Sivan 5775/ May 2015
Special Edition: Summer Professional Development

JTS: What is the Meaning of Meaning?

What is the Meaning of Meaning?


Sunday, June 7th at 2 PM to Monday, June 8th at 4 PM


This conference will look at the concept of "meaning"--

 how people use it, what it might denote, and what are the implications of these ideas for our work in Jewish education in particular for our ability to set goals and create assessments.


Space is limited. Register now at to secure a spot.


Teacher Enrichment Workshop on Modern Israel

The Center for Israel Education and Emory's Institute for the Study of Modern Israel will conduct the 14th annual week-long Teacher Enrichment Workshop on Modern Israel for pre-collegiate educators (5th-12th) from  June 21-26, 2015 in Atlanta, GA. 


To find out more, click here.


PEJE's Important New National Revenue Programs

We are proud to promote PEJE's National Revenue Programs. These three new initiatives are designed to deliver results.  Atidenu, PEJE's premier recruitment and retention program;  Governance & Fundraising Academy, offering the support needed to make transformative change toward institutional advancement; and  Generations National, based on our groundbreaking endowment program that has raised more than $23 million to date for the Jewish day school field. 

To learn more about the programs, and to begin the application process, click here. Space is limited.


Summer Institute For Jewish Teaching & Learning

RE-IMAGINING Jewish Education Through Art adapts a ground-breaking approach in arts-based education pioneered by Lincoln Center Education. It is an exciting training seminar from July 20th to 23rd at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. 

Join Lincoln Center Education teaching artists and our project team for a unique immersive art and text experience.

We will discover:

  • How the visual arts ignite capacities for learning and discovery
  • How to energize and deepen the study of foundational biblical and rabbinic texts
  • How to engage students in classrooms, art-workshops, museums and gallery settings using this aesthetic educational framework

Re-Imagining is a national initiative incubated at Yeshiva University Museum in NYC with the support of the Covenant Foundation. Financial support is available for qualified participants.  


Applications are due on June 1st.  


Following the institute, participants will have the opportunity to join an ongoing year-long program of imaginative engagement with art and classical Jewish texts for both teachers and students.


For more information on the Summer Institute for Jewish Teaching & Learning and to register, see the Case Western Siegal Lifelong Learning Website.


From Altneuland to Tel Aviv: Vision, Reality, Tomorrow

To apply, please complete this form. Places are limited and suitable applicants will be accepted in the order in which forms are received so we encourage you to submit yours as soon as possible.


Experience the following, with a group of colleagues and collectively reflect on the implications for your own educational work. 

  • Herzl Museum and Educational Center - Cutting-edge, interactive learning facility on the meaning of Israel today 
  • Neot Kedumim - including a Biblical lunch with Moshe, the first Israel Educator 
  • Shabbat in Tel Aviv - the 70 Faces of Torah in the historic neighborhood Neve Tzedek 
  • Heichal Ha'atzmaut  - the challenge of fashioning Israel as a Jewish and democratic state 
  • Galilee Mosaic  - the ethnic, religious, and human mosaic of Israel's north 
  • Walk its length and its breadth - pedagogic hike and text study 
Program elements
  • Framing the field - consideration of alternative narratives and objectives for Israel education 
  • Critical re-thinking - new ways and approaches to old sites and issues 
  • Back-to-the-basics - reclaiming and reframing the Zionist idea 
  • Practical workshops - hands-on exposure to a variety of teaching materials suited to participant needs 
  • Reflection - contemplating our own relationship to Israel

Basic framework

Jerusalem July 8-10 (2 nights)

Tel Aviv July 10-13 (3 nights)

Galilee July 13-15 (2 nights)

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