Diane Tickton Schuster, project director

Portraits of Jewish Learning

What does learning look like in Jewish education?

In Fall 2016 the Portraits of Jewish Learning project (PoJL) invited researchers and research-minded practitioners to develop narratives about Jewish learning and to reflect about conceptual frameworks that inform their findings.  Twelve papers were commissioned that will depict how learning occurs in Jewish education and will help to deepen the discussion of what we mean by Jewish learning.  

The portraits that are developed will make research findings and analyses especially accessible to practitioners, policy makers, lay leaders, parents, and the learners themselves.  

The 2016-17 Portraits of Jewish Learning participants and projects are:

Stefani Carlson

Post-bar mitzvah teens learning leadership and pedagogy in an innovative training program for supplemental school madrichim.

Rafi Cashman

Female day school ninth grade students negotiating Talmudic texts around issues of gender and power.

Allison Cook and Orit Kent

Supplemental school seventh grade students learning relational havruta practices while studying Bible.

Nettie Aharon

Young adults deepening Jewish identity through an Israel-based internship program.

Nicki Greninger

Middle school-age supplementary school students learning Hebrew through an innovative curriculum.

Rachel Happel and Jordana Battis

Primary-grade students engaged in deep learning and deep relationships in a holistic after-school program.

Ziva Hassenfeld

Fourth grade day school students making sense of classical Jewish texts.

Jon Levisohn

College students learning to read the Bible critically.

Nachama Moskowitz      

Sixth grade students taking active responsibility for their learning in a supplemental school setting.

Matt Reingold

High school seniors in a day school responding to counter-narratives about Israel’s history.

Matt Williams and Mijal Bitton

Ninth grade day school students dealing with the paradoxes inherent in choice (project-based learning) and obligation.    

Meredith Woocher and Diane Schuster

Adults finding personal meaning and community through a text-based adult Jewish learning program.

Project director: Diane Tickton Schuster

This project is supported in part by CASJE, in partnership with the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education.