Jewish Educational Leadership with Soul

What does it take to make truly transformative Jewish education? Rabbi Marc Baker argues that leadership and education are moral and spiritual endeavors that require constant self-examination and improvement. Reflecting on his work at the Gann Academy, Rabbi Baker discusses how Mussar teachings can be incorporated into the curriculum for both students and teachers in order to create an environment infused with Jewish values and where moral growth is a shared endeavor for all.

Rabbi Marc Baker is Head of Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish high school in the Boston area. After receiving a BA in Religious Studied from Yale, he spent four years studying at the Pardes Institute in Jerusalem, where he received an MA in Jewish Education from Hebrew College and rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Danny Landes, Rosh Yeshiva of Pardes. Previously, Rabbi Baker was Director of Judaics and Student Life at the Doris and Alex Weber Jewish Community High School in Atlanta, Georgia, during which time he also participated in leadership and education training programs at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was awarded the Pomegranate Prize, an award for exceptional emerging Jewish educators, in 2011 by the Covenant Foundation.

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