Institute addresses Southern Jewish educational needs



Source: Jewish Herald-Voice, 7-6-11

ISJL education fellows Michelle Blumenthal and Reva Frankel spend their time developing curriculum and programming for individual congregation and community needs.

Growing number of Houston-area congregations adopting ISJL’s congregational school curriculum

American Jewish communities, across movements and state lines, should be on the same page in terms of congregational-school curriculum, according to the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life.

The ISJL held its 10th annual education conference June 26-28 at its home base in Jackson, Miss. Nearly 160 attendees, representing 65 different congregations across a 13-state region, convened under the central theme of “Go and Teach: Tzei V’lameid.”

“The more diversity of congregations we have, the more opportunity we have to bring more minds to the table,” said ISJL director/CEO Macy B. Hart, in an interview with the JH-V.

The conference encouraged community-building and networking among ISJL’s diverse user base.

Attendees learned how to implement the institute’s innovative kindergarten through high school curriculum, which is based upon a secular education “standardization” approach that teaches a common body of Jewish knowledge to religious school students throughout the region.

Conference-goers participated in breakout sessions and specialty tracks geared toward school directors, new and veteran teachers and Hebrew instructors. They also worked with ISJL’s nine education fellows, who serve the institute’s communities throughout the year….READ MORE

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