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An exploration of the historical and contemporary understandings and purpose of Jewish education in North America. Through examination of various contexts and cultures of Jewish education, students will reconsider and refine their basic assumptions of Jewish education.

An analysis of the organization, structure, and function of higher education, including an examination of the role of mission, academic administration, student services, financial planning, and institutional advancement.

Semester: Online Fall 2020 Semester B- October 28 to December 22, 2020

This course addresses and answers the educational leadership questions: What is your responsibility as a leader and advocate for early childhood education prenatal through grade 4? Who can be a leader? How can you create positive change and influence positive outcomes for children and families?...

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This course will provide an overview of the research on effective leadership practices and the characteristics that people most admire in their leaders. Students will explore Kouzes’ and Posner’s research into the five exemplary leadership practices and Peter Senge’s view of the leader as...

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Semester: Online Fall 2020 Semester B- October 28 to December 22, 2020

Discusses theoretical concepts, practical insights and their application to leadership within Jewish communal institutions. Focuses on inspiring and developing effective leadership by addressing topics such as building a vision, encouraging collaboration, overcoming obstacles, recognizing...

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An analysis of the leadership characteristics that are esssential for effective management in educational institutions. Students will be encourage to relate theoretical concepts to their own real world practice.

Semester: Online Summer 2020 Semester A- May 6 to June 30, 2020

The 21st Century offers a great many challenges to teacher including significant advances in technology and a changing landscape in the law. Education professionals and administrators must be aware of federal and state common law, legislation and regulations in the performance of their duties....

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Semester: Online Summer 2020 Semester B- July 1 to August 25, 2020 AND Online Fall 2020 Semester A- August 26 to October 20, 2020

This is a survey of the vast literature that has arisen in response to the Holocaust. We will begin with excerpts from ghetto and camp diaries, writing that grapples with events as they are happening. We will spend the bulk of the course, however, reading a small selection of the fiction and...

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This course will examine the final days of occupation and war in Europe, and will focus on the lives of Jews and other survivors of persecution in the newly 'liberated' territories. What did 'liberation' mean for the 'Surviving Remnant' - hundreds of thousands who had survived concentration...

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The Five Scrolls (the five Biblical books of Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther) are read in synagogue on the major Jewish holidays. They reflect a whole range of emotion and historical situations, from national defeat to national triumph, and from cynicism and pessimism...

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Semester: Online Fall 2020 Semester B- October 28 to December 22, 2020

This program traces the history of the participation of Jews in American music, from Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” to Big Band music to Rock ‘n’ Roll and even to Rap. There was a major Jewish presence in all music, whether it was MoTown or Philadelphia’s American Bandstand. Rabbi Sussman’s...

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