The Mayberg Family Charitable Foundation recently announced the second year of the Jewish Education Innovation Challenge (JEIC), a grant initiative designed to stimulate and reward innovation in Jewish middle and high school education in North America. The JEIC supplies the opportunity for schools to partner using a grant for $50,000 to implement a paradigm shifting program. This stems from JEIC’s mission to create a new archetype of Jewish education to supplant the present ineffective models.
JEIC consists of three rounds. The first round is open Letters of Intent, at the end of which up to 18 applicants will be asked to submit full proposals and will be awarded $1,000 each. After the second round, up to 6 finalists will be required to attend an innovators retreat on May 21st and 22nd and will each be guaranteed a $3,600 grant to help defray travel costs. The top grant will be for up to $50,000.
JEIC’s mission is to create a new archetype of Jewish education. In that new archetype, students graduate with a lifelong dedication to learn and teach the Mesorah. This includes the articulation of self-esteem, social esteem, and positive decision making within the context of Jewish values, understanding, and learning. To that end, we partner with schools to fund a revolutionary, sustainable, accountable, and scalable program. We will research the relative success and dynamics within the program using naturalistic and empirical methods. By honing these projects we hope to shape the new archetype and supplant the present model of Jewish education.
Read more about the challenge at the JEIC website.