The Conference on Alternatives in Jewish Education

Count the Omer with CAJE

Posted by Joel H. on April 28, 2008

By Joel M. Hoffman

The seven-week period from the second day of Passover to Shavuot is known as the Omer, and it represents our broad journey from slavery to Torah. It’s a time of personal growth, and renewed attention to vision: Where do you want to be? What do you want to do? How will you get there?

At CAJE 33, we’ll be using this time to craft the final program for Vermont. As we put pieces in place, we’ll post frequent updates here. So stay tuned – or even chime in with a comment – and join us on our Omer journey. (We already have information on the Roundtable Fishbowl and the “Who We Are” track.)

As a thought for these 50 days, I quote Ralph Waldo Emerson: “[Education] is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge.” Many supplementary schools feel too much like the slavery of Egypt and not enough like the joy of receiving Torah. CAJE 33 is working to fix that.


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