Continuing EducationCoalition events and programs
Peoplehood Master Class @ URJ (March 16th, 2023)
The March 16 “Jewish Peoplehood Master Class,” hosted by URJ in New York, began with Tracy Frydberg, the recently appointed director of the Tisch Center for Jewish Dialogue at ANU, providing a birds-eye briefing on this iconic peoplehood institution, its reconceived exhibits and its bold plan to become a focal point and platform for dialogue across the Jewish world. In the second segment, Nila Rosen, FJC’s Director of Learning and Research, presents “State of Jewish Camp 2022.” Nila spotlights a range of diversity and inclusivity metrics, unpacks data on the broadest trends in camping (including pandemic recovery) and explains the study’s “peoplehood” findings.
In the education and pedagogy segment, Rabbi Josh Weinberg, VP of Israel and Reform Zionism at URJ, shares the new “Conversation Cloth,” an editable and adaptable Israel teaching tool. The “mapat siach” was created in partnership with the Jewish Agency and the Z3 Project. Josh also shared the URJ’s related 10-part “4HQ” Israel education framework.
Peoplehood Master Class @ JWI (Dec 15, 2022)
This inaugural “Peoplehood Master Class,” hosted by Jewish Women International (JWI), featured Aliza Lavie discussing her new book, “Now, it’s Your Turn,” (“Achshav Torech”)a popular guide for Israeli families and Israeli girls seeking a deeper b’nai mitzvah experience; Ben Jacobs presenting the “18×18” framework for Jewish young adult literacy, drawing on a Maimonides Fund project and his recent essay in Sapir journal; and Len Saxe presenting the latest findings from Birthright participant studies and recently completed local demographic studies, including Los Angeles – data that suggests peoplehood-centered frameworks and investments in “building community” are some of the most successful on the North American Jewish scene today.
JWI CEO Meredith Jacobs and ENTER’s Amanda Bekkerman offered introductory remarks, as did ENTER’s Dan Shapiro, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, who interviewed Aliza Lavie. Professor Saxe’s slide deck is available here, and Professor Jacobs single page, 18×18 graphic is available here.
“Opening Session” of inaugural workshop in New York
(American Jewish Committee): Remarks by Laura Shaw Frank, Jeff Solomon, Amnon Rodan, Charles Bronfman