Some of the best gifts we give our grandchildren at Hanukkah are spiritual ones. Participants are invited to a dialogue about spiritual development and raising Jewish grandchildren in the digital age.
Jeff and Deb draw selections from their own volumes Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology and Inspiring Wonder, Awe, and Empathy: Spiritual Development in Young Children. A volume by Dr. Daniel Siegal, The Power of Showing Up will also be used. Together these three volumes remind us of our own transitions from parent to grandparenthood and the new set of gifts we can offer.
Jeffrey Schein is a 1977 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and a 1980 doctoral graduate in education from Temple University. For forty years he ran Jewish schools, developed Jewish curricular materials, and taught and guided over 100 graduate students to their master’s degrees in Jewish education at Siegal College in Cleveland where he was the director of the education program. He is the author of twelve books and dozens of articles appearing in Jewish and religious education journals.
Deb Schein has been an early childhood educator since 1972; receiving her PhD in ECE in 2012 with a focus on spiritual development. She currently teaches at Champlain College and provides professional development for MN Develop/Achieve. She has written two books on spirituality and continues to research the relationship between spiritual development, nature, play, peace, and well-being. Deb is Married to Jeffrey Schein; has three grown children; and three grandchildren and currently lives in Minneapolis, MN.