June 6, 2012 – When is the last time you felt inspired—truly inspired—to live a better life? Working on the premise that we are motivated by the meaningful accomplishments of others, Targum Shlishi produced the book Jewish Sages of Today: Profiles of Extraordinary People (Devora Publishing and Targum Shlishi) to bring to readers’ attention the remarkable achievements of several individuals who are doing important work in the Jewish world. The foundation has now launched an engaging and interactive companion website (www.jewishsagesoftoday.com) that complements the book with a wealth of content. The rich materials on the website include a robust section on each of the people in the book along with an innovative Teacher’s Guide adaptable for students in grades seven through university and adult school students.
“In our dominant celebrity culture, it is important to draw attention to true heroes. The individuals profiled in Jewish Sages of Today are living exemplary lives and are dedicated to Jewish values,” says Aryeh Rubin, editor of Jewish Sages of Today and director of TargumShlishi. “We had an incredibly positive response to the book. That enthusiasm motivated us to create this website and Teacher’s Guide. These resources go well beyond the reach of a book in presenting multimedia resources about each person profiled. Readers who are curious to learn more will find a great deal to explore on the website.”
Who are the sages?
The sages profiled are: Yossi Abramowitz; Rachel Azaria; Michael Berenbaum; Mira Brichto; Ruth Calderon; Debbie Friedman; Yitz and Blu Greenberg; Judith Hauptman; Laurence Hoffman; Tobi Kahn and Nessa Rapoport; Aaron Lansky; Daniel Libeskind; Shalom Lipskar; Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi; Hankus Netsky; Robert Pollack; Dennis Prager; Gary Rosenblatt; Susan Weidman Schneider; Alice Shalvi; Michael Steinhardt; Adin Steinsaltz; Joseph Telushkin; Avivah Zornberg; and Efraim Zuroff.
Why this website?
It’s one thing to read about a singer. It’s something else to hear her songs. The same goes for an artist and his paintings; a rabbi and his talks; a scholar and her writings, etc. Part of what you’ll find on the Jewish Sages of Today website are examples of each individual’s work, which will give the reader a deeper and broader understanding of these remarkable people. In addition, the site includes audio excerpts from the original interviews conducted for the book, websites related to the work of each individual, and many more online resources.
Why a Teacher’s Guide?
From the onset of this project, it was the foundation’s hope that the book would be used in the educational arena and that it would make a positive difference in the lives of our children. The Teacher’s Guide was created to be flexible and adaptable to a wide range of classroom settings and for teachers to pick and choose what works for them. The foundation has posted the Teacher’s Guide on the website for easy accessibility and has also posted online the full content of the book – for educational purposes only – to make the teaching of this content as accessible and as user-friendly as possible.
About Targum Shlishi
Targum Shlishi is dedicated to providing a range of creative solutions to problems facing Jewry today. Premised on the conviction that dynamic change and adaptation have historically been crucial to a vibrant and relevant Judaism and to the survival of its people, Targum Shlishi’sinitiatives are designed to stimulate the development of new ideas and innovative strategies that will enable Jewish life, its culture, and its traditions to continue to flourish. For more information on the foundation, visit its website at www.targumshlishi.org.