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Community Learning

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Community Learning Resources

News and Blogs

How Judaism Elevates Modern Discourse: The Topic at the Table for Chesapeake Day of Learning

The 2018 Chesapeake Day of Learning addressed difficult conversations in progressive Jewish communities.

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Surviving in the One-Room Schoolhouse

In this classic article, Rabbi Julie Greenberg explores successful mixed-age classrooms in Jewish schools. 

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Hashkiveinu, Prayer and Connection: A Lesson for Use With Siddur Kol Hano'ar

This lesson helps children and adults delve into the meaning and feeling of the Hashkiveinu prayer.

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The Four Children Count the Omer

A classroom activity framing the Counting of the Omer in the content of the Four Children of the Passover seder.

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Educating Future Jews: Jewish-Americans or American Jews?

Should children receiving conflicting, non-Jewish, religious education be allowed to enroll in a synagogue school? This question is at core about the differences between how the individual is seen by the community, his status, and how the individual sees herself, her identity

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The Life of Reconstructionist Educators in the Digital Age

This short article reflects on the challenges and opportunities presented by digital technology in Reconstructionist education. 

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A Child's Biography of Mordecai Kaplan

This short biography of Mordecai Kaplan is written for children from 5th to 9th grade.

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Kaplanian Report Card: An Evaluation Tool for Jewish Education

This evaluation tool provides a rubric for assessing the contemporary state of Jewish education

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Bar/Bat Mitzvah Family Education Series

This three-part family education series addresses issues related to bar/bat mitzvah. It is designed for a large group of parents and students and uses active learning exercises. It covers issues around Jewish identity, the meaning of bar/bat mitzvah, and common concerns that parents and students have about the process.

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Jewish Peoplehood: Educational Resources

Rabbi Jeffrey Schein has created this suite of educational resources on Jewish peoplehood, under the auspices of the Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood.

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Online Interactive Study Guide for Parashat Yitro

An example of an interactive study guide using simple online tools.

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Mishnah Impossible

This is a hands-on, team activity for the week before Sukkot that allows students to build sukkot according to instructions given in the Mishnah.

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A Jewish Approach to Discipline

Jewish values and practical strategies for improving classroom discipline in supplemental religious schools

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Introduction to Midrash (5th Grade and Up)

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.

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Herzl Play, Monologue and Activities (Grades 4-7)

A play and activities on the life and values of Zionist pioneer Theodor Herzl

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