eisen
  • Setting the Stage for Hebrew Learning
    Rabbi Dr. Barry Kislowicz
  • From the Board: Inspiring Jewish Day Schools
    Kathy Manning
  • Middle School Social Justice Trips Bring Meaning to Young Teens
    Cheryl Maayan
  • From the CEO: Inspiring Each Other
    Paul Bernstein
  • Using Innovative Educational Methodologies to Improve Jewish and Israel Studies
    Jonathan Cannon and Alanna Kotler
  • In the Issue: Jewish Inspiration
    Elliott Rabin, Editor
  • Confronting the Religious Apathy Crisis: A Schoolwide Program for Religious Growth
    Melissa Perl and Aaron Horn
  • The Red Rubber Ball: Passion and Creativity
    Interview with Kevin Carroll, Communicator/Change Agent/Creative Catalyst
  • How Judaism Inspires Us
    Erica Cabag and Alexandra Somers Lahr
  • Masa lePolin: Inspiring Parents and Donors, in Order to Inspire Students
    Rabbi Harry Pell
  • A Kind and Captivating Voice
    Marlie Thompson
  • Inspiring Day School Alumni
    Dr. Harry Bloom
  • Building Castles in the Sky
    Micah Hyman
  • The Inspiration Trap
    Rabbi Daniel Alter
  • The Spark That Lit My Future
    Sophie Ostrow
  • Becoming a “School of Becoming”
    Rabbi Aryeh Ben David
  • A Giving Teacher
    Jodie Applebaum
  • Lessons from Pixar Studios: Staying Animated in Leadership
    Dr. Miriam Heller Stern
  • A Memorable Middle School Mentor
    Shimshon Dicker
  • On My Nightstand: Books Prizmah Staff Are Reading
    Alisha Goodman, Silvia Tolisano, Amy Wasser, Maccabee Avishur
  • Teaching with Love and Faith
    Meredith Diskin
  • Spotlight on... edJEWCon
    Andrea Hernandez