Education

Do you have gender-based privilege? Our male privilege checklist might help you figure it out!

Sometimes, when people talk about sexism, they talk about one person being sexist or doing a sexist action. There is a tendency to individualize sexism, to attribute it to a person, small group of people, or a specific context.This can be tricky...

Rethinking B’nai Mitzvah

Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director of the JCC in Manhattan, offered this challenge to the Jewish community as the closing speaker at the Ma’yan Symposium on Bat Mitzvah. Ma’yan is grateful for her permission to reprint these remarks....

We Can’t Eat a Meaningful Philosophy of Life: Thoughts on David Brooks’ “If It Feels Right…”

In late 1950s the Jewish American psychologist, Lawrence Kohlberg, set out to map the development of human moral reasoning.  Following World War II, Kohlberg had served on a ship smuggling Jews through the British blockade of Palestine.  As a scholar,...

Interview with Mara Yacobi

Mara Yacobi is an educator, social worker and public speaker who works with teens and educators around issues of sexuality. She will appear on Ma'yan's Progressive Sex Education Panel on March 14th, 2012. Ma'yan: How does the inclusion of Jewish values make...