How can Jewish education speak to every child and help them live meaningful, purposeful, and fulfilling lives? How can Jewish texts, traditions, and experiences contribute to individual growth and development? As part of its ongoing work to advance innovation and positive change in Jewish education, JESNA's Lippman Kanfer Institute is pleased to share its latest web publication on Whole Person (Holistic) Learning, an approach to Jewish education that focuses on these critical questions.
Whole person (or holistic) learning approaches each learner individually, and engages the learner's mind, heart, soul and sense of being. Jewish learning that aims to educate the whole person deals with more than just those aspects of knowledge and behavior that we think of as specifically "Jewish" (e.g., Jewish rituals). It addresses the entirety of our lives - physical, social, emotional, ethical, and spiritual - thereby bringing today's Jewish education in line with the breadth and depth of the Jewish tradition itself.
The impetus for this web publication began with a Jewish Education Change Network webinar on Whole Person Learning, led by the Jewish Education Project's Director of Innovation and Congregational Learning, Cyd Weissman. Many of the over 45 professionals who attended the webinar requested continued conversation and learning. The web publication addresses those needs by providing in-depth explanations, application suggestions, profiles of a half dozen programs and institutions that practice whole person Jewish learning, and interactive opportunities.