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After implementing four previous versions of the Jewish Court of All Time (JCAT)…

After implementing four previous versions of the Jewish Court of All Time (JCAT), a 10-week online simulation for Jewish middle school students, the organizers knew it was time to put race and racism on the pedagogic table. According to William Davidson School faculty member Dr. Meredith Katz, JCAT’s project director, “we really wanted to ask, how do students in Jewish day schools engage in>>>

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Read Chancellor Schwartz’s article that appeared on EJewish Philanthropy in whic…

Read Chancellor Schwartz’s article that appeared on EJewish Philanthropy in which she reflects on her recent trip to Israel on a Masorti Movement mission. In addition to meeting with devoted leaders of the Zionist movement and Masorti institutions, she met with several Israeli government officials, including the new president of the State of Israel, Yitzhak Herzog. Mission participants also>>>

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It is hard to separate Rabbi Isaac Saposnik from the summer camp where he has wo…

It is hard to separate Rabbi Isaac Saposnik from the summer camp where he has worked for the past 19 years. Camp Havaya is an overnight camp where “everyone is celebrated for all the parts of who they are.” Multiculturalism and diversity are at the core of the experience for approximately 400 campers from all over. Read about the “Diversity Around the Campfire” and Rabbi Saposnik in>>>

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When it comes to multicultural education, “it’s easy to throw around buzzwords,”…

When it comes to multicultural education, “it’s easy to throw around buzzwords,” says Dr. Shira D. Epstein. But to do it right demands both deep understanding and the ability to turn lofty statements into clear, actionable goals. Read “Making Multiculturalsim Happen” by Professor Epstein, dean of the William Davidson School. #linkinbio #JTSFacultySpotlightby jtsvoice

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When Yanira Quinones was growing up in one of the few Puerto Rican families in R…

When Yanira Quinones was growing up in one of the few Puerto Rican families in Riverdale, she used to spy on her next-door neighbors’ Shabbat dinners on warm Friday nights. The melody of “Shalom Aleichem” called to her, and when she heard the same tune decades later at a Kabbalat Shabbat service with her Jewish husband, she took it as a sign. Read “Jewish Identity: Discovering>>>

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What happens when you are offered an alumni relations job at a school that is be…

What happens when you are offered an alumni relations job at a school that is beloved by generations of graduates just after it decides to change its name? “You make sure to open up lines of communication,” said Orlea Miller, a 2019 William Davidson School MA graduate with a concentration in educational leadership. Read Orlea’s article about this topic in our latest issue of>>>

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We’re so proud of the five JTS alums—and an incoming student—named to the Jewish…

We’re so proud of the five JTS alums—and an incoming student—named to the Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” and of the work they do across the Jewish world. Mazal tov to Rachel L. Figurasmith (DS), Benjamin Goldberg (RS, KGS), Malachi Kanfer (CS), Gabriel Kretzmer Seed (LC, DS, KGS), Ariel Scheer Stein (DS), and Dvir Cahana, an incoming student at the William Davidson School>>>

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JTS rabbinical student Kendell Pinkney sat down with William DeMeritt, an accomp…

JTS rabbinical student Kendell Pinkney sat down with William DeMeritt, an accomplished actor and voiceover artist, to discuss his involvement in the play, “The Catastrophist” and the experience of being a Jew of Color cast in an explicitly Jewish role. On July 14, JTS will host the team behind the “The Catastrophist” for a theatre talkback. Read the interview now>>>

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“Blessings Sand 5778” was created by Yehoshua Hooper and is featured in “Expanse…

“Blessings Sand 5778” was created by Yehoshua Hooper and is featured in “Expanse,” our online exhibit. Yehoshua received his MA in Jewish Education, Nonprofit Development, and a certification in Art Education at JTS. For the last two years, he served as the art director for the Ramah in the Rockies Omanut (Arts) program and trains Jewish art educators in his style and>>>

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“I want our school to be a place where people with a range of ways of connecting…

“I want our school to be a place where people with a range of ways of connecting to God can grow: through study and intellect; piety and prayer; pastoral work and being present one-on-one; and social action. We all need to push ourselves to grow in each area while acknowledging no one person can serve God in all ways at all times. We do it together as a community” – Rabbi Jan Uhrbach in>>>

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