|Posted by Danny on April 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM|
This year in the blog we've posted several "Student Spotlights" highlighting the journeys and interests of Davidson students. Today begins an occasional series highlighting Davidson faculty members, called "Faculty Focus."
Our first Faculty Focus is on Assistant Professor Dr. Sarah Tauber.
What do you find most exciting about the way in which Jewish Education has been evolving in recent years?
A willingness to experiment with creating new models of educational organizations that link Jewish learning with issues of importance to the larger society, such as spirituality, environmental stewardship, and social justice represent those aspects of Jewish education that I find exciting. Jews from across the spectrum (age, affiliation, etc.) can find opportunities to blend learning and doing in creative and constructive ways.
What is your greatest challenge as a professor of Jewish Education?
As a professor of Jewish education the greatest challenge is having enough time to satisfactorily blend educational issues and Judaic content. My favorite courses are ones that integrate these two subject areas, but there never seems to be enough time to finish everything I want to accomplish with the learners.
What do you enjoy most about working with the JTS student population?
JTS students care deeply about Judaism, Jewish life, and education. They are open-minded and connected to tradition, which in today’s world is a combination harder and harder to find.
What is your current area of research?
My current area of research is adult Jewish learning. Although children and teenagers are the primary focus of most education happening in the Jewish world, adults are still the largest overall population. We know so little about what gets them exciting about learning and being a part of Jewish communal life in which learning plays a central role.
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