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'Adapting: The Future of Jewish Education' is a podcast hosted by The Jewish Education Project. Hear CEO David Bryfman and a different guest each episode exploring the big questions, challenges, and successes that define Jewish education.

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'Adapting: The Future of Jewish Education' is a podcast hosted by The Jewish Education Project. Hear CEO David Bryfman and a different guest each episode exploring the big questions, challenges, and successes that define Jewish education.

    "Holy Wow" - Creating powerful moments through Jewish environmental education: Season 2, Episode 7

    "Holy Wow" - Creating powerful moments through Jewish environmental education: Season 2, Episode 7

    “This moment in history calls on us to think about what is our relationship with the natural world, which is G-d’s creation.” Jakir Manela, CEO of Hazon and Pearlstone, joins David Bryfman to share his views on Jewish environmentalism, the growing JOFEE (Jewish Outdoor Food Farming & Environmental Education) movement, and the fundamentally deep ties between Jewish tradition and the natural world. They discuss how to cultivate deep authentic Jewishness and universalism simultaneously, how Gen Z is driving sustainability conversations in the Jewish community and beyond, and how Jewish educators can help students embrace a sense of “holy wow.”

    • 37 min
    ​​​​​The quest to transform part-time Jewish education with Rabbi Nicki Greninger: Season 2, Episode 6

    ​​​​​The quest to transform part-time Jewish education with Rabbi Nicki Greninger: Season 2, Episode 6

    Join David Bryfman and Rabbi Nicki Greninger of Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, California for an animated conversation on what Rabbi Greninger insists we shouldn’t call "Hebrew School." Rabbi Greninger shares what makes today’s programs different from yesterday’s, what she’s doing to change the way students learn Hebrew, and how JQuest—Temple Isaiah’s education program for children 2 years old through 7th grade—is building Jewish identity, knowledge, and community through Jewish education.

    • 41 min
    Bonus Episode: How the digital era is changing everything about Jewish education

    Bonus Episode: How the digital era is changing everything about Jewish education

    Technology has become an integral part of every Jewish educator’s toolbox. Online classrooms, video tours, and web conferencing to name a few, have changed the ways students and educators engage with each other and their sacred content. The Jewish Education Project recently launched a pair of online platforms—Truvie and The Jewish Educators Portal— that curate resources for educators and empower students to curate their own online Jewish education. In this bonus episode, David speaks with Jonathan Fass, Managing Director, Educational Technology and Strategy, about the intention behind these platforms, and how he sees technology transforming the field of Jewish education.

    • 30 min
    ​​​​​​Why is "doing Jewish" important for Jewish education? : Season 2, Episode 5

    ​​​​​​Why is "doing Jewish" important for Jewish education? : Season 2, Episode 5

    The Jewish world often finds itself divided on issues related to Israel, Jewish practice, and intermarriage. At times, our divisions seem to threaten the very idea of global Jewish peoplehood. On this episode Zack Bodner speaks about the imperative to “do Jewish,” what motivated him to write his new book Why Do Jewish? A Manifesto for 21st Century Jewish Peoplehood, and the way Bodner, CEO of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, California, thinks West Coast Judaism is redefining American Jewish culture for the 21st century.

    • 40 min
    Sigd- The Jewish Holiday You Need To Learn About: Season 2, Episode 4

    Sigd- The Jewish Holiday You Need To Learn About: Season 2, Episode 4

    This week Jewish people around the world from Jerusalem to New York are commemorating the festival of Sigd, a Biblical tradition commonly associated with the Ethiopian Jewish community that has become increasingly popular in recent years. Avezu Fanta, Jewish Agency Israel Fellow at Hillel at Temple University, and a member of the Ethiopian Jewish community, joins David Bryfman, CEO of The Jewish Education Project for a discussion on Sigd and much more.

    Avezu shares her personal experiences in the Israeli army and on Temple University's campus, her family's aliyah to Israel, and her hopes for today's modern, globally diverse Jewish world.

    • 39 min
    Why Mental Health Matters for Jewish Education: Season 2, Episode 3

    Why Mental Health Matters for Jewish Education: Season 2, Episode 3

    Every Jewish educator finds themself, at some point, offering the type of support this week’s guest calls “mental first aid.” Educator, comedian and activist Pamela Schuller speaks with The Jewish Education Project’s CEO David Bryfman about the need to offer teens and teen educators broader resources to support mental health in teen Jewish communities. Pamela leads HereNow, a program through The Jewish Board which is proudly funded by UJA-Federation of New York. HereNow offers teens space to write and speak about their own mental health, and inspire others on similar journeys. Pamela shares her perspective on how COVID-19 has impacted teen Jewish communities, and what she hopes to see in the near future.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Gingerrocks13 ,

Thought Provoking Conversation

I recently started listening to this podcast, and it’s opening my eyes (or ears) to the challenges the Jewish community faces today across the spectrum in engaging kids and families, and delivering relevant Jewish education and experiences today. Highly recommend!

rabbiecb ,

An inspiration!

“Adapting” is incredibly inspirational and informative. I love how David Bryfman and his guests take a deep dive in exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic has provided Jewish educators both challenges and great opportunities for innovation.
Rabbi Ed Bernstein
Host, My Teacher Podcast, celebrating the people who shape our lives

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