10/18 The iCenter
Lesley Litman, Ed.D., Director of the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education, emphasizes the importance of categorizing and naming children’s questions during times of uncertainty and fear to help us respond more effectively. Read more.
Ruhama Weiss, Associate Professor of Talmud and Spiritual Care, describes how she and the Blaustein Center are supporting students and alumni through conversations, workshops, and more. Read more.
Emeritus Professor Steven Windmueller, says that the first instance of a sitting U.S. president visiting Israel during wartime indicates overwhelming American support for Israel, but that it remains to be seen what the short and long-term effects might be. Read more.
Michal Muszkat-Barkan, Ph.D., Head of Education and Professional Development Department, has been an active leader in the protests for democracy in Israel. She is now working to help people who have been impacted by the attacks, their families, and soldiers. Read more.
Sivan Zakai, Ph.D., Sara S. Lee Associate Professor of Jewish Education, was interviewed in this episode of NPR’s Life Kit on how to talk to children about the violence in Israel and Gaza.
10/11 Jewish Journal
On college campuses, “Students are struggling this week as they uncomfortably enter class and are seated next to these individuals whose silence has been felt and heard,” Emeritus Professor Steven Windmueller, Ph.D. writes in a piece in the Jewish Journal.
10/11 eJewish Philanthropy
Dr. Betsy Stone, retired psychologist and adjunct lecturer at HUC-JIR, shares general principles of difficult conversations which are helpful in discussing the tragic events of this past week in Israel with children. Read more.
10/11 Jewish Journal
Sivan Zakai, Ph.D., Sara S. Lee Associate Professor of Jewish Education, writes to guide educators, clergy, and parents about how to speak to children about current events in Israel, “Children need adult guidance in helping them understand both the context and the consequences of violent current events. Yet adults who offer that guidance must do so without undermining the magic of childhood.” Read more.
Sivan Zakai, Ph.D., Sara S. Lee Associate Professor of Jewish Education, spoke with NPR about how to talk with children about the current situation in Israel. “It’s important for parents and guardians to know that it’s OK if they don’t have all the answers… Children have a beautiful ability — one that adults sometimes lack — to look head on in the face of violence and still believe in the bottom of their hearts in the future possibility of peace and of coexistence and of resolution to this conflict.” Read more.
10/10 eJewish Philanthropy
Emeritus Professor Steven Windmueller shares his thoughts on the events continuing to unfold in Israel. Read more.
The unfolding tragedy in Israel is hard to comprehend, but every child deserves an age-appropriate and honest conversation. Sivan Zakai, Ph.D., Sara S. Lee Associate Professor of Jewish Education, shares how parents can talk with their children about the current situation in Israel. Read more.
10/8 Times of Israel
Emeritus Professor Steven Windmueller writes, “In this moment, we are reminded of the Talmudic notion that ‘all Israel is responsible one for other.’ We find ourselves returning to the core principles of this partnership.” Read more.