Avoda Arts is proud to partner with Facing History and Ourselves, the renowned organization that helps students learn about anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice so they can prevent it from hapening in the future. Our dramatic short film, PIGEON, continues to be a featured resource of Facing History's unique lending library, which reaches a network of more than 90,000 educators worldwide.


Professional Development: Integrating the Arts and Jewish Learning

Avoda Arts offers a variety of professional development opportunities to help Jewish educators develop and sharpen their arts facilitation skills, enrich their teaching with imaginative activities, and guide the creative voices of their students. Educators explore firsthand the ways that the arts are helping create more dynamic, integrated Jewish learning settings that resonate with students' lives.

Groundbreaking research in the education community over the last 25 years has expanded our thinking about how people learn, communicate and understand the world. The leaders in this field - from Howard Gardner and David Perkins to Maxine Greene and Elliot Eisner - have shown us why the arts can play a vital role in improving students' ability to learn: schools that integrate music, art, film, photography, and theatre provide a range of ways for students to access content and express understanding of ideas. For many students, the arts provide an educational "way through," because text is not the only way that students learn.

Our seminars and workshops fuse the best practices from the general education arena with the "big ideas" in Judaism. Our emphasis is on developing educators' fluency with visual and media arts strategies, and helping them make their classrooms more dynamic and inspiring places. Moreover, participants gain confidence in using arts-based educational approaches that can become catalysts for deeper Jewish learning and greater personal development.

Upcoming Workshops: Avoda Arts' Director, Debbie Krivoy, will be leading teacher-training workshops in the following locations

  • Chicago / August 24
"Art Works! Creative Approaches for Infusing the Arts into Jewish Learning"
Temple Jeremiah, Northfield
Sponsored by the Community Foundation for Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago

  • Philadelphia / October 28
"Integrating the Arts into Our Jewish Classrooms"
Har Zion Temple, Penn Valley
Sponsored by the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education