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Thursday, December 4, 2014

New York School of Education this year is offering a series of praxis seminars for our students, both in New York and Cincinnati. On Nov. 21st, we explored the theme of “Jewish Education and Technology: What’s happening now and where are we going?” This was a day devoted to learning from those in the field (two graduates of HUC-JIR programs) who are using technology effectively in a variation of Jewish educational settings.

The presentations included:

  • A blended approach to religious school with Rabbi Melissa Buyer, Director of Lifelong Learning, Temple Israel of the City of New York
  • Assistive Technology and Technology in Jewish Ed with Jodi Mishkin-Michaelson, Director of Youth Engagement, Temple Beth Torah
  • Building community online with Jill Stepak, Vice President of Academics, Shalom Learning
  • Establish a 21st century classroom environment through the use of creative online tools Eran Vaisben, Education Director, Peninsula Temple Sholom Religious School

The seminars are open to all alumni and your participation is welcome. Each take place on the New York campus. The future seminar dates include:

  • 1/27: Building New Possibilities - Online options and Jewish community with Devin Schain: Creator of Shalom Learning and Blackboard
  • 4/14: Creating engaging online content - Smadar Goldstein, Director, JETS


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu