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Chanukah 5774

Nov 25, 2013
It is not original to think about miracles at this time of year. Nor is it unique to think of gifts and giving thanks.  So with our recent celebration of learning in Chicago in mind, I am inspired once again to share these gifts of the wisdom that reside with Jewish educators that we know and respect, real thoughts from real people: [more]

Sharing Knowledge in 5774

Sep 10, 2013

The Covenant Foundation greets every New Year with great anticipation, as it offers the opportunity to expand our family and embrace closer those already in it. Each New Year also offers a chance to reflect on our place as a nexus of ideas and knowledge sharing.


Passover Thoughts

Mar 20, 2013
This season, I was invited to teach at Limmud Winnipeg and then again at an Ann Arbor Federation women’s learning event. Because both opportunities were on the Passover runway, my decision to teach about Passover wasn’t surprising. [more]

Striving for Accessible and Relevant Jewish Education

Nov 2, 2012

For the past several summers, sports, crafts and music have taken their place next to cooking, dancing and playing games for dozens of young children at Camp Nitzan in Teaneck, N.J.

There’s been another element, too, and that is Hebrew-language instruction and practice folded into the general cacophony of summer fun.


The Intelligent Educator: Teaching, Advocating, and Leading

Jul 2, 2012
This past spring, I spoke at the commencement at the University of Michigan's joint School of Social Work and The Jean and Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies program. As an educator, I urged these newly minted professionals to believe in themselves and to encourage them not to stand on the sidelines, but to feel confident in their ability to succeed as Jewish communal leaders, to use their voices, to act, and to lead. [more]

Nurturing the seeds of Jewish education

Nov 7, 2011
This fall, The Covenant Foundation launched The Pomegranate Prize, rewarding and recognizing excellent educators who have been in the field less than ten years, and offering them added support as well as new experiences. [more]

Remixing Jewish Education for the Future

Nov 21, 2010
From its genesis, the Jewish Futures Conference was designed to jumpstart a conversation and spur people to suspend disbelief and imagine what could be. While we cannot predict the futureof Jewish education, all of us must take responsibility for it, along with those we work with and influence every day. [more]

Reflections and Questions

Sep 21, 2010
The Days of Awe have been a time to reflect. As The Covenant Foundation reaches its 20th year of supporting excellence and innovation in Jewish education, here are some reflections on its work, mission and impact, and the world in which it exists. [more]

Rare Finds

Mar 2, 2016

Take Your Soul to Work

For many of us with busy professional lives, there’s little time for reflection. But in this new book, renowned religious scholar and Covenant Award recipient Dr. Erica Brown offers ways for...[More]