Rodef Shalom: Transforming School Conflict through Rabbinic Texts

The Rodef Shalom: Transforming School Conflict through Rabbinic Texts

rodef shalom school logoWe are pleased to introduce you to Rodef Shalom: Transforming School Conflict through Rabbinic Texts. The Rodef Shalom program is a unique middle school project that integrates Jewish learning and the development of conflict resolution skills in a holistic way. We help Jewish middle schools equip students, as well as teachers, parents and administrators, to be skillful problem-solvers in social situations, active in the prevention of bullying and committed to creating a more peaceful world. Students engage with rabbinic texts in ways that are relevant and inspiring to the 21st-century learner, and schools become part of a larger network of diverse Rodfei Shalom schools. Rodef Shalom offers multiple entry points to becoming a certified Rodef Shalom school (more details here):

Rabbinics Program: Seven, inquiry-based, five-lesson units integrating Jewish texts and conflict resolution. Click for a sample unit introduction and overview and a sample lesson. All units include a teacher’s manual, a student workbook, and e-options.

Advisory Program: A two-part program focused on conflict resolution skills through a Jewish lens, designed for weekly advisory sessions or for a Judaics class as a stand-alone program.

Supplemental materials and activities: Includes tefilah programming, parent education and other materials designed to engage the school community. Click for a sample Yom Kippur activity.

The membership fees for 2014-2016 include access to all materials for two years, professional training - this summer's training will take place July 23-24, 2014, an on-site visit by a Rodef Shalom staff member and ongoing support from a Rodef Shalom coach.

For more information: or contact us (via our contact form).  We look forward to hearing from you and having you join our cadre of peace-pursuing schools.


Joan Vander Walde
Rodef Shalom Project Manager

Rabbi Daniel Roth, the visionary behind Rodef Shalom, speaks about the need for this program:



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