What do YOU think?


CAJE has always been about collective wisdom.


Teaching and learning based on our collective experiences in hundreds of schools, youth groups, camps and synagogues – our thousands of interactions with learners both youthful and mature, both eager and reluctant.


So you know some things about Jewish education. You might even know something that only you know. You might be struggling with a common issue but feel alone in your struggle. No need. You might have insights, ideas or questions. It is time to share.


CAJE 33 is not a spectator sport.


Follow the links below to one or more of the discussions that have begun on the CAJE 33 wiki pages. Don’t be daunted by technology. It’s as easy as typing words in a box.


Have a hand in the program.


Your involvement will help to determine the nature of the program, the selection of sessions, the “who’s who” of presenters.


The conference starts now.


Choose the link you like:


Congregational Education in the 21st Century: Evolution AND Revolution

We’ll be devoting two intensive days of the CAJE conference (Monday and Tuesday) to a serious look at what works and what doesn’t in supplemental Jewish education.




If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be and why?



What is the coolest activity you’ve ever run in your classroom?



Education Directors

If you love kids and you convey that, even if you don’t really know that much about the subject you are teaching, they will be inspired by and they will go out and learn it themselves.

Does this make sense to you? Discuss



I am curious about what veteran educators might want to learn now after putting in their time in the field.


The Environment

Understanding the environment as a Jewish moral issue




Teens are far surpassing adults in their adoption of technology, the use of social media, and in the creation of online digital content. What does that mean to us as teachers? Is it time for educators who have been creating classroom content for years to change the way they do things? Are we afraid of becoming irrelevant as we see chalkboards, handouts and overhead projectors being replaced by Smartboards, blogs and PowerPoint presentations? Or is technology just another passing fad?


One Response to “What do YOU think?”

  1. Richard D. Solomon, Ph.D. Says:

    Dear Jeff,

    Thank you for your confession of successfully completing a congregational school and then graduating from a community Hebrew high school in Pittsburgh.

    The importance of a strong Jewish education via a congregational, supplemental or day school cannot be overstated. Toward that end, Elaine Solomon, Hana Bor and I recently wrote an article in which we describe a new career development ladder for Jewish educators beginning with madrichim working in supplemental or day schools and ending with expert teachers who train mentors to coach and help develop pre-service and in-service Jewish teachers.

    If you’re interested in exploring the idea of a career ladder for Jewish educators, click on to these websites:

    http://caje32.wikispaces.com/JEN+Article+Solomon+Solomon+Bar or


    Thank you Jeff,

    Richard D. Solomon, Ph.D.

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