Jewish Education - Teaching Emotional Intelligence

Blog. Shmuly Yanklowitz. March 6, 2012. Accessed November 30, 2017.
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Founder and President of Orthodox Jewish social justice organization Uri L’Tzedek, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz explores the role of emotional intelligence in the development of moral and ethical intelligence in children. Religious education, he posits, can be weighed too heavily to the cognitive and intellectual development of the child. Children need emotional experiences both rewarding and challenging in order for them to make the ethics they are being taught concrete. Yanklowitz believes this is best achieved by service learning projects, such as serving those experiencing poverty or other suffering, and navigating the emotions that arise from those encounters. Any congregational leader will benefit from applying his framework to their own children and youth formation.