Rachel Stern with children

Rachel Stern

Rachel Stern is the former Director of Education at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL). As of fall 2018, she is Chief Learning & Engagement Officer at Shalom Austin.


Articles by Rachel Stern

Re-Writing The Headlines About Hebrew Schools

As a professional Jewish educator, I try to stay current on the field of Jewish education by reading the latest ...

Exercising New Teaching Skills – Literally

I consider myself to be a versatile teacher. I’ve taught all ages, all topics, and in all settings—or so I ...

My Jewish Camp Group’s 27-Year-Reunion (Or, “How My Husband Finally ‘Got’ My Jewish Camp Obsession”)

Growing up in Texas, I started attending Greene Family Camp in 1980. I was one of those camp kids: Greene ...

Blessings Over Burdens

This year, I decided to give the #BlogElul challenge a try. I am mostly posting Facebook statuses to explore each ...

Judaism Blooms Each Summer… In Jackson, Mississippi

You may not picture central Mississippi as central to Jewish life. But every summer, one of the most dynamic Jewish ...

Flying the Friendly Skies

I’m what you would call a reluctant business traveler. While I am the director of the Education Department of the ...

Jewish Camp Scholarships: Are We Being Mensches?

Like many Jewish children, my kids live for camp! They count down every day of the year until it’s time ...

“Funny, You Don’t Look Jewish…”

Three Jewish women walked into a nail salon…. This is not a joke, just what I did with two of ...

Bully on the Bimah: Bar Mitzvah, No Matter What?

Picture this: a really mean kid. A kid who spends each day at school calling others names, like fat and ...

The Hobby Lobby Hanukkah Hubbub

This week, my Facebook news-feed is filled with outrage about the fact that Hobby Lobby won’t carry Hanukkah decorations. Many ...