Published in the Hebrew Watchman, May 30, 2019
Over 150 Jewish educators, including Mrs. Maya Sharabi from Bornblum Jewish Community School, recently convened in Newark, New Jersey to learn and reflect on their participation in the Legacy Heritage Teacher Institute Colloquium.
The Legacy Heritage Teacher Institute is comprised of three tracks of Jewish day school teacher professional development, including Jewish texts, arts, and teacher leadership. The programs share a common goal of raising the quality of instruction and learning through intensive training, mentoring, and the development and implementation of sustainable, replicable, innovative curricula and programs.
Maya Sharabi is Bornblum’s first and second grade Hebrew and Jewish Studies teacher. She participated in the Legacy Heritage program as a fellow in 2016. During her time as a fellow, Sharabi learned about and developed curriculum to teach T’fillah (prayer) through Art. Today at Bornblum, children engaged by this curriculum study Jewish prayers and illustrate them in their own siddur (prayer book). Sharabi attended the program this year in Newark as an alumni.
During her time as a Legacy Heritage fellow, Sharabi had the opportunity to meet with other teachers who are innovative in their practices, and bring that work back to Bornblum. According to Sharabi, the conference in Newark was, “very inspirational. I learned from new colleagues and got to see old colleagues. I am looking forward to taking some of their ideas and bring them to our school.”
According to Daniel R. Weiss, Bornblum’s head of school, “Maya’s participation in this program has and will continue to have an impact on our students and our teachers. The excitement, passion and innovation the Teacher Institute provides enriches our curriculum and pedagogy through Maya’s participation.”