Identifying the Mission
By Darren Kleinberg
Only an understanding that all of Judaism has evolved and changed over time will empower and reassure students that they, too, can be a part of the process of change within Judaism.
As an educator in a pluralistic, community high school, I have never been committed to students graduating as Conservative, Reform, or Orthodox Jews. A student’s standard of observance never has been the measuring stick. My goal always has been to graduate students who, regardless of their particular affiliation (or lack thereof) — take their Judaism seriously.