Aug 182015
 
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Who are the leaders ensuring the Jewish education of our children in day schools across the country? This series features selected school leaders – including those from Community, Orthodox and Schechter schools from across the US and Canada. We asked them about their personal day school leadership and their goals for their schools. The interviews were conducted while these leaders were participating in leadership training programs supported by AVI CHAI throughout this summer, including the Principals’ Center at Harvard programs and the Davidson School of JTS’s Day School Leadership Training Institute (DSLTI).

This clip features Helene Lubel, Lower School General Studies Principal at Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, TX, who participated in the Harvard LEV program. She speaks to a question commonly asked by parents looking at her school: Given the amount of time Jewish day schools devote to Judaic studies, will my children be prepared academically for middle school, high school, and beyond? Helene argues: yes! She suggests that this is not in spite but rather precisely because of the Judaic studies classes, which develop critical thinking skills so needed for this generation and desired in higher learning settings. Watch the clip:

Helene’s words echo Michael Broyde’s ELI talk, “What Happens When Elementary Schools Teach (Jewish) Law.” Michael Broyde is a professor of law and the academic director of the Law and Religion Program at Emory University. He argues that learning Jewish law is a particularly unique and valuable asset gained from Jewish day school education that is not offered in other contexts. Watch the talk:

As day school teachers, administrators, and parents look to the beginning of this school year, let us all keep in mind the value and importance of the education we are offering for our children’s future.