Founded in 2006, the mission of Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education is to provide teachers and individuals with tools to breathe life into Jewish text study and enable a personally relevant, meaningful, and life-impacting experience. Awarded a two-year grant to partner with Jewish day schools in North America, Ayeka recently announced that it selected Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital — along with Atlanta Jewish Academy, Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, and Netivot HaTorah Day School in Toronto — to participate in a cohort funded jointly by the AVI CHAI, Kohelet, and Mayberg foundations.
MILTON educators Zahava Bensimon and Nechama Malkiel were selected to participate in the multi-year program. Bensimon teaches fifth grade Judaic studies and serves as an instructional leader for Judaic studies in grades 2-5, and Malkiel teaches third and fourth grade Judaic studies. Through the program, Bensimon and Malkiel will become experts in implementing Ayeka’s Soulful Education pedagogy and will be able to train and coach other Judaic studies staff members at MILTON in Ayeka’s proven methodology. The program will include retreats, on-site coaching sessions, individual mentoring, and virtual discussions for members of the selected schools’ faculty and administration.
By Ronit Greenstein
Ronit Greenstein is director of communications at MILTON.