Every Voice Matters

A message from our Executive Director, Joshua Troderman
Every Voice Matters

ShalomLearning aims to create an engaging and welcoming atmosphere where every voice matters.

This month began with an amazing gathering of 50 of our all-star teachers from 11 states working on visioning the future of Jewish education together. It was an incredible opportunity to learn best practices together featuring 18 guest speakers, but also a chance for every voice to be heard as we continue to build the best team of teachers ever. The ultimate goal behind the scenes is to find exciting and engaging, pluralistic ways to shine the light of Judaism into our communities. We also continue to grow a collective online community that is empowered to live meaningful Jewish lives through a sense of shared Jewish values.

As far as the work itself, we are designing a certificate program in Jewish Education Technology; preparing ways to share best practices and resources online with Jewish educators and families:  and formulating a robust form of metrics to track the results of our efforts over the years to come.

ShalomLearning is innovating Jewish education with blended learning. But as innovators, we also need to constantly ask ourselves, what should we keep and what should we get rid of? What should we add? We are all works in progress and our innovations in curriculum, technology and professional development are no exception.

The best kind of builder asks the question, “what do the people really want or need?” I have my own ideas and biases on how to answer that question, but that would be only one opinion. My goal as the leader of this organization is to build an environment where every voice is heard, people can rise and give to their best of abilities, and we can learn from each other every chance we can as we grow together.

This is going to be an amazing year, and I am planning to visit every one of our 23 partner synagogues to observe their blended classrooms in action and ask the key questions to our educational leaders, teachers, parents and to the most important one of them all…our students. We all have twice as many ears as mouths, and listening is the key to learning.

Josh Troderman

About Josh Troderman

Joshua Troderman, CEO of ShalomLearning has been a passionate innovator of Jewish education for the last 19 years. Josh has held teaching and administrative positions at a number of Jewish day schools, synagogues, and summer camps, including The Rashi School, The Rodeph Shalom Day School, The Kesher Community Hebrew School, The Rebecca and Israel Ivry Prozdor High School, Congregation Kehillath Israel, Camp Ramah, Camp Edward Isaacs, and Storahtelling. Since 2009, Josh has also directed JChoice.org, a giving platform that empowers Jewish youth to learn about and experience the mitzvah of Tzedakah. Josh holds a master’s degree in Jewish Education (2005) from The William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education. He lives in Brookline, MA with his wife and two children, and can be seen playing keyboards and singing on Thursdays with his soul and funk band called The New Mother Earth.