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Jewish Professionals Institute - June 2020

Jewish Professionals Institute

June 21-25, 2020 | Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street

“My week of learning at Hadar recalibrated my brain and retaught me how to think. Stepping away from my usual life to ground myself in Jewish texts and learning allowed me to approach my position with fresh eyes and underlined the urgency, weight, and effectiveness of the kaleidoscope of work being done by Jewish professionals.”
~2019 Participant


What is Hadar's Jewish Professionals Institute?

Hadar’s Jewish Professionals Institute (JPI) opens up the world of Jewish wisdom through the vibrancy of the Beit Midrash, while empowering Jewish professionals to apply the lessons from this learning directly to their work. We aim to instill in Jewish Professionals a greater sense of connection to Jewish tradition, and a deeper feeling of responsibility and custodianship for that tradition.

Jewish texts are a wellspring for all elements of life, including organizational life. Whether our learning helps guide someone in the accounting department when facing the ethical nuances of a financial decision, informs a grant officer when making a tough decision about where to allocate limited funds, or guides a program director around the values they want impart to their constituents, Jewish texts are a necessary resource for today’s Jewish professionals.

  • Immerse yourself in Jewish learning in Hadar’s lively beit midrash and confront Jewish communal questions and challenges of the day.
  • Connect with an incredible network of Jewish Professionals, working together to build bolder, more ambitious, and more meaningful Jewish lives.
  • Broaden your knowledge and understanding of Jewish texts and learning with Hadar’s stellar faculty.

Our educators will include Hadar’s stellar faculty such as Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, CEO of Hadar and Rabbi Avi Killip, VP of Strategy and Programs as well as outstanding guest educators.

All learning backgrounds welcome!

When We Hurt Each Other: How to Make it Right when the Relationship Goes Wrong

Living (and working) in community means running the risk of causing each other pain and embarrassment. And yet, there always remains the opportunity for recovery and restoration. What does the Jewish tradition have to say about interpersonal pain and what expectations does it place on us to right our wrongs?

Through close study of Jewish texts, we will explore the rabbinic wisdom on the kinds of pain we cause each other and the recourse of both victim and perpetrator. We will aim to deepen our understanding of interpersonal conflict and the ways we can heal.


Our 2020 Professional Development Tracks:

JPI brings an entirely fresh look to Professional Development by rooting it in meaningful Jewish learning. Our courses use Jewish texts and/or music to shed new light on old questions and develop workplace skills. Our tracks take place in the afternoons and are led by Hadar faculty and expert guests. Participants will select a track and follow it through the program. Our 2020 courses will include:

  • Putting the Jewish in Your Jewish Organization (Beth Huppin):
    Chances are that you’ve struggled at one point or another to articulate what makes your work “Jewish” and why that’s important. Is it the demographics of your office? The animating values? Your vacation calendar?

    How can Jewish texts and traditions help us express the “Jewish” in our Jewish institutions?  What makes the work we do “Jewish?” How can placing a Jewish lens on what many would properly argue are universal values help us do our work with greater clarity and purpose? We will explore texts from the Jewish canon in light of these questions and discuss concrete ways to ‘own’ our tradition, integrate it with your work, and, depending on your role in your institution, into the work of your institution in ways that welcome others to feel part of the “Jewish” of your institution.  This track will provide opportunities for reflections on your personal Jewish journey as well as on the Jewish journey of your institution.

    Note:  No matter what your role, and no matter what your Jewish institution, you are welcome to join.

  • Engagement Bootcamp: How Relationship Building Will Change the Way you Work (Allie Conn Kanter)
    “Engagement” is the hot buzzword these days, but what does it actually mean and how do we do it? Whether building an office culture, cultivating donors, designing a program, or trying to activate a target audience, relationships are at the core of being a Jewish professional.

    In this track, we will:

    • Explore the concept of engagement from different angles and define what it is, and is not.
    • Learn how to bring people and relationships to the center of your work
    • Develop of toolkit of ‘backpocket’ engagement tools to use throughout your work

    This track is designed for all — whether you have ‘engagement’ in your title or not.

  • Pedagogy of Partnership Track (Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook)
    Would you like to see an increased love of Jewish learning in your classrooms and schools? Are you eager to adopt a pedagogy that is deeply rooted in Jewish tradition and meets the needs of our 21st century lives?Come and participate in an intensive introductory training in the Pedagogy of Partnership at Hadar: Experience and focus on teaching techniques that support ethical, spiritual and intellectual growth in your learners through the design and practice of havruta and group learning. Translate your learning into practice and discover methods for strengthening your students’ relationship with their peers and with Jewish texts—all with support and guidance from leading experts, Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook, developers of the research-based pedagogy, “Pedagogy of Partnership.” School leaders and teams of teachers of 3rd grade and up are encouraged to participate! This program is suited to both Jewish studies and general studies teachers and specialists.
  • Fluency Standards in Jewish Education Track (Lisa Exler)
    Does your school have a vision for Jewish education that includes not only Jewish identity-building but also fluency in the texts and practices of Judaism? Are you looking for a clear definition of what this fluency looks like and roadmaps of the content, skills, and dispositions that should be taught in order to help your students achieve it? Are you ready to immerse yourself in a Beit Midrash setting and engage in your own Torah learning?

    The Fluency Standards Track is designed for day school educators who are interested in learning more about how to bring the Standards for Fluency in Jewish Text and Practice (developed by Hadar and Beit Rabban Day School) into their schools.

  • Beit Midrash Bootcamp: A Taste of Yeshivat Hadar (Hadar Faculty)
    In many ways, Jewish Professionals have become the stewards of Jewish tradition, in all its diversity and complexity. This responsibility can feel both exciting and daunting. How can Jewish Professionals acquire and maintain a sense of ownership over Jewish ideas and principles?

    One way is by learning! Enjoy this opportunity to study with Hadar’s stellar faculty. This track will tackle a variety of topics through the lens of Torah. Our goal will be to instill in you a greater sense of connection to Jewish tradition, and a deeper feeling of responsibility and custodianship for that tradition.


Our 2020 Core Faculty:

  • Beth Huppin has enjoyed teaching children and adults of all ages in both formal and informal Jewish educational settings for many years. She currently works at Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Seattle as the Director of Project Kavod, a unique Jewish educational program initially funded by the Covenant Foundation. Project Kavod focuses on the Jewish texts and values that inspire and guide the work of JFS by helping staff, board and volunteers examine and articulate a Jewish lens regarding JFS work. She also teaches at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle. Beth is the recipient of a 2010 Covenant Award for excellence in Jewish education. She was raised in Spokane, Washington, a small but vibrant Jewish community that taught her the value and power of Jewish community.
  • Allie Conn Kanter is the Associate Director of Community Learning for Hadar and Project Zug. She has worked in experiential Jewish education for her whole career, including at Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Michigan Hillel, Avodah, 92Y, and various summer camps. Allie holds an MA in Experiential Jewish Education from the Davidson School at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Limmud NY. Originally from outside Philadelphia, she is a proud Penn State University alum and avid Philly sports fan. Allie lives in Manhattan with her husband, Josh, and daughter, Zoe.
  • Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is President and CEO of the Hadar Institute. Elie has previously worked as a journalist, banker, and corporate fraud investigator. A graduate of Harvard College, he completed his doctorate in liturgy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he was also ordained. A Wexner Graduate Fellow and Dorot Fellow, Elie is a co-founder of the independent minyan Kehilat Hadar and has been named multiple times to Newsweek’s list of the top 50 rabbis in America. He was selected as an inaugural AVI CHAI Fellow, and is the author of Empowered Judaism: What Independent Minyanim Can Teach Us About Building Vibrant Jewish Communities (Jewish Lights, 2010). Elie serves on the board of Natan and on the advisory board of Upstart. Click to watch a short video of Elie as scholar- in-residence at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America.
  • Rabbi Avi Killip serves as VP of Strategy and Programs at the Hadar Institute, where she is also Director of Project Zug. She was ordained from Hebrew College’s pluralistic Rabbinical School in Boston. Avi holds a Bachelors and Masters from Brandeis University in Jewish Studies and Women & Gender Studies. She was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and is a member of the fourth cohort of the Schusterman Fellowship. She serves on the advisory board of ShmaNOW and the Jewish Studio Project. Avi lives in Riverdale, NY with her husband and three young children.


Overall Testimonials

“The theme was brilliant in conception and brilliantly carried out. It was fertile with implications and overtones for how we live our lives as Jews. It gave me much to think about in living my life as a Jewish woman and a member of the Jewish community. How that responsibility impacts me and how I impact others because of it.”

~2019 Participant

“Elie Kaunfer is that rare combination of a gifted teacher and brilliant thinker. He mapped out a process of learning that led us step by step and layer by layer toward the objectives of the course while at the same time valuing our contributions so that we made the learning our own. An excellent example of a beautifully inclusive pedagogy.”

~2019 Participant


Track Testimonials

“Allie is creative, thoughtful, and dynamic, and her passion for engaging students of all backgrounds and ages is truly admirable. I learned so much about myself and how to engage groups of people I hadn’t even thought about engaging. I am excited to bring back some of the activities and many of the ideas we discussed in the track in order to elevate the experiences of the groups of people with whom I work.”

~2019 Participant

“Beth is a gift to all of us. I am so grateful to have met her through this institute. She shifted the way I view my work and opportunities to engage Jewishly in my work.”

~2019 Participant

“PoP has helped me create curricular materials that support our students in engaging with the text, God and each other in ways I never thought possible. Parents and adults in the community have commented on how sophisticated the learning has become. I love when our students challenge each other with different ideas and wonder out loud about the texts, God and biblical personalities. Thank you for continuing to inspire us!”

~Robin Kahn, Director of Education and Teen Engagement at Temple Israel of Natick, MA

“There are so many things we value about PoP. PoP helps us meet our goals of educating the whole child, and thinking deeply about skills and tools that accompany social emotional growth alongside academic learning. PoP gives students and staff specific language and tools to interact and collaborate with one another and the text in respectful and sophisticated ways.”

~Amanda Pogany, Head of School, Luria Academy of Brooklyn

FAQs about Hadar's Jewish Professionals Institute

General questions about Hadar's Immersive Programming? Click here!
  • Is it for me?
    • The Institute is open to people working in Jewish professional organizations looking to deepen their connection to their work through Jewish text. All learning and text backgrounds welcome!
  • Where is it?
    • The 2020 Jewish Professionals Institute will take place at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W. 83rd St, New York, NY.
  • How are the days structured?
    • Our mornings will consist of guided, partnered (havruta) study around the the theme of "When We Hurt Each Other: How to Make it Right When the Relationship Goes Wrong" (See Theme tab for complete description).
    • Afternoons will offer a choice between multi-day tracked electives that offer Professional Development through Jewish Learning. Afternoons will also include slots to connect to colleagues and reflect on the week's learning.
  • What kind of Professional Development is Offered?
    • JPI brings an entirely fresh look to Professional Development by rooting it in meaningful Jewish learning. Our courses use Jewish texts and/or music to shed new light on old questions and develop workplace skills. See the track tab to learn more about the individual session.
  • How much does it cost and what’s included?
    • Early bird rate for this program is $280 per person if you sign up before March 1, 2019. After March 1, the cost for the program will increase to $360. Registration includes breakfast and lunch during each day of the program as well as two dinners.
  • Are scholarships available?
  • How can I find out more?

Sample Schedule for the Jewish Professionals Institute