Elul 5774-5775 --- September 2014

CJL News

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The Professional Learning Program for Supplementary School Teachers

CJL is excited to announce that educators participating in CSI-Milwaukee will be able to enroll in online classes from Gratz College.  These offerings are specifically designed for religious school teachers.  All religious school teachers are welcome to enroll, but subsidies are only available to teachers participating in CSI-Milwaukee.  The next semester's classes are:

Spotlight on K-2nd
 (4 sessions start September 8)

Boot Camp for New Teachers
(9 sessions start September 8)

Judaic Instruction Utilizing Free Web Tools
(8 sessions start October 20)

Brain-Based Jewish Education
(6 sessions start October 20)

Enliven Your Classroom through Active Learning
(4 sessions start October 27)

Experiential Education Strategies for the Classroom
(4 sessions start October 27)

Design Lessons "Backwards" to Propel Learning Forwards
(4 sessions start October 27)

Visit the Gratz College website for more information.


Prepare for the High Holy Days

Jewish Outreach Institute

"Last Thursday, over 40 Jewish communal professionals and volunteer leaders from across North America came together for a conference call to begin thinking about their outreach programming efforts around the High Holidays..." (read full article here)

Ideas from the CJL Creativity Center Archives



There are many fine sources for securing Jewish materials.  It is our intention to highlight some providers each month.  This month we share access information to:
  • Jewish Lights Publishing


  • Artscroll  


  • Davka



J-WISE Updates

Members of the J-WISE committee have been contacting participating organizations to assist them in beginning a process of text study and planning.  Then, each organization will select an area of sustainability and implement an approach for improvement in an area such as re-cycling or energy conservation.

A website has been launched and offers ideas for text study and action projects.  The committee has been adding to the webpage throughout the summer. 

The committee is continuing its outreach and anticipates adding several more organizations to the J-WISE network.  We anticipate holding city-wide events which will showcase additional ideas and provide a forum for sharing ideas.

J-WISE Opening Event photos by Pam Frydman Roza

Want to get involved?  Contact:

Dr. Steven Baruch
Director, Coalition for Jewish Learning



Community Wide Events

Eric Trager, a Washington Institute for Near East Policy fellow will be speaking about his first hand knowledge of Egyptian politics and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt on Thursday, September 4 at 7pm in the UWM Music Recital Hall.

The Jewish Cardinal: Based on the Incredible True Story of Jean-Marie Lustiger will be shown at the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC as a part of the Free Jewish Film Class series.  A discussion of the film with Dr. Richard Lux will also be included in this free event, all of which will be held on Sunday, September 7 at 4pm.

Stitching History from the Holocaust tells the story of  Hedwig and Paul Strnad of Prague who in 1939 sent a letter to Milwaukee cousin Alvin Strnad pleading for help to come to the United States.  They included 8 of Hedwig's dress designs to show that they would be employable here.  Despite Alvin's best attempts, Paul and Hedwig were not able to come to this country and they perished in the Holocaust.  The Museum has had Hedwig's dresses actually created to honor her legacy and to remember all of the talent lost in the Holocaust.  This exhibit runs September 14, 2014 - February 28, 2015.

Welcome to the Coalition for Jewish Learning's E-Newsletter! 

This newsletter is published monthly on Rosh Chodesh.  We welcome your feedback and invite you to join us as we explore the joys of Jewish learning in Milwaukee and beyond!

Contact Us At:

1360 N. Prospect Avenue

Milwaukee, WI 53202-3094

414.390.5747 (fax)

Dr. Steven Baruch 
Executive Director
Karen Torem
Professional Development Coordinator
Amanda Stein
Day School Grant Coordinator
Brittany Hager 
Administrative Assistant
Roger Carp



CSI - Milwaukee 

is CJL's Congregational School Initiative. The program includes: classes for teachers, seminars for educational directors, grants, school assessments, curriculum writing, and consultation.


CSI-Milwaukee is a partnership between the Coalition for Jewish Learning, the Synagogue Educators Council, the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, and Congregations Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun, Emanu-El of Waukesha, Shalom, and Sinai.  


For more information email



TRIP: Teacher Recognition & Incentive Program  
Educators develop a professional growth plan based on a self assessment of their own strengths and weaknesses.  CJL grants financial assistance to help educators carry out their professional growth plans. 

For more information email
Become a Legacy Partner!


The Coalition for Jewish Learning is part of the Create a Jewish Legacy Program of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. 

Create a Jewish Legacy is a program that helps individuals and families create legacy gifts, providing a permanent source of support for the Jewish causes they care about.  The program is founded on the principle that all of us, regardless of age, wealth or affiliation, can make an enduring financial impact.

The Jewish Community Foundation of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation is sponsoring this program in partnership with area synagogues, agencies and day schools.  Together, we will create an even brighter future for our community.

Questions? Contact:

Dr. Steven Baruch
Director, Coalition for Jewish Learning


21st Century Jewish Education at its Best: The Jewish Lens Launches New Online Curriculum

This powerful curriculum integrates images and Jewish texts seamlessly, and includes tools for educators, including a forum to share ideas, strategies and lesson plans. Also included is a Moodle-Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment-a digital platform for online assignments, students' posting of homework and projects, and classroom interaction.

We have heard that this year's NewCAJE program was terrific.  Let's discuss how the Coalition for Jewish Learning's TRIP initiative can help you attend NewCAJE next year.

Areyvut's mission is to infuse the lives of Jewish youth and teens with the core Jewish values of chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity), and tikkun olam (social action), so that they become thoughtful, giving members of the Jewish community of tomorrow. 
Areyvut offers day schools, congregational schools, synagogues, community centers, and individual families with a variety of opportunities to help them make these core values real and meaningful to their children.

Experiential Jewish Education is transforming the landscape of Jewish education and Jewish identity.  It is not only a passion, it is a profession.  The certificate program trains outstanding Jewish educators to re-imagine and professionalize the scope and impact this field has on the Jewish community.