Getting Serious about Play in Jewish Education

by | Oct 26, 2023 | Events and Opportunities for Educators

Learning About Learning: A Conversation with Rabbi Judd Kruger Levingston, PhD
Getting Serious About Play in Jewish Education

Wednesday, November 15, 1-1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom / Free / Register at

Beyond lifting the spirits of teachers and students, play in Jewish education spaces can also shape moral development and character. Drawing from his new research, Judd Kruger Levingston will share how teachers and administrators can cultivate “a moral ecology of play” in classrooms, hallways, gathering spaces, and playgrounds. In this session, Levingston will speak about ways in which a wide variety of approaches to play across the curriculum and throughout a school’s culture can transform a young person’s values and moral outlook.

Rabbi Judd Kruger Levingston, Ph.D., is a graduate of Harvard College and of the Jewish Theological Seminary. He serves as Director of Jewish Studies and as Advisor to the Derech Eretz Honor Council at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in the Philadelphia area, and has served as a teacher and administrator in a variety of faith-based and non-sectarian schools. He is the author of Sowing the Seeds of Character: The Moral Education of Adolescents in Public and Private Schools and recipient of the 2019-2020 Sylvia and Moshe Ettenberg Research Grant from the Network for Research in Jewish Education, which supported the field research for this book.

Learning About Learning: Conversations with Scholars of Jewish Education:
Join us virtually for a series of conversations hosted by Mandel Center Director Jon A. Levisohn (Brandeis University), in which leading scholars of Jewish education discuss what they have learned from their investigations of various aspects of Jewish education, and why it matters.

Videos and podcasts of past events can be found at