JEIC Announces New Team Challenge

October 7, 2016

Source: JEIC


The Jewish Education Innovation Challenge announced today that is has launched a new initiative aimed at revitalizing Jewish day schools through reintroducing the dynamic of beneficent experimentation. For the first time, HaKaveret: JEIC Team Challenge will convene a group of talented, creative and motivated individuals from around the country to form an innovation design team with a focus on creating a new vision in Jewish education. The inaugural team will consist of ten carefully selected Designers from a variety of backgrounds related to education, Judaism or psychology. The diversity of experience in this collaborative effort will help foster creative thinking and influence change.

The team will identify schools that could potentially serve as testing sites for these new models. They will work closely with the schools to test the models, adapting them as necessary for each location.

During this time period, the Designers will convene for three cornerstone retreats. The retreats will take place in November, February and May and will be located in Silver Spring, MD; Chicago, IL and Bal Harbour, FL.

Designers for 5777 (2016-2017):

Sharon Freundel
Director of Jewish Life, Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital - Washington, DC

Dr. Jennifer Glaser
Director: The Engaging Texts Network and Co-Director: Israel Center for Philosophy and Education - Jerusalem, Israel

Ruchel Green
Teacher, Silver Spring Learning Center; Technology Specialist, Silver Spring Learning Center - Silver Spring, MD

Rina Hoffman
Consultant, Experiential Education and Program Design - Sharon, MA

Eliezer Jones
General Studies Principal at Valley Torah High School
Valley Village, CA

Jeff Kiderman
Executive Director, Affordable Jewish Education Project (AJE)
New York, NY

Amy Meltzer
Kindergarten Teacher and Director of Family Engagement at Lander Grinspoon Academy - Northampton, MA

Michal Smart
Associate Principal, Bi-Cultural Day School Stamford, CT

Noam Weissman
Principal, Shalhevet High School Los Angeles, CA

Tikvah Wiener
Co-Founder and Director, I.D.E.A. Schools Network; Chief Academic Officer, Magen David Yeshivah High School - Teaneck, NJ

Updated: Oct. 10, 2016