Hadar’s Children and Families Division is building a network of families and young adults aspiring to a shared religious vision. Through ongoing classes, a tutoring network, and meaningful resources, we are investing in the next generation and building a world animated by our core values of Torah, Avodah, and Hesed.
We are excited to devote energy and resources to this critical part of our communal future. And we are excited to join with you—parents and kids alike—as we allow our Jewish commitments to have lifelong, multi-generational impact.
Hadar’s Children and Families Division brings together the excellence of Hadar faculty with the educational expertise of Hadar’s Pedagogy of Partnership.
Rabbi Ethan Tucker is President and Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar and chair in Jewish Law. Ethan also directs Hadar’s Center for Jewish Law and Values. He was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. from Harvard College. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship and serves as a trustee of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
Rabbi Aviva Richman is Rosh Yeshiva at Hadar and has been on the faculty since 2010. A graduate of Oberlin College, she studied in the Pardes Kollel and the Drisha Scholars' Circle and was ordained by Rabbi Danny Landes. She also holds a doctorate in Talmud at NYU. Interests include Talmud, Halakhah, Midrash and gender, and also a healthy dose of niggunim.
Chana Kupetz is the Children’s and Families Program Manager at Hadar. Prior to her work at Hadar, Chana taught Hebrew and Judaic Studies at Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School in Washington, DC and at Heilicher Jewish Day School in Minneapolis. Originally from Israel, Chana was a fellow in Hadar’s first full-year Beit Midrash where she met her wife. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Northeastern University in Boston. Chana lives in Washington, DC with her wife Avi Strausberg and their two young children.
Allison Cook is a teacher, educator, and educational designer specializing in the creation of vibrant Jewish learning programs for students of all ages as well as substantive professional communities of practice in Jewish education. Allison has published both scholarly and popular articles on this work, has created practical tools and frameworks to improve teaching and learning, and conducts trainings, consultations and coaching with educators. An alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Allison earned her Ed.M. in Teaching and Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and M.A. in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College.
Dr. Orit Kent is a longtime Jewish educator, teacher-educator, researcher and writer, with experience teaching both children and adults. She has been involved in the design and implementation of numerous professional and leadership development programs and was a lecturer in the education program at Brandeis University for many years. An alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Orit holds a doctorate in Education and Jewish Studies from Brandeis University, an Ed.M. in Teaching and Learning from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in history from Yale University.
Elisheva Urbas, Hadar's Editorial Director, is an editor, writer, translator, coach, and teacher, working with authors, with publishing houses, and with non-profit organizations. She has edited and published the work of authors including David Ellenson, Sharon Koren, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and worked with publishers including Harvard, Yale, and Cambridge University Presses, as well as with many non-profit organizations. In the past, she has been the director of Hazon’s coworking space; the managing editor for adult books at Farrar Straus & Giroux; and the board chair at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan. She and her husband have three daughters and live on the Upper West Side.
Rabbi Effy Unterman is the Director of Content at Hadar. Effy studied at Yeshiva University for his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, his Masters in Jewish Education, and his rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He received a Wexner Fellowship and Davidson Scholarship, and lives in New Jersey with his wife and three children.
We aim to create a series of programs and resources that have the following characteristics:
- Consistent and Long-Term Commitment. Our goal is for people to integrate the learning and practice we are supporting as basic and stable commitments in their lives.
- Joy and Enthusiasm; Rigor and Honesty. We engage with Torah and mitzvot through these lenses, excited to connect with others. We never shy away from difficult questions, we learn texts in their entirety, and we do it with a deep sense of taking ownership.
- Direct Engagement with the Sources and Practices of Judaism. We want to support people to learn Torah, Mishnah, Midrash, Talmud, Siddur and Jewish Thought as a canon that can and should belong to them. Our highest goal is independence in learning and fluency of practice.
- Building a Network of Families and Young Adults Aspiring to a Shared Religious Vision. Our programming is infused with a sense of building a world together, one animated by our core values of Torah, Avodah, and Hesed, as laid out in Hadar’s strategic plan. By joining these activities, you will feel you are stepping into something larger.
Explore our growing list of downloadable content created just for children and families. With engaging and kid-oriented designs, these resources are meant to help you carve out a space for learning and discussion on holidays and throughout the year.
Resources to download:
We All Turn Toward the Temple: Text Activity for Tisha B'Av
When the Temple was destroyed, the Jewish people no longer had a central place to gather and to worship God through giving sacrifices or gifts. Instead, they built synagogues in their own communities and had to find new ways to worship God. The rabbis invented a new way to be close to God, replacing the sacrifices or gift-giving of the Temple, with some of the same prayers we pray today.
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One Minute Debates for Pesah
The Seder is all about asking questions because posing questions and challenging Torah is how we learn from each other and our tradition. We invite kids (and adults!) of all ages to partake in this debate culture with a fun card game intended to spark short, energizing debates around the Seder table.
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Three Purim Games for Your Seudah
It is a mitzvah on Purim to have a seudah, a festive meal. What can you do to make that meal as joyful as possible? Play some games! These games for your seudah can be played with friends and family over Zoom or with your family at home.
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The Perfect Gift: Tu Bishvat Family Study Guide
A midrash in Kohelet Rabbah describes God giving Adam a tour of the Garden of Eden, showing him the beautiful trees that he is now responsible for. What is a gift that you received and how did you take care of it? What responsibilities do humans have for trees and what happens if we damage them?
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Celebrate Hanukkah at home with Hadar’s Children and Families Hanukkah Companion. Use this resource every night of Hanukkah, along with activities designed by Pedagogy of Partnership, to guide your learning as a family.
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Devash is a weekly parashah magazine that makes learning Torah sweet. By engaging directly with texts and taking kids seriously as Jews, Devash helps children and grownups discover new ideas, values, and sweet morsels in the weekly Torah portion.
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Prior to launching Devash, we developed several pilot issues of this weekly parashah resource. Download these pilot issues below: