Building a Framework for Learning Rabbinic Texts at MILTON

Written by Ronit Greenstein on . Posted in Features

Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital (MILTON) is one of several select schools across North America to participate in the Legacy Heritage Instructional Leadership Institute (LHILI), working in close collaboration with staff at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS). The aim of this two-year fellowship (2018-2020 academic years) is to enhance the teaching and learning of rabbinic literature by offering faculty-intensive and distinctive professional learning. The initiative includes school visits by an educational consultant and rabbinical advisor, as well as conferences and learning institutes.

MILTON staff recently participated in an opening seminar with leaders from other schools, and Pre-K to Grade 2 faculty engaged in full-day workshops led by MILTON’s LHILI educational consultant.

“Working with the teachers at MILTON has been a delight — they are thoughtful, sensitive, creative, and enthusiastic. I look forward to seeing the amazing things they will do to enrich and enhance an already strong curriculum through their exploration of original sources from the rabbinic tradition and their use of the rabbinics standards,” said Cindy Reich, a Talmud Torah educator consultant with LHILI and the Davidson Graduate School of Education at JTS.

Over the next two years, academic directors and faculty will work with experts to delve deeply into a study of Mishnah, Gemara, and the rest of the rabbinical corpus. Using a standards and benchmarks approach, they will create a framework to effectively teach the topics and skills necessary for accessing rabbinic literature.

By Ronit Greenstein


Ronit Greenstein is a MILTON parent and the school’s director of communication.