The YU Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education is an immersive training program designed for outstanding Jewish educators. It aims to strengthen, professionalize and transform the field of Experiential Jewish Education and its impact on Jewish identity, life and community. The program application process is open until February 25, 2013.
Over a period of twelve months, participants in the Certificate program study and apply the theories, methods and guiding principles of Experiential Jewish Education.
The program's four week-long seminars are held in June, January, and the last two Seminars are held back-to-back in June. The dates usually correspond with school and university breaks. Each seminar focuses on one of the four foundations of Experiential Jewish Education:
- Imparting Values
- Creating Experiences
- Cultivating Communities
Summer seminars are held in New York City and winter seminars are held in Los Angeles. Each seminar is conducted as an immersive cohort experience that includes frontal, experiential and peer-to-peer learning, as well as group reflection, mentorship opportunities and practical application workshops.
Participants in the Certificate Program are assigned to mentor groups that work together over the course the year to help each other apply the foundations of Experiential Jewish Education in practice.
In addition, participants receive individual coaching from mentors and construct year-long plans to enable positive individual change. Mentors also facilitate connections to networks and resources necessary for the participants’ success.
To learn more about the Certificate Program, to nominate a candidate or to apply, visit the Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education website.