Posted on November 13, 2019 by Sharon Bacharach

Teaching both in the MAed and BA program has so far been an amazing experience for me. I’ve been meeting so many early childhood educators from multiple Jewish and non-Jewish ECCs. Students drive and hour or two for our classes; that is dedication...

Posted on November 7, 2019 by Dr. Sara Smith

The month of Tishrei is a marathon for Jews everywhere. For educators, it’s an iron man. We do not want to look back and count even one missed opportunity, so we take advantage of it all and do our best to create as many teachable moments as possible...

Posted on November 6, 2019 by Dr. Rachel Lerner

Recently, I had the privilege of sitting in on two of our classes: Dr. Bruce Powell’s class on Educational Philosophy and Bill Cohen’s Teaching Jewish Holidays. The philosophy class was discussing Buber’s seminal work I and Thou and its implications for education...

Posted on October 31, 2019 by Dr. Bruce Powell

On November 3, 2019, Dr. Gil Graff, Head of the Builders of Jewish Education (BJE) in Los Angeles, will be visiting our class.  Aside from his role as an educational leader, Dr. Graff is a world expert on the history of Jewish education...

Posted on September 26, 2019 by Lauren Friedman

I applied to this program because I thought one day, maybe, I might want to try my hand at being a preschool director. I had been working as the Director of Family Programs at Westside JCC since graduating from my first round of graduate school in 2011 (MSW from USC and Masters in Jewish Nonprofit management from HUC-JIR)...

Posted on September 18, 2019 by Dr. Bruce Powell

Our students are not blank slates.  They are complex beings who live within the context of what is becoming a more complex society every day.  Not understanding the “society” within which our children grow up, not understanding the pressures, the media, culture, and families in which our children reside, is to be terribly hobbled as an educator...

Posted on September 3, 2019 by Dr. Bruce Powell

The etymology of the word “philosophy” is simply, “love of wisdom.”  “Wisdom,” in my view, is the accumulation of knowledge, values, and experiences that guide us as we make decisions in life, and thereby bring a sense of order, meaning, and contribution...

Posted on September 3, 2019 by Dr. Tamar Andrews

I started the BA and MA program in ECE here at AJU thinking that I would help to educate a new generation of early childhood educators. I had high aspirations of what I would be lecturing on, activities, etc. However, as all things go that are planned out meticulously, my students had other plans for me...