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Why I Left Jewish Education, Part VI: The Nail In The Coffin

After seven years of living in and working in Jewish Education in Baltimore, I moved to Kansas for very personal reasons. There is one Jewish day school there, and I was offered a job. My job description changed my first week. It was someone else’s miscommunication, but I was faulted for it. New classes were […]

Why I Left Jewish Education, Part V

20 Uncomfortable Facts about Jewish Education Part IV 16. Our Mobility Is Limited Our chosen profession, Jewish education, is dangerously limiting. Many communities only have one Jewish school, so that if you want to change or your contract gets cancelled, you either need to switch professions or uproot your entire family. Even in communities with […]

Why I Left Jewish Education, Part IV

20 Uncomfortable Facts of Jewish Education, Part III 11. The Sad Reality Of The ‘B’ We are living in a sad situation. Jewish Education has become a commercialized business. The schools are forced to cater to the whims and wishes of the students and parents, or risk losing the tuitions that keep the schools running. […]

Why I Left Jewish Education, Part III

20 Uncomfortable Facts about Jewish Education Part II 6. The Very Religious Schools Devalue General Studies One of the schools I taught at during my Jewish Education adventure was an all boy, extremely religious school in Baltimore. I taught English to the entire 11th grade. My classes were in the early evening, right before dinner. […]

Why I Left Jewish Education, Part II

20 Uncomfortable Facts, Part I 1. Many Of Us Got Stuck Here Unfortunately, years upon years of a Jewish education don’t lead to all that many career choices. Like me, many an enthusiastic student spends several years studying for a smicha (rabbinic ordination), only to find that the world isn’t lining up to give us […]

Why I Left Jewish Education, Part 1

Why I Left Jewish Education I worked in Jewish Education for a decade, nine of those years immersed in formal education. I’m dedicating my next several posts to exploring not only why I left Jewish Education, but why I left with my head held high without ever looking back for even a moment. My hope […]

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