by Eyal Bor and Jill Eisen
The role of being an educator has changed. No longer is it just about writing the finest
curriculum, offering engaging lesson plans, and providing inspiring teacher development. Our
focus is now diverted to reaching out to unaffiliated families and fundraising.
Throughout the country, we have seen a trend where families lost the need, desire or ability to
be a part of mainstream Judaism and have chosen not to affiliate with synagogues or religious
schools.1 As a result, the future of our Hebrew schools is in peril. Funding for Jewish education
is scarce, causing those in the profession to lose their jobs or reevaluate careers where they do
not see a future. Registration plummets after Bar/Bat Mitzvah as the desire to continue in
Jewish education is no longer a priority.2 Something must be done to reverse this disturbing
trend and regain interest in Jewish education. The structure of religious school must become
flexible and convenient for families. The content must be tailored to meet the personal needs
of the students, whether the child is from an interfaith family, has learning challenges or is
advanced in Hebrew communication. We have made it our mission to make our religious
school Baltimore, MD strong, interactive, and prosperous.