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Training Experiential Jewish Educators for an Evolving and Advancing Field

By on December 10th, 2012

Last month, my colleague Renee Rubin Ross discussed the changing role of today’s Jewish Educators (Jewish Education “in a Café, Under a Tree, or in a Dorm”) and the methods that these talented individuals employ to reach young Jews outside of traditional classroom settings.  Through Hillel, BBYO, the Foundation for Jewish Camp and many other organizations, the experiential education landscape is brimming with dynamic new experiments and we are watching closely, with our grantee partners, to learn from early results in the field. With a growing recognition that the most effective educational experiences are centered around a dynamic Jewish educator, the Jim Joseph Foundation embraces the importance of investing in new program models to ...More

Jewish Education “in a Café, Under a Tree, or in a Dorm”

By on October 23rd, 2012

In some ways, newly hired educators Jordan Magidson, Jessica Shimberg, and Zac Johnson each fit the expected profile for a Jewish educator. Magidson, who started work as a Nadiv Educator at URJ Camp Kalsman and Temple de Hirsch Sinai, completed a Master’s in Jewish Education from Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. Rabbi Shimberg, currently Associate Director for Jewish Life and Learning at University of Maryland Hillel, received rabbinic ordination at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Rabbi Johnson, currently a Director of Jewish Enrichment in BBYO’s Western regions, is an alumnus of the Shalom Hartman Institute and Yeshivat Hadar’s summer program. But these educators’ traditional credentials belie changes occurring in the training and hiring of experiential Jewish educators. Since evaluation has demonstrated the ...More

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