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Jewish Professionals Institute at Mechon Hadar
2018 Dates TBA
190 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
- Overview: General Track
- Hillel Professionals
- Day School Professionals
- About our Partners
- Sample Schedule
Overview - Jewish Professionals Institute
Mechon Hadar is holding a four-day Summer Institute geared toward Jewish professionals! The seminar, from June 25-29, is intended to draw an audience from a variety of backgrounds looking to spend time deepening their connection to Jewish learning around relevant and substantive issues. In 2017, we focused on broad themes of social justice, in partnership with Repair the World, an organization dedicated to making deep and meaningful volunteer service a central part of Jewish life. Repair the World enables people to transform their neighborhoods, cities and lives through meaningful service experiences, rooted in Jewish values, history and heritage. Stay tuned for the 2018 theme.
The goals of our learning together include:
- Helping people to encounter each other through deep text learning.
- Facilitating discussions around how to take back to your workplace "pocket Torah" that will be useful in real-life work scenarios with colleagues, lay leaders, volunteers and your constituents.
- Broadening our own knowledge and understanding of Jewish learning.
This seminar is intended for people working in Jewish professional organizations looking to deepen their connection to their work through Jewish text. Core faculty to include: R. Avital Hochstein and R. Elie Kaunfer.
All backgrounds welcome! Please be in touch with Andrew Belinfante, Director of Public Programs, with questions or for more information.
Mechon Hadar, meeting in the West End Synagogue
190 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023
About our Partners
Repair the World, an organization dedicated to making deep and meaningful volunteer service a central part of Jewish life. Repair the World enables people to transform their neighborhoods, cities and lives through meaningful service experiences, rooted in Jewish values, history and heritage.
Hillel International - As the largest Jewish student organization in the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, and inspires them to direct their own path. During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience, and create vibrant Jewish lives.
Hillel International’s Ezra Fellowship is an early career fellowship for young pluralistic educators in the making! We are proud to partner with Mechon Hadar to provide pluralistic Jewish learning for our fellows, and to bring their supervisors to the Jewish Professionals Institute each year!
The Pedagogy of Partnership (PoP) provides cutting edge professional development to 21st century educators who are leading and teaching the Jews of tomorrow. PoP’s comprehensive model enables learners of all ages to develop the habits of wonder, empathy and responsibility toward others and toward Torah. It also teaches learners concrete tools to improve their communication and interpretive skills and be better able to seek understanding, work collaboratively and engage with Torah as an ongoing source of Jewish wisdom and instruction.
Beit Rabban Day School is a preschool and elementary Jewish day school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Beit Rabban is proud to partner with Mechon Hadar on the creation and implementation of the Standards for Fluency in Jewish Text and Practice.
Day School Educator's Track
The Day School Educator's Track of the Jewish Professionals Institute offers two opportunities for enhancing Jewish learning in the Day School classroom. The first is an in-depth exploration of the Pedagogy of Partnership with Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook. The second is an opportunity for schools to send cohorts of faculty who are committed to bring Mechon Hadar's Fluency Standards into their school environments. These fluency standards were developed in partnership with Beit Rabban Day School, where they are currently being implemented.
Pedagogy of Partnership Track with Dr. Orit Kent and Allison Cook
Would you like to see an increased love of Jewish learning in your classrooms or work environments? Are you thinking about experimenting with pedagogies that will stay true to our tradition even as they match the needs of our 21st Century lives? Come and participate in an intensive introductory training in the Pedagogy of Partnership: Focus on teaching techniques that support ethical, spiritual and intellectual growth in your learners through the design and practice of havruta learning, group learning and other modalities. 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.” This program is ideally suited to teachers of 4th grade and up.
Fluency Standards in Jewish Education Track with 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 of the Jewish Professionals’ Institute at Mechon Hadar is intended for a select group of day school educators who are committed to bringing the Standards for Fluency in Jewish Text and Practice (developed by Hadar and Beit Rabban Day School) into their schools.
- Bring havruta learning to your classroom through the Pedagogy of Partnership with Orit Kent and Allison Cook.
- Learn Rabbinic texts with Mechon Hadar's core faculty in a lively Beit Midrash setting.
- Build relationships with fellow educators who share the desire to increase the love of Jewish studies and Rabbinics education in their classrooms and schools.
Please note this program is open to any educators in the day school field.
Hillel Professional's Track
In collaboration with Hillel International, Mechon Hadar is holding a four-day Summer Institute geared toward Hillel professionals! The seminar is intended to draw an audience from a variety of backgrounds looking to spend time deepening their connection to Jewish learning around relevant and substantive issues. This summer we will focus on broad themes of social justice.
The goal of our learning together is threefold:
- To encounter each other through deep text learning
- To take back to campus "pocket Torah" that will be useful in real-life discussions with students
- To broaden our own knowledge and understanding of Jewish learning.
Our overarching objective is that people working in Hillel positions feel confident in speaking with students about their Jewish journeys and competent in creating learning environments conducive to these types of conversations. Participants should expect a deep and meaningful approach to text catered to various learning levels and styles. We will offer a wide range of classes so every student feels comfortable learning at their level.
The cost for the Jewish Professionals' Institute is $360 per person which includes two meals per day. Early bird rate for this track is $280 if you sign up before May 1, 2017. We have limited scholarships available. If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact Andrew Belinfante.
Registration will open in early 2018. For questions about the program, including pricing and financial aid, please please contact Andrew Belinfante.