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Explore new jewish pedagogies

During M² Research Fellowships, each fellow develops a new educational practice that addresses the contemporary challenges in Jewish education. Explore and use them with your learners and colleagues.

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Pedagogy of Nuance: Finding Comfort Through Storytelling

Devorah Levine Katz

Founder of Meshek48

The pedagogy of storytelling allows us to value nuance and new perspectives.

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Aura Chaya Bitton-Gispan

Founder and Director
The Harmonium Sanctuary and Retreat Center

To engage in Regenerative Torah is to enter the relational ring of a personal encounter with the Divine.

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Cultivating Curiosity: A Jewish Pedagogy of Wellbeing

Rabbi Paul Cohen

Senior Rabbi
Temple Jeremiah

The pedagogy of cultivating curiosity allows us to become better versions of ourselves through creativity.

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A Jewish Pedagogy of Creative Wellbeing: Connection through Wonder

Fraidy Aber

The Constance Wolf Director of Education and Civic Engagement
Contemporary Jewish Museum

Embracing the pedagogy of wonder can foster greater understanding and interconnectedness.

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Rega Shel Shtika: How Quieting Fosters Ethical Behavior

Rabbah Dr. Mira Neshama Weil

Founding Teacher

Reintroducing practices of silence within Jewish learning communities can foster ethical behavior.

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נענוע (Na’anua): A Pedagogy of Jewish Transformative Movement

Rabbanit Dalia Davis

Director of Pastoral Education

Using the transformative power of movement to feed the soul.

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Pedagogy of Farbrengen

Hashliach Peretz Chein

M54: Chief Strategy Office/Chabad of Brandeis: Executive Director

The Chasidic tradition of farbrengen and the practice of avoda pnimit offer meaning to the modern-day learner.

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A Pedagogy of ‘Life Meets Text’

Rabbi Jen Gubitz

Founder, Educator
Modern JewISH Couples and Temple Shalom of Newton

Jewish experience is the key to bridging the gap between ancient wisdom and modern content.

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A Pedagogy of Cultivating Joy

Jessie Gindea

Interim Head of School and Director of Judaics
Gordon School

The pedagogy of cultivating joy nurtures the souls of people who have the job of nurturing the souls of others.

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Anava/Humility as a Pedagogy Toward Jewish Peoplehood

Rabbi Aytan Kadden

Teacher and Leadership Team Member
Ort Pelech Boys High School

The pedagogy of humility as taught using chevruta.

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Pedagogy of Rootedness: Retrieving Rootedness and Building a Sense of Belonging

Dr. Dominika Zakrzewska Oledzka

Program Director
Living Bridge Institute for Intercultural & International Affairs

The pedagogy of rootedness stresses the importance of being aware of one’s heritage to create a sense of belonging and connection.

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Zakhor: A Pedagogy of Memory

Dr. Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath

Managing Director of Identity, Ideas and Adolescents
The Jewish Education Project

Zakhor is a pedagogy of memory through storytelling and embodied experiences.

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The Pedagogy of Storytelling

Bezawit Abebe

Research Fellow
Be'chol Lashon

The pedagogy of storytelling engages and connects both the storyteller and listener.

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Kaveh: A Pedagogy of Hope

Rabbi Amitai Fraiman

Director, The Z3 Project
Oshman Family JCC

The pedagogy of hope aims to embody the role of hope in Jewish peoplehood and create a shared consciousness.

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Peoplehood Orientation: Nurturing Klal Yisrael Through Torah Study

Laynie Soloman

Associate Rosh Yeshiva & Director of Transformative Leadership
SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva

Nurturing Klal Yisrael Through Torah Study

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The Pedagogy of Interpersonal Hiyuv: What Are Our Obligations to Others?

Rabbi Joshua Mikutiks

Director of Design and Jewish Learning
JDC Entwine

A pedagogy that asks us to consider what our obligations are to ourselves and others.

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Who am I? Who are We? Learning About Jewish Peoplehood by Facing Difference and Fostering Belonging

Maia Ferdman

Bridges Intergroup Relations Consulting

The pedagogy of learning about Jewish peoplehood by facing difference and fostering belonging

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The Story of Israel Through Hasidic Storytelling: Bridging Reality and Hope

Dr. Yakir Englander

Senior Director of Leadership
Israel American Council (IAC)

Learning to tell one’s own Israel story using the Hasidic storytelling tradition.

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Speaking Jewish: Using Language to Build Identity and Jewish Peoplehood

Rabbi Josh Weinberg

VP for Israel and Reform Zionism
Union for Reform Judaism (URJ)

“Language is a key to identity and culture.” — Dr. Jeremy Benstein

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A Jewish Pedagogy of Responsiveness

Dr. Sandra Anusiewicz-Baer

Chief Operating Officer
Zacharias Frankel College

The pedagogy of responsiveness strives to strengthen the sense of Jewish peoplehood through the practice of writing teshuvot.

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Pedagogy of the Word: Jewish Writing Practice for Increased Wellbeing

Naama Sadan

PhD Student in Environmental Studies
UC Berkeley & the Hebrew University

The pedagogy of the word as a tool to achieving inner balance

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Le’hitatef: A Pedagogy of Enveloping

Dr. Andrea Lieber

Professor of Religion & Judaic Studies
Dickinson College

Le’hitatef- an invitation to approach Jewish learning as an embodied experience.

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The Pedagogy of Mikveh: Removing Barriers in Pursuit of Deep Human Connection

Faith Brigham Leener

Founder, Base Movement and Chief Innovation Officer, Pardes Institute

The ritual of mikvah as a framework for cultivating inspired communication

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Davar Acher: Pedagogy of Multi-Stories

Cantor Rabbi Robert Jury

Founder & Clinical Director
Tikvah Center for Jewish Recovery & Healing

Davar Acher as a Jewish pedagogy of multi-stories

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The Giving Well: A Pedagogy of Ritualized Tzedakah

Rabbi Neil Janes

Rabbi, Teacher, Lecturer
SBJC (South Bucks Jewish Community), Clore Shalom School,Leo Baeck College

Ritualised giving of tzedakah focuses on the act of giving, the spiritual connection to the Divine and to humanity, and the impact on wellbeing

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Let Your Body Learn: An Embodied Pedagogy

Rabbi Dr. Yechiel Hoffman

Independent Consultant and Educator
YH Consulting

The Let Your Body Learn pedagogy provides an opportunity to ritualize embodied learning on a regular basis.

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Haburah as a Jewish Pedagogy of Wellbeing

Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer Kossoy

Director, Year Program
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

How the pedagogy of Haburot, a learning community, can increase individual and group wellbeing

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The Pedagogy of Names

Kimberly Dueñas

Community Manager and Founding Member
Jewtina y. Co.

Exploring names as an opportunity to welcome the learner as ‘whole’

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Pedagogy of the Bridge: Shema As Our Talisman in Facing Fear, Our Walking Stick Through Life’s Hard Stuff

Rabbi Michelle Dardashti

Kane Street Synagogue

Shema as a mantra for facing our fears and emerging more confident, courageous and whole

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A Pedagogy of Cleansing: How Purifying and “Lifting” the Hands is Connected to Wellbeing

Rabbi Daniel Brenner

Vice President - Education
Moving Traditions

The ritual of handwashing - Netiylat Yadaim - through the lens of dance/movement education

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A Pedagogy of the 48: Connecting Pirkei Avot, LIfe, and Learning

Dr. Gila Silverman

Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning
Siegel Lifelong Learning, Case Western Reserve University

This pedagogy invites participants to consider how the 48 different ways of “acquiring Torah” resonates with them

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L’Shem Yichud: A Pedagogy For the Sake of Integration

Rabbi Jesse Paikin

Executive Director, Base

L’shem Yichud: For the Sake of Integration is a pedagogy based on an ancient practice of intention setting.

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Machloket-i: A Personal, Professional Development Program

Edward Magiste

The Temple Tifereth Israel

Designed as a professional development strategy, this pedagogy of Machloket targets veteran educators asking to develop their teaching and ideas

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Loving Goodness: A Pedagogy through Individuality and Belonging

Charles Herman

Former Executive Director & Founder
The Nesiya Institute

The pedagogy of Loving Goodness explores the tension between self-love and the love of the other

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The Pedagogy of Argument

Robbie Gringras

Co-Founder and Co-Director
For the Sake of Argument

The Pedagogy of Argument seeks to develop learners who are passionate about debates

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Pedagogy of Kinyan Torah: Helping Students Develop Their Own Interpretations of Torah

Ilana Gleicher Bloom

Founder of Mensch Academy at Mishkan Chicago,
Doctoral Candidate in Jewish Education, Coordinator of Pardes Experiential Educators Program

The pedagogy of Kinyan Torah helps educators support all learners to find their own unique Torah within themselves.

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Insourcing, Reflection, and the “Long, Short Path”

Chanie Chein

Co-Founder and Director
Chabad at Brandeis and M54

The pedagogy of reflection focuses on acquiring the language and tools to learn from existing experiences, habits and choices, at appropriate life stages

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V’ahavtah: A Pedagogy of Love (Learning to Love the Student You Hate)

Dasee Berkowitz

Lead Consultant, Facilitator and Educator
Dasee Berkowitz Consulting

The V’Ahavtah : A pedagogy of love is aimed to help educators love the students they dislike

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Hebrew Calligraphy: A Pedagogy for Developing Closeness with Text

Daniel Abramson

Curriculum Development Director of the Tikkun Project
The Leo Baeck Day School

Explore and experiment with Hebrew letters and text

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Tokhahah: A Pedagogy of Loving Rebuke

Ari Weiss

Executive Director
Cornell Hillel Ithaca, NY

Loving rebuke, a pedagogy that embraces disagreement, can be transformative and even holy.

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Jewish Place and Positionality: A Choreography of Pedagogical Practice

Yoshi Silverstein

Founder & Executive Director
Mitsui Collective Cleveland, OH

A Choreography of Pedagogical Practice - By engaging intentionally with spatial dynamics, Jewish educators can elevate learning through powerful embodied practices.

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Pedagogy of Mutual Humanization

Jon Adam Ross

Co-Founding Artist & Managing Director
The In[HEIR]itance Project New York, NY

A pedagogy of mutual humanization places relationships at the center of the educational experience.

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Contemporary Poetry As A Sacred Jewish Text

Jake Marmer

Education & Programming Director
Bronfman Fellowship Stanford, CA

Learning poetry as sacred text can infuse educational spaces with intimacy and communal connection.

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Parents As Learners, Teachers and Partners In Their Children’s Jewish Education

Simon Klarfeld

Self-Employed Teaneck, NJ

It may have taken a pandemic to remind us that the home provides a critically important place for education.

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The Pedagogy of Asking: A Methodology for Crafting Artful Questions

Leah Kahn

Senior Director, Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience
Hillel International

When asking questions, a clear and intentional approach can make a world of difference in our students minds and hearts.

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Creating Sacred Space

Shira Hecht-Koller

Director of Education
Values in Action, M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education

When we plan our educational spaces with deliberation and intention we can make room for the sacred.

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The Pedagogy of Blessing/Berakhah

Lisa Goldstein

Rabbi, Teacher, Coach
Self-Employed New York, NY

Offering each other blessings has the power to transform both the one who blesses and those who receive it.

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LeSha: Lemida Sh’Goreret Ahavah: Learning That Leads to Love

Adam Eilath

Head of School
Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School Foster City, CA

A pedagogy that utilizes educational experiences to cultivate love between students in a Jewish classroom.

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(Midrashic) Petichta Pedagogy

Marta Eichelberger-Jankowska

Jerusza (Yerusha) Program Director
Taube Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland Foundation Warsaw, Poland

The midrashic form of the Petichta invites an approach to pedagogy that embraces difference.

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A Pedagogy of Siyyum

Rabbi Rachel Bovitz

Executive Director
Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

A pedagogy of siyyum can help raise up a new generation of Jewish learners who feel connected to their heritage in a meaningful, creative way.

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Chazarah and Shinun: Reviewing To The Point of Mastery

Chana Silberstein

Educational Director
Rotiman Chabad Center at Cornell University Ithaca, NY

Reviewing To The Point of Mastery - A pedagogy of review and mastery can create a sense of deep ownership and connection.

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