Ilana Blumberg

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Reading Open Your Hand is an exhilarating experience. Beautifully written, passionately argued, this is a profound meditation on education, morality, identity. Blumberg takes us through an astonishing range of educational experiences -- from teaching children in an experimental Jewish school to young teens in a broken inner city school to conservative students in a mid-western university -- and reminds us why education is an exalted adventure. In a relativistic era where facts are contested, she insists on the urgency and possibility of a moral education. Open Your Hand deserves a place among the essential books on what it means to be an educator.


--Yossi Klein Halevi, senior fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, author, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor


This extraordinary book is part memoir, part discussion of the ethics and praxis of education, and part detailed accounts of Blumberg’s teaching experiences – poignant, dramatic, profound in  their implications. Ranging from pre-school to college, these narratives show how redemptive the act of writing can sometimes be. Blumberg herself thinks and writes her way through crises that interrogate her own assumptions.  Here lies the generative drama of her book. A large-hearted and clear-minded document. Highly recommended.

-- Avivah Zornberg, author of Moses: A Human Life







With Evan Fallenberg, interview at Jerusalem Book Launch, May 2019

Upcoming Events
Lost and Found: Writing the Present in Light of the Past
Aug 17, 7:00 PM GMT+3
Craft of Teaching, University of Chicago
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Beth El Synagogue, Minneapolis
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WriteSpace Jerusalem Master Class (1)
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Conservative Yeshiva
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