Posted on February 19th, 2016

What’s In a Name?

“The thing we call a rose would smell just as sweet if we called it by any other name,” wrote Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet – and we all know how that turned out!

The Association of Reform Jewish Educators understands the importance of names – our new name reflects the reality that our members work in diverse settings, that Jewish education has expanded from the synagogue to more creative and entrepreneurial settings and that Reform Jewish educators not only work in all of these venues but also influence the lives of their constituents as we interact on multiple levels.

And, as our placements have diversified, the work of our organization has increased.  We are visionary and aspirational; working to bring new voices into the field through recruitment and elevating the position of the educator through our advocacy work.  We are relational – providing a place for colleagues to network and support each other.  We are committed to learning – hosting an annual gathering each year.

All of these activities require people on the bus – and we have a seat for you!  Lori Daitch and Vanessa Ehrlich, our Membership Involvement Coordinators, are looking for ARJE members to move our work forward.  There are short term task forces, committee work – even a commitment to making birthday calls one day a month (I have the 16th!).

Our organization is strengthened when our members become volunteers, committed to moving the work of the ARJE forward.  Please join us in this exciting adventure.

Anne Berman-Waldorf, RJE, is Director of Lifelong Education at Congregation Beth Chaim in Malvern, PA, and she is an avid knitter. She is the ARJE’s First Vice-President.