Purposeful Pedagogy: Making Tanakh our Students’ Story

Placing students' personal connection to Tanakh at the forefront of the learning experience.
Connecting students to their religious and spiritual heritage in meaningful, relevant, and lasting ways.

About the Course

Tanakh is our spiritual guide point, our national heritage, and the backbone of our Jewish identity. Teachers of Tanakh face a unique challenge: connecting students to their religious and spiritual heritage in meaningful, relevant, and lasting ways.

This course introduces an innovative pedagogical approach to the teaching of Tanakh that places personal connection at the forefront of the learning experience, alongside content acquisition and skill development. We will explore practical ways to implement this pedagogy of meaning in the Chumash and Navi classroom using a variety of teaching tools with the goal of inviting and encouraging our students to connect with and experience the study of Tanakh in a new and exciting way.

Commencing on Sunday, November 3, 2024, this course comprises 9 asynchronous units and 1 Zoom lesson.

About the Instructor

Rabbi Reuven Spolter is Educational Programming & Professional Development Coordinator at Herzog Global. He is a graduate of Yeshiva University with an MA in Secondary Jewish Education from the Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education and Administration and Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchonon Theological Seminary, both at Yeshiva University. He has taught formally and online for over two decades. Before his Aliyah, Rabbi Spolter taught middle school Judaic studies in the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston, NJ, high school Judaic studies at the Hebrew High School of New England in West Hartford, CT, as well as at the Akiva Hebrew Day School in Southfield, MI. He is currently working towards an M.A. degree in Talmud from Bar Ilan University.

Course features

Audience : Elementary & High School Teachers
Course Structure : 9 self-guided lessons & 1 Zoom meeting
Language : English
Accreditation : 3 course credits
Course fee : 490 NIS + 100 NIS one-time Registration Fee
Start Date: Sun, November 3, 2024