Future of Jewish ed

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We’d like to invite you to come talk about your visions for what Jewish education could be if we “did everything right.”  What are the hallmarks of the best Jewish learning you’ve experienced or imagined, and how could we make these the norm for all Jewish education?

The backdrop for this discussion is a new initiative we have launched at the Lippman Kanfer Institute aimed at creating broad-scale change in Jewish education that builds on the many changes already taking place – but largely unconnected to one another – within specific educational arenas – like those we explored this year in our previous FutureTense discussions.  We believe that a number of principles have emerged in recent years, such as learner empowerment, the role of relationships in achieving educational impact, and the centrality of meaning and purpose as educational goals, that are beginning to define a powerful vision of what Jewish education can and should be.  However, in our still siloed educational world, putting these principles into action consistently will require that we forge new coalitions among “changemakers” in various settings and arenas.

To kick off this initiative, the Institute is holding a series of conversations among educators and learners to explore their visions for Jewish education.  We held the first of these last week in San Francisco with fascinating results.  So, we thought we would take the opportunity of our scheduled session on June 10 to invite you to be part of a similar conversation here.

If you are able and interested in joining us, here are the two questions to think about in advance:

1. What are you seeing in Jewish education today – programs, people, trends, ideas, etc. – that excites and energizes you?

2. What do you imagine Jewish education could look like in ten years if we do things “right”?

The conversation will happen Thursday, June 10th 5:00 PM at the JESNA Office in NYC. If you are interested in being part of the conversation, please let Becca Leshin know at rleshin@jesna.org.

More at JESNA’ website

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