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Inspirational keynotes, workshops and networking opportunities for educators, administrators, board members and stakeholders of network member schools will engage participants around design thinking, school change, board development, educational leadership, innovative technologies, contemporary ideas of Jewish pluralism, Israel curricula, modes of prayer education, special needs inclusion, early childhood education and more. 

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Monday, January 20 • 10:30am - 5:00pm
Tefillah: New Paradigms (in partnership with Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies)

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To address how tefillah fits into your school's mission, programs and educational environment.


Tefillah is undoubtedly one of the most challenging aspects in the life of a community day school, and few schools feel they have maximized their potential success in this area. Thankfully, this can change. Explore best practices in school prayer and examine how tefillah fits into the overall mission of your school. The session will serve as a collaborative space where teachers, administrators, those who fund day schools and others can share research and learn about new initiatives and successful models.


  • Take no more than10 minutes to fill out this brief google survey.
  • Bring with you (or have access to) your school's mission statement. (If you actually have a mission statement specific to tefillah, please bring that as well.)
  • Read the following articles which will provide a common language and raise many of the questions we will explore together. (Note that we will also be sharing with you an extensive bibliography at the deep dive.) 

10:30am: Setting the Stage (Braniff Room)

This opening session will discuss challenges, define tefilah education and identify conditions needed to enhance a prayer experience.

11:10am: Aligning Vision and Reality (Part 1) (Braniff Room)

Schools often try to achieve multiple (and very different) goals in tefilah education, without providing the scaffolding necessary to succeed. In this session, we will explore, in small groups, what diverse goals demand in terms of time, place, staffing, etc.   Representatives of schools with very specific and different goals will briefly present concrete examples.

12:30pm: Lunch- Challenges by Ages and Stages (Eastern Room)

The lunch period will provide an opportunity for participants to join facilitated discussions addressing some of the unique challenges and innovative possibilities for different age groups (elementary, middle and high school).

1:45-3:00pm: Aligning Vision and Reality (Part 2) (Braniff Room)

Having explored the issues inherent in aligning vision and reality earlier in the day, participants will reflect individually and then work in havruta to explore the degree of alignment within their own schools and identify what steps need to be taken next.

3:00pm: Break

3:15-4:30 pm: Case Studies- Addressing Specific Challenges (Braniff and Eastern Rooms)

Schools share common challenges in tefilah education. Participants will choose from a number of specific topics and explore, by way of case studies, the depth of the challenge and what must be considered in order to move forward: 

4:30pm: Wrap-Up and Next Steps

We will summarize the lessons learned from our deep dive, list the open questions, explain what participants can expect to receive in terms of follow-up, and discuss the extent to which the group may want to continue to “meet.”

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Aviva Goldbert

Director, Pardes Educators Summer Curriculum Workshop, The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Aviva Golbert has over 15 years of experience in curriculum development, classroom teaching, school administration and educational consulting. She has worked at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies as a teaching coach and administrator for the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators since 2009. In 2013 she was appointed the director of the Pardes Educators Summer Curriculum Workshop. | | Previously, Aviva developed formal and informal educational... Read More →
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Reuven Margrett

Frankel Jewish Academy
Rabbi Reuven Margrett, a native Briton and graduate of the Pardes Educator’s Programme, happily teaches Mishnah, Sefer HaChinuch, and co-ordinates the minyan programme at the Frankel Jewish Academy, Detroit, MI. He has directed the technology professional development programme at the school, and this past year created the first ever iPad game to deepen students understanding of Rabbinic texts. Previously Reuven has taught at Immanuel... Read More →
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Susan Wall

Director of the Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project, The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators
Dr. Susan Wall is currently the Director of the Pardes Educators Alumni Support Project (a division of the Pardes Center for Jewish Educators), which provides ongoing support and professional development opportunities for day school Judaic studies teachers. Susan previously taught Jewish studies to middle schoolers and served as head of school at Ezra Academy (a K-8 day school outside of New Haven, CT.) Susan has written articles and... Read More →

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The Pardes Center for Jewish Educators of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Pardes is an open, co-ed and non-denominational Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem and with programs worldwide.

Monday January 20, 2014 10:30am - 5:00pm
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