Sacred Teaching and Spiritual Learning through a Jewish Godly Play Curriculum

Organization: Hebrew College, Newton Centre, MA

Grant Year: 2012

Project Director: Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire

Type of Grant: Ignition

Grant Amount: $20,000.00 (1 year)

Website: http://www.hebrewcollege.edu/

Hebrew College, through the creation of the Sacred Teaching and Spiritual Learning through a Jewish Godly Play Curriculum, began a new Community of Practice for Jewish educators who were brought together to develop and pilot a curriculum for guiding children’s spiritual growth and Jewish religious engagement.

Ignition Grantee Reflections: Impacts and Learnings

“Where are we now, what did we accomplish, and what have we learned?”

“We have been able to demonstrate that there is a vital unexplored feature of Jewish Education that is spiritual pedagogy. This has become a feature of all the offerings of the graduate school of education and Hebrew College’s ethos as a whole…. The most surprising thing was the awakening of interest across the country. We looking for more opportunities for national showcasing of the materials and publications.”

—Michael Shire, Project Director