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Students and Faculty Reflecting on Israel

Posted by Ben R on March 21, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

by Ben Rotenberg, Blog Editor

MA students Gabe Miner, Bekkah Gold, Lauren Schuchart, Ayala Wasser, and Julia Siegel organized a lunch in March for students who had been on Visions and Voices, an experiential trip to Israel, organized by Professors Ofra Backenroth ...

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An Update from Davidson School Student President Debra Fricano

Posted by Ben R on February 6, 2014 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Debra Fricano updates students on Student Organization plans for the spring (Photo by Ben Rotenberg)

by Debra L Fricano 

Welcome back to another semester at JTS! 

The Davidson School Student Organization (DSSO) draws from Student Activities fees to generate social, educational, and spiritual programs for education students in the JTS community.  

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The Davidson School Shabbat Dinner Leads to Words of Torah

Posted by Ben R on December 19, 2013 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

One Friday in early December, some of The Davidson School students and faculty braved the inclement weather and looming presence of final exams, gathering together to celebrate Shabbat at the home of Rabbi Jonathan Lipnick.  The students thought that as they ended their fall semester at The Davidson School, this dinner would provide a great opportunity to return to the world of Torah. After dinner, MA students Gabe Miner and Hannah Grossman shared thoughts about Para...

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Students Host Israeli Cafe Night with Ami Yares

Posted by Ben R on December 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

While The Davidson School students are always busy with their academic work and hands-on training in Jewish education, they also find opportunities to share their interests with one another. MA students recently hosted a shulchan ivri, or Hebrew table, sponsored by The Davidson School Student Association. We enjoyed relaxing, practicing our Hebrew language...

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New Program Highlights Skills for Prayer Leadership

Posted by Ben R on November 26, 2013 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

By Kelly Kossar


During my time teaching before coming to JTS, I taught a required class called “Synagogue Skills,” designed to educate students on how to participate in and lead tefillot, prayer services. In my classes, I had students from Russia, Israel, Mexico, Ethiopia and all across the United States. These students came from different Jewish backgrounds, among them Reconstructionist, Orthodox, Reform, and Conservative. The task of teaching prayer in...

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Dr. Kress runs ING New York City Marathon

Posted by Ben R on November 7, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Yasher Koach to Jeff Kress, The Davidson School Interim Dean, for providing a great role model for us all by exemplifying Jewish values of tzedakkah and gemilut hasadim through his participation in the ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013. This is the third marathon Jeff has run to support Chai Lifeline and Camp Simcha, but his first New York marathon.

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Teachers Were the Engine of My Jewish Education

Posted by Ben R on November 1, 2013 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

By Ben Rotenberg

I’ve been in a classroom in one way or another for almost twenty-seven years. I’ve gone to day schools and to Shabbat services, taught Hebrew school and bar and bat mitzvah students, participated in limmud at summer camp, and been present in college lecture halls. Whether in a synagogue classroom, a sanctuary, or on benches by the lake, each place of learning had two things in common–There were students and the teacher was someone maki...

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Bringing a Jewish Learning Community From NC to NYC

Posted by Ben R on October 31, 2013 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

by Kelly Kossar

I came from an incredible job and a community that was so supportive it was like my family. When I considered graduate school, I had difficulty finding reasons to move to another part of the country. I visited JTS in November 2012, and before long, I had packed up my life and left my community to head to New York City.

For four years after graduating Binghamton University, I lived and worked at the

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Mark Young's articles to be focus of Jewish Ed Lab webinar

Posted by Ben R on October 29, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)


Mark Young, the Program Coordinator of the Experiential Learning Initiative, at JTS’s William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education wrote two very interesting articles that were published in the Journal of Jewish Communal Service and were re-published in


These articles, “

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A network of Inclusive Jewish Education with Camp Ramah

Posted by Ben R on October 16, 2013 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)



Howard Blas (middle) and Elana Naftalin-Kelman (right) discuss inclusion at a Lunch and Learn hosted by The Davidson School about engaging children and families with disabilities

by Ben Rotenberg



The Davidson School hosted a Lunch and Learn on October 14 entitled “Jewish Engagement of Children & Famili...

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