M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education is thrilled to welcome 58 new cohort members to the Senior Educators Cohort and the Relational Engagement Circle. Participants hail from Jewish communities in six different countries and from a variety of organization types, including synagogues, federations, Hillels, Melton School, JQ International, Chabad and more. They represent diverse roles, including development officer, senior Jewish … [Read more...] about M² Welcomes 58 Jewish Educators to New Programs and Announces New Initiatives for 60 more
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By Andrea Lieber [This article is the eighth, and final, in a series written by participants in the Senior Educators Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education.] I live a double life as a Jewish educator. Most of my colleagues know me as a professor and director of the Jewish studies program at Dickinson College, a small liberal arts school where I have the privilege of tenure and hold an endowed chair. In this … [Read more...] about Experiential Education: An Approach. Not a Place.
By Shira Hecht-Koller [This article is the seventh in a series written by participants in the Senior Educators Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education.] A few years ago, my family purchased a new home. A lovely house with an abundance of light, the inside had not been touched in many decades. I found myself serving as my own architect-designer, spending early mornings and late evenings standing with a contractor … [Read more...] about Architecture of Values
By Shuki Taylor A frequent question often surfaces in the organizational space I inhabit: “What makes this program / experience / initiative a Jewish one?” What makes this question complicated is that it assumes that there is a ‘non-Jewish’ baseline to what we do, and that through some sort of reframing or intervention we must make it Jewish, and that there is some sort of silver bullet that turns non-Jewish experiences into Jewish … [Read more...] about What Makes it Jewish?
By Liron Lipinsky [This article is the sixth in a series written by participants in the Senior Educators Cohort at M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education.] The findings of the 2013 Pew Research Center A Portrait of Jewish Americans national study propelled leaders of Jewish organizations to critically analyze how to engage young Jewish children in Jewish life, specifically by focusing on Jewish identity formation. Among other … [Read more...] about BadgeQuest: Discover, Play, Create