Thriving: A Textual Deep Dive

The Jewish Education Project
May 24, 2023

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what is this about?

One of the key elements of Jewish Education that leads to thriving is utilizing Jewish wisdom that will allow learners to live a more meaningful, relationship-driven, and responsible life and to become the best possible versions of themselves. This 3 part textual deep dive will empower educators to utilize Jewish texts and deep, rich, content in their classrooms, to help their students thrive.  

We will focus on three tools of the Thriving Methodology:

1. Authenticity - bringing one's whole self into textual learning.
2. Multi-vocal Nature of Text – making space for differences of perspective. 
3. Context is Everything – understanding the background of the text, and why it matters.

What will I learn?

•    Participants will learn texts that are accessible and relevant to their work
•    Participants will understand how deep, rich, Jewish text study fits into the Thriving framework
•    Participants will practice one Jewish text skill per session, to begin to build habits and confidence around using texts to help their learners thrive

Is this for me?

This program is for those in congregational learning, after-school models or beyond who either supervise teachers or work directly with learners ages K-12th grade creating learning environments that lead to thriving. 

No prior experience with Jewish text is necessary to attend the mini-series. All levels of experience with Jewish text are welcome!

Dates and Times

May 24th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

May 31st, 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

June 14th, 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET


Contact Rabba Yaffa Epstein, Senior Scholar and Educator in Residence at The Jewish Education Project

Rabba Yaffa Epstein
Rabba Yaffa Epstein

Rabba Yaffa Epstein is the Senior Scholar and Educator in Residence at the Jewish Education Project. Formerly, she served as the Director of the Wexner Heritage Program at the Wexner Foundation. Epstein has also served as the Director of Education, North America for the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and was a member of the faculty. She has served on the faculties of Yeshivat Maharat and the Drisha Institute. Epstein has served as an Educator and Scholar in Residence for the Dorot Fellowship, Moishe House, Jewish Federation of North America, the Covenant Foundation, the Nahum Goldmann Fellowship, Repair the World, the Meorot Fellowship, and the KADIMA Fellowship. She has lectured at numerous Limmud events around the globe, has written curriculum for the Global Day of Jewish Learning and has created innovative educational programming for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. She received Rabbinic Ordination from Yeshivat Maharat, earned an additional private Ordination from Rabbi Daniel Landes, holds a Law Degree from Bar-Ilan University, and studied at the Talmud Department at Hebrew University.

Rabba Epstein is passionate about making Jewish learning accessible and exciting, and creating learning environments that are welcoming, diverse, and inclusive to all who wish to participate. She has taught educators, rabbis and lay leaders from across the spectrum of Jewish denominations.



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