Adapting Podcast: The quest to transform part-time Jewish education with Rabbi Nicki Greninger

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Join David Bryfman and Rabbi Nicki Greninger of Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, California for an animated conversation on what Rabbi Greninger insists we shouldn’t call "Hebrew School." 

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Join David Bryfman and Rabbi Nicki Greninger of Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, California for an animated conversation on what Rabbi Greninger insists we shouldn’t call "Hebrew School." Rabbi Greninger shares what makes today’s programs different from yesterday’s, what she’s doing to change the way students learn Hebrew, and how JQuest—Temple Isaiah’s education program for children 2 years old through 7th grade—is building Jewish identity, knowledge, and community through Jewish education.

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Rabbi Nicki Greninger and students at JQuest

"The word JQuest [for our part-time Jewish education program] is really intentional. A 'quest' implies something that is ongoing. You very rarely reach the end of the quest...It's a lifelong journey. We are figuring out what it means to be Jewish, and it might evolve over time."

Rabbi Nicki Greninger
Director of Lifelong Learning
Temple Isaiah, Lafayette, California


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Additional Resources:

JQuest @ Temple Isaiah

JQuest on YouTube

Let’s Stop Calling it Hebrew School” on eJewishPhilanthropy

Let's Stop Calling it "Hebrew School": Rationales, Goals, and Practices of Hebrew Education in Part-time Jewish Schools — CASJE Study

2021 Part-Time School Census by The Jewish Education Project

How the Creation of “Tracks” Re-invigorated our Religious School on eJewishPhilanthropy

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Area of Work

  • AS&B - After School and Beyond
  • CL - Congregational Learning
  • FE - Family Engagement

Resource Type

  • Podcast

Resource Topic

  • Leadership
  • Hebrew

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