The Jewish Education Olde Thyme Radio Hour: “Conversations We Aren’t Having” w/Jonathan Cannon

Believe it or not, but our earliest schools are wrapping up this week and the rest will be doing the same in the weeks to come.  We, too, will be transitioning into summer modes of communication.  Last week, I shared the results of our first-ever Annual Membership Survey.  And in the weeks to come, we will lay out more detail about our programmatic agenda for next year and how feedback may have played into our decision-making process.

In the meanwhile, let me express my sincere thanks to the good folks at ELI Talks and ELI on Air for letting me and my good friend Rabbi Marc Baker experiment with a podcast pilot this year.  I have said before that just the time we spent prepping for the podcasts and conducting them was more than sufficient for me to deem the experiment a success.  But we do have ambition larger than finding an excuse to think together…

Our goals for the podcast’s future include…

  • Being more interactive – our goal is for the podcast to feel more like a “talk show” and less like…um…a “podcast”.  This means we need to be more aggressive/inspirational/inviting/encouraging in order to weave people’s questions, comments and contributions into the podcast itself.  We know (hope) you are out there listening…now we need you to be part of the action.
  • Relevance.  Strong topics and strong guests.  We want to bring you ideas and people you really want to talk to and hear from.
  • Edutainment.  We want this to be fun – for us and for you!  Finding a way to balance serious conversation with having a good time is what it is all about.

Have we gotten any better at the above?  Check out our most recent podcast and let us know!  Feel free to comment here on my blog or on the podcast page itself!

Author: Jon Mitzmacher

Dr. Jon Mitzmacher is the Head of the Ottawa Jewish Community School. He was most recently the VP of Innovation for Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools.  He is the former Executive Director of the Schechter Day School Network.  He is also the former head of the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School, a K-8 Solomon Schechter, located in Jacksonville, FL, and part of the Jacksonville Jewish Center.  He was the founding head of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Las Vegas.  Jon has worked in all aspects of Jewish Education from camping to congregations and everything in between.

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