For a community of faith, we tend to avoid THE major tenet of our faith, God. What should we be saying about God? How should we be relating to God? Abi Taylor-Abt wants to talk to you about the relationship wit... h God you could have. Savor these light questions as we head into Shabbat! See lessSee more
The Rest is Commentary
Most Jewish educators feel frustrated by their inability to help their students appreciate the transformative power of tefillah-and not for lack of trying. Numerous books try to explain the tefillot and new siddurim are published every year with original commentaries and insights. 1 Every Jewish educational organization has a tefillah program for schools to implement.
On a variety of measures, Jews are less religious than the general public. For example, roughly one-quarter of Jews say religion is very important in their lives, compared with more than half of Americans overall. Similarly, a quarter of Jews say they attend religious services at least once or twice a month, compared with 50% among the general population.
Reprinted with permission from God Was Not in the Fire (Simon & Schuster). Judaism, more than any other major religious tradition does not see skeptics as second-class citizens. It would be difficult to imagine a committed Christian for whom some faith statement about Jesus was not a central religious tenet, or a Muslim openly skeptical about Allah.
Director of Education | Yachad Religious School, Temple Emanu-El and Congregation Beth Shalom
Abi Taylor-Abt is an award-winning and highly regarded Jewish Educator and Curriculum Developer who has worked in the field of Jewish Primary and Secondary Educational Curriculum Development for over twenty years. She is the author of Lessons in Jewish Learning--a grab-and-go curriculum for communities and Jewish schools. Originally from London, Abi has lived in Israel, South Africa, England and the United States. After working in Boise, Idaho, Abi returned to Israel for another 5 years whilst her children served in the army. She is currently Director of Education for Yachad, a combined educational endeavor between the Conservative congregation of Beth Shalom and the Reform community of Temple Emanu-El in Michigan, USA. She was a 2018 recipient of the Klein/Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education.