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March 12, 2013 / Rabbi Laura

NATE, learning & thinking, big and small

This week I have been sitting in NATE Leadership Team meetings with dear colleagues, treasured friends, and respected educators in our Movement. I have been learning and thinking  a lot in these meetings this week. Learning and thinking about ideas big and small. Screen Shot 2013-03-12 at 1.38.36 PM

I always learn more about the passion my fellow Jewish educators have for their – our – work and how we realize that in our institutions. We recommit ourselves at these meetings to this incredibly valuable organization and the vital work we do on behalf of Jewish educators and Jewish education.

I’ve learned about an amazing congregation in suburban Chicago that has been hosting us this week. The leadership of BJBE is leading the way in our Movement’s efforts in creating intentional sacred space and engaging its members in meaningful Jewish living.

Rabbi Kedar taught me a new way of thinking about Judaism. Her short shiur (lesson)/tour of the building left me with this thought

In Judaism, asking the question is more often significant than the answer. What’s your big question that guides your life?

I’m contemplating this one a lot today!

Intentional is an appropriate word to describe the NATE leadership’s deliberations.  We are guided by our mission, vision and values. We have strategic goals that we check-in on regularly.  We make decisions by consensus. Our conversations are thoughtful, careful and especially respectful.

On a less existential note, I’ve learned some tricks for tweaking my blog. Watch for changes coming soon. And I’ve learned to make my own word cloud on, which is super fun.

It is always a lot of fun to spend time with colleagues and friends at these NATE Leadership meetings.  Overwhelmingly though, it is a great honor to participate in the leadership of NATE and be part of the voice of Jewish education in our Movement.

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