It’s Time to Move from Engagement to Empowerment

By Leemor Ellman and Robert Lichtman
Published in eJewish Philanthropy

empower.jpgWhat would we say about a Math teacher who engages students with the power of numbers, but fails to empower students to add them up? How long would a Physical Education teacher last who engages students by taking them to ball games but never empowers them to play? Why then, does so much of the language and activity from Jewish communal planners, educators and clergy stop short and aspire only to engagement, and not push through to the ultimate goal of empowerment? Why do they seem satisfied to foster a relationship with learners tethered by engagement rather than encouraging learners, even provoking them to become independent?

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My Part in The Partnership: Meet Aaron of Camp Harlam

Teachers are often expected to know ALL the answers, but how do they know all the answers?! By participating in TLC - The Learning Conference!

The Partnership convenes The Learning Conference, which attracts Jewish educators from across Greater MetroWest to share best practices through sessions and interactions among afternoon and day school teachers, education directors and youth advisors.  
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My Part in The Partnership: Meet Amy

Amy.pngAdjusting to a new place can be tough, especially when you have young children in tow and are looking for more ways to engage in the local Jewish community. Luckily for many families like Amy's, The Partnership's Family Connectors can assist in making the transition smoother.  

Amy happened to meet our West Orange Parent Connector at a restaurant just three days after moving to New Jersey in 2013.  Amy explained how their initial chance encounter developed into a relationship.  

"We clicked instantly, became great friends, and she helped get me connected to the local Jewish community along the way!" 

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