Trudy Shulman Fagen

Creative Arts Director

What is a unique experience, talent or interest that you bring to your classroom to help shape the learning experience of your students?

I came to Schechter trained as a music educator and as a music therapist who taught expressive therapists for years. My interests are in self growth through the arts with a special focus on self actualization and healing in a Jewish setting. I love to intermodally guide students to discover new ways to express their spirits and create relationships with each other and as performing artists.

What motivated you to become a teacher at Schechter? What do you like about teaching at Schechter?

Schechter has tremendous respect for creativity and is willing to take creative educational risks in embracing Jewish Education. In the past 20 years we have established a robust arts program that includes everything from Western and Middle Eastern Music History to yoga and meditation. We make movies, create re-purposed sculptures and Eyptian art museums. Our ideas for learning and exploration in the arts department are valued and seen as critical in a whole child oriented Jewish Education.

What sets Schechter students apart from students in other schools?

Our students are fortunate to come from loving families who want only the best for their children. They often value Jewish values and middot over other “luxuries” in life. This respect for education is engendered in children who really want to learn.

What do you want your students to gain from their experience with you as a teacher?

Hopefully, that there are many ways to embrace life, artistic lenses are multi-faceted and provide many perspective on beauty. Tefillah, song, dance, painting, film making and acting on stage are all ways to express ourselves and creating beauty in the world is healing on a cosmic level.

What are two or three¬†key highlights of what you’ll teach this year?
  • Through the eighth grade play (Wizard of Oz) – each one of us has a heart, a brain and spirit; and that home is where we can unite it all.
  • Each one teach one – by telling the story of a concentration camp through dance, we bring beauty and elevate an experience of pain, that will never be forgotten (Yom HaShoah, Grade 8)
  • Tefillah meditation grades 7 & 8 – we will learn how to take care of ourselves, to be more aware of ourselves and our own gifts that we can share with others, God and our families