The overriding goal of the Tanakh Scholar program is to fill a gaping void in the quality of Tanakh instruction in the day schools. Ask any principal in those schools what they consider to be their top five challenges, and somewhere on that list will be: “finding excellent Tanakh teachers.” A well-trained teacher, who can make the ancient texts of Tanakh relevant and meaningful to our children, is a rare commodity. To meet this challenge, the Saul and Sally Ashkenazi Sephardic Rabbinical College and the Allegra Franco School of Educational Leadership, in conjunction with www.TanachStudy.com, have partnered with the world-renowned Herzog College of Israel to establish the TANAKH SCHOLAR Certificate Program. This trailblazing program, which is designed for teachers in schools as well as for trainees, will span two years. Participants will have the opportunity to learn directly from legendary leaders and distinguished teachers in the field of Tanakh instruction. They will learn how to integrate cutting-edge pedagogical methods, technology, modern archeological research, and Tanakh study into their classrooms. Becoming part of the cohort will provide teachers, many of whom may be working in small schools as the only content area specialist in Tanakh, with a Community of Practice with whom to share reflections, challenges and achievements.
Allegra Franco a"h, the daughter of Moshe Ashaer, esteemed cantor and author of our pizmonim in the 1920's and 1930's was a humble person and educated in both Judaic and general studies. She instilled in her children the importance of obtaining an excellent Torah and secular education consistent with her beloved Sephardic culture, part of which was conveyed through her emphasis on the power of prayer and by attending synagogue every Shabbat. She was unique in her dedication to the perpetuation of the religion and traditions of her ancestors.
We are proud to have the Allegra Franco School of Educational Leadership founded by her grandchildren and named in her memory. May the many women who pass through the doors of the Allegra Franco program emulate her through their growth in Torah learning and commitment to our heritage.
Feel free to make an appointment by calling Gitta Neufeld at 718.962.4744
1061 Ocean Parkway Service Rd, Brooklyn, New York, New York 11230, United States
Monday - Thursday: 9am - 2pm