Teachers Discover Education Is a “Growing” Process

About the Event
This year’s “Global Day of Jewish Learning” included dozens of educators participating in informative and hands-on educations sessions, all dealing with this year's GDJL theme- nature and the environment.

The event opened with a presentation by JewishLearningMatters.com, followed by the awarding of the annual Gerald Legow “Outstanding Achievement in Jewish Education” recognition award. This year’s winner, much to her delighted surprise, was Beverly Feurring, a teacher at Congregation B’nai Israel’s Barry Ira Graff School for Living Judaism. She was presented with a beautiful award and her family, as well as Rabbi Robert Silvers, were there for the ceremony as a surprise.

Following the award presentation, it was time for everyone to get their hands dirty – literally. The workshop was “Grass Roots: The Relationship Between Gardening and Judaism,” featuring details on a future community garden, the partnership between plant and soil, and the origin of gardening in Judaism. The teachers made aquaponic terrariums, a project that they can easily duplicate with their students.

The Department of Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County is the central address of the local Jewish educational community. Through collective efforts, the Department of Jewish Education develops and provides educational enrichment opportunities for all segments of the Jewish community and its institutions. Its Department of School Educational Services facilitates and supports joint activities and professional development among the community’s Jewish day schools, congregational schools and early childhood centers.

For more information, contact Marilyn Nachman, Coordinator of Department of Jewish Education, at 561.852.3218; marilynn@bocafed.org.