Sivan Zakai, Ph.D., is the mother of 3 elementary school children, the Sara S. Lee Assistant Professor of Jewish Education at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and an affiliated scholar at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University. She directs the Children’s Learning About Israel Project, a longitudinal study of American Jewish children.
As a mother of three children in elementary school, I want to make my home into a fortress of safety. I dream of barricading the doors, shuttering the windows, and cuddling beneath the blankets, my…arms tightly wrapped around my kids. I’d like to shield them from all harm — including the pain of being an American Jew at the time of the deadliest attack on Jews in the history of this country. But as a scholar who studies how American Jewish children understand and process the world around them,… >> Read More