Neurobiology us teaches that without meaning almost nothing
is remembered. Add meaning to your Siddur teaching by
adding experiences and context. Experiencing Jewish Prayer
teaches no Hebrew, that has to happen somewhere else. What
this book does is add meaning, context, and builds memories.
This experiential book makes the standard liturgy (from
all movements) into a meaningful whole. This is a perfect
supplement to a different prayer teaching resource. Add it to
your liturgy curriculum.
Active and experiential approach means doing rather than just learning Full-color student textbook include a carefully-translated Torah text and experiential activities to make express the story in student’s own words
This book teaches using the Torah of doing.
It starts with age-appropriate translations of the actual biblical text that are presented as scripts. Rather than just reading the text, students perform it. Reading the text out loud is the first movement in interpretation.
This is not just a Genesis book; it is a book that covers the whole Torah. In twenty-three texts we go from Adam and Eve to the Death of Moses. The Holiness Code, the Burning Bush, the Spies and Mah Tovu are stops on this journey.
Delving Deeper: Commentaries let students explore single phrases or sentences in the text and express their own feelings about their meaning. Students get to compare their own sense of the text’s meaning with traditional commentators.
Activities: Translate the text into experiences. We act, sing, dance, create art and express the inner-story of the text in our own way.
Torah study doesn’t involve just sitting and listening with Experiencing the Torah. Rather it involves students (and families) in active learning experiences. It is the book that invites you to post your Torah interpretations on YouTube. Students will be remixing their own understandings.
So you’ve heard about this term, and you may even have been to summer camp or Jewish youth group – but when it gets down to it, what exactly is experiential Jewish education? This session will look at some of the philosophical and pedagogical underpinnings of one of the most powerful approaches to Jewish learning and identity development in the 21st century.