NewCAJE in August

From Sarah’s Laughter to Naomi’s Silence: Experiencing PIJE at NewCAJE
NewCAJE offered a great opportunity to bring PIJE  (Philosophical Inquiry in Jewish Education) to a wider gathering of Jewish educators over this summer. Jen Glaser (Engaging Texts), Susan Morrel (Hebrew College, Boston)  and Yafit Megadish (Studio 70, Berkeley) joined forces to run four sessions that introduced participants to key aspects of this approach. The first and last sessions engaged participants in inquiries around Biblical texts. In these sessions we chose to use images in different ways: the first, to create a ‘gallery of laughter’ leading to an exploration of Sarah’s reaction to the news she would have a child, and the last to explore artists’ interpretations of the relationship between Naomi, Orpah and Ruth at their point of parting (when Naomi ceases speaking to Ruth).  The second session ‘”Beyond the first question” focused on skills of inquiry, whereas the third, longer session, offered an opportunity to explore both the ‘theory behind the practice’ of this approach, including videos from the classroom. 59 educators took part in the sessions, several coming back again and again!
*Photos: Interpretations of Naomi’s Silence 

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About Jen Glaser

Hi. I am the founder and Director of 'Engaging Texts'. As an educator I have been involved in Philosophy for Children for around 30 years - and I have been involved in informal and formal Jewish education even longer. Four years ago I decided to bring these two passions together through developing the field of "Philosophical Inquiry in Jewish Education". I am so happy to have met, and been able to work with, so many of you in this process. My goal over the coming years is to continue to develop and expand this field. I would say more about why, but you can rad about that on the website. I also want to say that this endeavour would not have been possible without the generous support of both the Covenant Foundation and the JECC in Cleveland Ohio, for which I am very grateful!

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