15 Educators from the Moriah School of Englewood, NJ
Visit ATID for a 10-Day Seminar on
"Tefillah and Spiritual Education"
ATID-Moriah Project featured in the New Jersey
ATID has launched a series of programs to work with
leading Jewish schools in the Diaspora, toward facilitating the
development of strategies for implementing vision-driven educational
practice in those partner schools. The on-going work of these professional
and institutional development projects includes on-site seminars conducted
by the ATID faculty, and intense Jerusalem-based programs at ATID's
Visit to Evelina de Rothschild (l. to r.: R. Silverman, Dr. G.
Kirshenbaum, Principal, Mrs. K. Finkelstein Ms. A. Schwartz, Ms. G.
Launched in Fall 2001, ATID began a custom tailored
program at the Moriah School of Englewood, NJ. The Moriah project-which
recently brought 15 educators from that school for a 10-day seminar and
strategic planning workshop in Israel-is spending a year focusing on "Spiritual and Prayer Education" and will enable the teachers
participating in the program to develop new ways of helping the 1000
children in the elementary school maximize their potential in tefillah and
spiritual growth. "Our work with ATID is also an important growth
opportunity for us as teachers," says Moriah's Associate Principal
Rabbi Yisrael Silverman. "Instead of merely coming in as ‘experts'
from the outside, ATID is helping our school to be a resource for
ourselves-it's helping us tackle the daily challenge of staying fresh
and invigorated as educators."
R. Neil Winkler presenting at ATID’s Tefillah Conference (with R. Yair Kahn, left, and R. Daniel
Prior to Moriah's Jerusalem program, the ATID faculty,
led by Rabbi Chaim Brovender, conducted in-service programs in New Jersey
with the faculty and with school parents-as part of the program's
commitment to continuing the partnership between the homes and the school
for success in the area of tefillah.
The program was comprised of the following
Sunday, December 23:
Arrival & Orientation
Monday, December 24:
Seminar: "Theory and Practice in Tefillah"-R. Jeffrey
Saks & Dr. Daniel Marom
Workshop: "Discipline with Dignity in Torah Education"-Dr.
Richard Curwin, Discipline
Tefillah at the Kotel and Kumzitz with Chaim Dovid
Tuesday, December 25 (10 BeTevet):
Best Practices Visit: Orot Etzion School, Efrat
Best Practices Visit: Yeshivat Mekor Chaim, Kfar
Wednesday, December 26:
Best Practices Visit: Evelina de Rothschild School,
Seminar: "Developmentally Appropriate Tefillah
Curriculum"-Dr. David Brody
4th Annual ATID Mid-Winter Conference:
"Educating for Meaningful Tefillah"
Thursday, December 27:
Tiyul to Neot Kedumim
Panel Discussion: Meeting with Moriah Alumni for
Discussion on the their Experiences with Tefillah as Students.
Moriah School Alumni Reunion
Friday, December 28:
Best Practices Visit: Beit Yaakov HaChadash, Geulah
Sunday, December 30:
Seminar: "Philosophical Theology for
Children"-Dr. Howie Deitcher
Workshop: "Music as a Gateway for Teaching
Seminar: "Jewish Meditation"-R. David Zeller
Monday, December 31:
Seminar: "Children's Understanding of Tefillah
from a Psychological Perspective"-Dr. Rina Rosenberg
Evaluation and Processing Session
ATID is also engaged in a project at London's Immanuel
College (with almost 500 students in grades 7 through 13), which has
turned to ATID in their effort to continually implement their integrated
Jewish studies curriculum. "At Immanuel we were looking for a partner to
help us remain faithful in a dynamic way to our school's informing vision
of the integrated Jew," says Headmaster Philip Skelker. "The ATID
faculty combines extensive practical experience of teaching in and leading
schools serving Modern Orthodox communities on the one hand, and
habituation to reflective, critical thought on the other. We require this
combination in a partner who will help us rise above pressing immediate
concerns and keep issues relating to values and purpose clearly in
R. Shlomo Eisenberger with student Shira Fox, grinding olive oil at Neot Kedumim.
If you'd like information on how ATID can work with your
Visit the Moriah School website.