Essential Judaism for Educators

Program Description

The Essential Judaism for Educators summer professional development program provides educators with a grounding in Jewish text, customs and rituals. Through a combination of interactive online classes, paired-learning (havruta) and independent readings participants will emerge feeling equipped to more skillfully incorporate Jewish texts and themes into their teaching. [1on1 mentoring, to assist in integrating the content into participants’ professional work, can be added to this program at additional cost.]

This program is designed for:

  • Experiential Jewish educators who want to infuse their programming with more Jewish content.
  • Administrators at Jewish day schools who want to have the knowledge and skills to engage more meaningfully in the culture and values of the institution where they work.
  • Classroom educators, whether general studies or Jewish studies teachers, who want to bring more Jewish content and to their teaching.

Participants can choose a two-week or four-week program option by enrolling in session 1, session 2, or session 1 & 2. Participants are expected to take part in two courses. Those participants on the East Coast will take course #1 and course #2, and can opt to take #3 as well if they like. Those on the West Coast will take courses #2 and #3. Please click the images below for a larger view.


Each course runs for two weeks; participants can choose to do a two-week stint in the program or all four weeks. Four weeks costs $515, and two weeks is $275.
Please note: Final admittance into the program is dependent upon a commitment of payment of the program fee.

Email Aviva Lauer at for more information or click here to apply now.