|Posted by Danny on January 29, 2013 at 12:50 AM|
This week we continue our series of Davidson Student Spotlights by asking Ben Rotenberg, first year student in the Day School program, a few questions about himself.
What, in your opinion, is the greatest challenge Jewish educators face today?
I think it is the problem of relevance and access. We must bring the wonders of Jewish life to every student. Jewish educators need to understand how to support the needs of every learner through special education. We also need to refresh how we understand both the people and state of Israel.
What was the highlight of your experience on Visions and Voices?
I think it was meeting Lydia Aisenberg at Givat Chaviva and visiting the town of Bartha'A. I was struck by the idea that Israelis and Israeli Arabs are building long-standing relationships. I realized that Israel is an evolving story of people's daily lives; it is not just about politics or religious identity.
How did you find your way to Davidson? Why do you want to be a Jewish educator?
I grew up attending an incredible day school in Providence, RI: Alperin Shechter Day School. After I finished undergrad work at Hebrew College I looked for the best place to gain skills in teaching and in Judaic studies. Davidson was recommended by family and friends who are familiar with the program and the amazing faculty. I am inspired to integrate methods of experiential education with talmud torah.
What are your main interests within Jewish Education?
I am interested in building new classroom techniques for opening up classical Jewish texts and integrating special education methods with chevruta learning.