Introduction

Dear Friends,

This needs assessment is designed to gauge your interest in a pilot program of professional development for Jewish educators, powered by Jewish LearningWorks, that empowers teachers to integrate the arts into their practice and the school’s curricula.


Integration of the Arts in Jewish Education

Jewish LearningWorks believes the Arts provide a gateway to inspired and joyful learning, a perspective for complex issues, and a pedagogical approach that fosters creative expression, critical thinking, and collaboration. In Jewish Education the arts create connections and understanding of text, values, history, culture and community. This initiative seeks to enrich and increase Jewish identity and Jewish knowledge for Bay Area Jewish learners of all ages through engagement in the Arts.

“The case for expanding the role of the arts in contemporary Jewish education is compelling: the arts engage learners on multiple levels; they open up new dimensions of understanding of text and tradition; and they encourage creative expression of our deepest spiritual and ethical impulses. A picture, a play, a song, story, or sculpture – each of these, whether created, performed, or merely appreciated, can evoke reflection, conversation, and emotion that expand and enrich learning in ways that few other experiences can.” (Arts in Jewish Education: Mapping and Landscape. Jesna Report, March 2010)

Your feedback on this survey will help us create a framework for the program that is tailored to fit the needs of your organization and your educators.

We so appreciate your comments, and please contact me with any questions about the arts integration pilot.


Vavi Toran
Jewish LearningWorks | Arts & Culture Specialist
601 14th Avenue | San Francisco, CA 94118 | www.jewishlearningworks.org
Ph: 415.751.6983 x138/ F: 415.668.1816| vtoran@jewishlearningworks.org

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