Posted on December 17, 2019 by Dr. Sara Smith

As the semester comes to a close, I am looking forward to reviewing our students’ final projects for Reflective Practice 3. In this project, students create a professional portfolio that they can use to present themselves to potential future employers...

Posted on December 13, 2019 by Dr. Sara Smith

Over the summer, AJU renovated the third floor academic wing. This process included painting the walls and doors, which necessitated removing the mezuzot from the doorposts...

Posted on December 10, 2019 by Sharon Bacharach

I was recently the only social worker in a sea of occupational therapists at a conference in Colorado about our eighth sense: Interoception, by Kelly Mahler. I have been working with children for 30 years, however, never heard this word before, nor did I know that we have 8 senses...

Posted on November 20, 2019 by Dr. Bruce Powell

The ultimate challenge for Jewish education today is to determine for ourselves and our students, “Why do we need a Jewish education?”  Or, more to the point, “Why be Jewish?”...

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)...