This exclusive 11-month fellowship is designed to inspire senior congregational school educators with ongoing Jewish learning and equip them with new approaches for engaging with real-world challenges using Jewish texts. Fellowship participants will travel to Israel this summer to be immersed in a cohort-based experience of rich Torah study and professional growth. Throughout the year, they will gather virtually to continue their learning. Supported by expert mentors, they will also plan and implement exciting and important projects for their congregational schools.
Cohort 2 of the Senior Educator Learning Fellowship will begin their program with a generously subsidized trip to Israel in summer 2022 for a three-week in-person learning-intensive at Pardes in Jerusalem.
The learning-intensive will include a course on Pardes’s unique Mahloket Matters approach to multiple-perspective-focused text study. This approach aims to equip participants with valuable life skills for today’s polarized world and to empower them to bring this approach into their classrooms and school communities.
The Fellowship will continue in the fall, winter, and spring with monthly webinars. Additionally, each fellow will work with an expert mentor on crafting, designing, and implementing a project for their congregational school. Seed funding of up to $2,000 will be available for each project.
In May 2023, cohort members will meet again in person (on the East Coast of the US) for a final two-day Fellowship convening and graduation.
The Senior Educator Learning Fellowship will select 22 congregational school senior educators and teacher-leaders with at least six years of synagogue teaching experience. Fellows must both teach and interface with students, and also have the capacity to have an impact at their congregational schools beyond the classroom walls.
This exclusive 11-month fellowship includes:
- Generously subsidized three-week In-Person Learning Intensive in Jerusalem, July 10-28, 2022
- Monthly Interactive Group Webinars from September 2022-April 2023, plus designing and implementing individual congregational school projects
- Final two-day in-person convening in May 2023 on the East Coast
Synagogues will be asked to contribute $1000 for each participating fellow.