February 22, 2012
The Jewish Lens Curriculum has been a powerful tool for engages both teenagers and adults. I have used the curriculum with three different groups over thee past two years. In each group, participants have embraced the opportunities for self expression that the curriculum provides. They love taking photographs and sharing them with the group and the community. The process of taking, critiquing and ultimately displaying their photographs has given them a unique means with which to explore their own Jewish identity and values. This exploration takes place not only on an intellectual level, as it might if we were doing strictly text study, but also on an emotional level as well. As a result, the process of study, creation and exhibition has had a profound impact on the students; far more then I would expect in a more conventional educational setting. If the new imperative in Jewish education is to educate the "whole person"--the Jewish Lens Curriculum has been for our students a great example of how important and effective this approach can be.
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