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Olivia Friedman

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Olivia Friedman is a creative thinker with a penchant for literary analysis, pop culture and Tanakh—as expressed in her podcast, ‘Enchanted Torah.’ Currently a Matan Bellows Eshkolot Fellow, she also teaches Tanakh, Jewish Law and Oral Thought and serves as an Instructional Technology Coordinator at Ida Crown Jewish Academy. Previously, she taught at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, MD. Olivia earned her M.A. in Bible from Yeshiva University’s Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies, MSEd with a concentration in Gifted Education from Northwestern University, and B.A. in English Literature from YU’s Stern College for Women. Olivia welcomes your comments and questions at ofriedman@icja.org. Please feel free to view more examples of her students’ work at http://oliviafriedman.weebly.com.

Four Reasons to Leverage Pop Culture in the Judaic Studies Classroom 

Can we learn Torah from Star Wars, superheroes, or the hit Netflix show ‘The Crown’? Olivia Friedman, a teacher at Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Chicago, says yes, arguing that bringing pop culture into the Judaic studies classroom in a meaningful way not only makes learning more fun, but models the type of integration that Modern Orthodoxy stands for.