Arts-based Jewish Education Video Series

Arts-based Jewish Education opens new pathways

As we explore Arts-based Jewish Education, we invite you to join us in pondering a number of questions:

  1. How can we deepen our students' exposure to the arts and how can we do so in a rich and meaningful way?

  2. What is the connection between neuroscience and the arts and how might that influence how we incorporate the arts into our programs or argue for them in our budgets?

  3. How does an Arts-based Jewish educational model differ from wonderful but episodic Arts-based experiences?

At The Jewish Education Project, we feel that an Art-based model/approach is important to consider because:

  1. It puts the learner at the center and offers a trusting environment for self-expression and the development of critical thinking.

  2. It provides learners with the opportunity to explore, personalize and find value in ancient Jewish wisdom and texts.

  3. Much of the art that is incorporated is often creative, approachable, and can even be whimsical, providing an entry point into the conversation for all, including the most timid of our learners.

We invite you to enjoy and explore our three videos which we hope will both pique your interest in Arts-Based Jewish educational models and approaches, and also underscore their powerful connection to neuroscience:

  • On neuroscience and the arts with the irrepressible Rabbi Geoff Mitelman of Sinai and Synapses

  • On the role of a practitioner and the example of Bibliodrama through the creative eyes and guiding hand of inspired Jewish Arts Educator, Elizabeth Yaari

  • On a magical program and model called Little Avant Gardes that, while focused on Russian speaking families in this setting, can be adapted in any community.

Our Arts-based Jewish Education videos are one in a series of Digital Experiments that we are developing and sharing out in 2019 through the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation. We hope it was/will be an inviting and refreshing way to explore innovative models of Jewish education in action through new media.

Once you've viewed the videos we invite you to:

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Ellen Rank
This continuing network will bring you together with other educators for peer support and critical colleagueship. You will share and get feedback on new ideas you are developing as well as challenges you are confronting. This network is a great opportunity for you to engage in text study, to build new collegial relationships, and to learn about new resources and the work of your fellow educators. Network activities will include: text study; case studies; reflection; protocols for sharing both new innovative learning experiences as well as challenges; and resource sharing. You will identify and work towards a professional goal as well as contribute to the field by designing and/or implementing innovative strategies in your own setting or in the larger community.