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January 2023

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

The Pedagogy of Loving Goodness first considers the tension in the commandment between loving your neighbor and loving yourself. The imperative to love the other seems to depend upon our capacity to love ourselves. The productive tension between love and self and love of the other is the core of this pedagogy.

Charles founded the Nesiya Institute in 1985 with the goal of inspiring North American and Israeli young people from diverse backgrounds to invigorate Jewish life – for themselves and others. He served as Nesiya’s Executive Director from its inception in 1985 through 2012. Since then he has been studying various forms of alternative medicine and healing, provided Personal Growth Counseling for individuals and couples, and worked also as a consultant and teacher of Jewish texts and experiential learning. Charles is currently working on a screenplay called “Symptoms” and other writing. He earned his B.A. degree with Honors in Comparative Literature from Brown University, where he was awarded first prize of the undergraduate poetry award. He also studied in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University and the Pardes Institute. He earned a Master of Education degree from Harvard University in Counseling and Consulting Psychology. Charles has also worked with delinquent boys in New York City, as a photographer in Bali, and as a Jewish educator at the Cleveland JCC and the Board of Jewish Education in Chicago. Charles lives in Jerusalem near his 5 grandchildren.


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