The Reform Jewish Quarterly Winter 2014


Published by the Central Conference of American Rabbis

Sacred Teaching and Spiritual Learning

From the Editor


  • Introduction to This Issue by the Guest Editors, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso and Michael Shire

Section One: The State of Jewish Spiritual Education

  • Beyond Romanticism: Having Something Spiritual to Say, Lawrence A. Hoffman
  • The Middle Realm, the Creative Process, and the Creator in Religious Education, Jerome W. Berryman
  • A Transformational Model for Jewish Education, Rami Shapiro

Section Two: Children’s Jewish Spiritual Education

  • Avirah Ruchanit—Creating a “Spiritual Atmosphere” for Jewish Teens, Moshe Ben-Lev
  • Good Grief: Helping Jewish Children Live with Death, Jennifer Gubitz
  • Choose Life: Identifying and Addressing the Spiritual Needs of B’nei Mitzvah Students and Families, Goldie Milgram
  • An Experiment in Spiritual Education: Teacher as Researcher, Student as Theologian, Joel Mosbacher and Wendy Grinberg
  • Practices that Nurture Young Jewish Children’s Spiritual Development, Deborah Schein
  • “I Knew That Within Me There Was God”—Teaching Spiritual Awareness to Children, Amy Scheinerman

Section Three: Jewish Spiritual Guidance and Formation

  • The Quest for Meaning: Insights on Nurturing Adult Spiritual Development, Roberta Louis Goodman
  • Jewish Spiritual Direction: Developing a Vocabulary for the Experiences of Our Inner Lives, Jacob J. Staub
  • The Practice of Teaching Jewish Spirituality: Some Lessions I Have Learned, Sheila Peltz Weinberg

Section Four: The Arts and Jewish Spirituality

  • (Re)Learning L’Hitpaleil: The Performance of Prayer as Spiritual Education, Tamar Heather Havilio
  • Jewish Early Adolescent Spirituality, Micah Lapidus
  • Storytelling and Spirituality: Sacred and Shared between Generations, Peninnah Schram

Poetry on the Theme of the Symposium

  • She Said Yes, Barbara AB Symons
  • Akiva, Joseph Black
  • Hide and Seek, Brad L. Bloom
  • Morning Prayer, Tamara Cohen
  • Astronauts, Judy Katz

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