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The mid-20th century Jewish community center was built on the model of a brick-and-mortar, full-service, membership-based community center. This model is increasingly out of step with today’s reality. The purpose of the Innovating JCCs study was to seek out new ideas in the field and identify ways that JCCs might break through the old model to become successful 21st century agencies. Lessons from the research are relevant not only to JCCs, but also to synagogues and other legacy institutions in the Jewish community.
Updated: Jul. 21, 2019
In 2005, the American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise (AICE) initiated a program to place visiting Israeli professors (VIPs) on university campuses in the United States. The program seeks to expose students at colleges and universities to serious academic study about modern Israel through the placement of Israeli academics in temporary positions, thereby enhancing student understanding of Israel’s culture, government, and society as well as the domestic and international challenges the country faces. This study is based on a survey of over 200 students who took courses from an AICE visiting Israeli professor in spring 2011.
Updated: Dec. 12, 2013
This report follows up on the seminal study of Jewish camps, Limud by the Lake: Fulfilling the Potential of Jewish Summer Camps and the subsequent book, “How Goodly Are Thy Tents”: Summer Camps as Jewish Socializing Experiences. This report presents the results of a summer 2008 study of Jewish summer camps. It describes changes in the field over the previous eight years and presents new data on the families and staff that comprise the camp community. It concludes with a set of questions about the future of the field and five recommendations for expanding and deepening the Jewish summer camp experience.
Updated: Apr. 10, 2011
The Re-Imagine Project (of the Experiment in Congregational Education) is an attempt to engender innovation in congregational schools. A long-term study of 24 participating congregations in Greater New York examined the extent to which the effort yielded new models of education (radical change). The study included surveys of task force members and interviews with 101 key informants. Results show four patterns of change: radical, replacement of old forms with new forms, creation of alternatives, and addition of programs. Factors related to starting points, the change process, and resources were found to influence which synagogues achieved deeper levels of change.
Updated: Mar. 08, 2011
This report describes professional development efforts in Jewish education in North America. It presents current professional development opportunities in Jewish education, describing them by sub-sector (i.e., camp, year-round informal education, Hillel, day school, congregational school, and Israel).
Updated: Apr. 30, 2008