When hip-hop elevates Jewish Education

“I am a Jewish educator. And like many educators I try to follow the mantra of ‘starting where the students are.’ That starting place could be surfing, animation, manicures, dance or Hip Hop. What I think is often overlooked with this type of pedagogy is that not all starting points are equal. Hip Hop, I contend, with its emphasis on creative expression and critical thinking, makes for a unique cultural octane, able both to ignite interest in Judaism and to do so without compromising tradition by making it shallow or something it is not.”

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