Raising A+ Human Beings

Crafting a Jewish School Culture of Academic Excellence
and AP Kindness

Dr. Bruce Powell, Head Emeritus, de Toledo High School Distinguished Lecturer of Jewish Education, American University

Dr. Ron Wolfson, Fingerhut Professor of Education, American Jewish University, Author, Relational Judaism

Foreword by Rabbi Elaine Zecher Temple Israel, Boston, MA

Preface by Rabbi Ed Feinstein, Valley Beth Shalom, Encino, CA

Not everyone can be an A student in chemistry…

 but everyone can be an A human being.

Raising A Human Beings is the story of how words and metaphors become reality in the hands of talented educators and dedicated constituents.


The outcome of the culture we aim to craft.


The advanced placement course in which students learn how to be A human beings and in which every student is enrolled from day one until graduation.


Teaching, foundational knowledge using a pedagogy that inspires students to lead lives of meaning and purpose.

Two leading educators, Dr. Bruce Powell and Dr. Ron Wolfson, bring their expertise to heads, principals, teachers, administrative staff, boards and parents charged with crafting a school’s culture. 

Brimming with both best principles and best practices, Raising A Human Beings is a blueprint for how to create a school culture that informs, motivates, inspires, and shapes character. An ideal book for the entire leadership of a school, synagogue, JCC or camp to read together, each chapter includes Discussion Questions for Crafting Your Own School Culture.

Dr. Bruce Powell

Distinguished Lecturer of Jewish Education, American Jewish University and President, Jewish School Management

Dr. Ron Wolfson

Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University and President of the Kripke Institute

Practical guidance on…the who, what, and how of this work through vignettes – all engaging, a few even hilarious – drawn from their real lives as A educators.” 


Former Head of School
The Epstein School, Atlanta, Georgia

Drawing on a wealth of wisdom, knowledge, and experience—from students and educators, from the Talmud, from popular culture, from their own children as well as grandchildren—we learn the tools to successfully deliver the ‘sacred task’ of education.” 


CEO, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools

An essential read for all those who work with and care about our young people—from heads of schools and their boards to educators and camp staff.” 


Executive Director, The Covenant Foundation, New York City

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