YU Certificate Program Professionalizes Field of Experiential Jewish Education
They work for Hillel, NCSY, Maimonides, Birthright and other Jewish organizations. They range in education and background experience from recent college graduates to seasoned non-profit veterans. Between them, they have accompanied hundreds of people of all ages on Jewish journeys across the globe, engaging in volunteer work and teambuilding exercises, reflecting on issues of Jewish identity and community, and inspiring others to live meaningful lives centered on Jewish values.
They are experiential Jewish educators, and thanks to a new certificate program created by Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future and funded through a grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, they are embarking on an educational journey of their own.
“The field of experiential Jewish education is still in its early stages, with significant opportunities for improvement and important lessons to be learned,” said Dawne Bear Novicoff, senior program officer at the Jim Joseph Foundation. “YU’s Certificate Program is an excellent new training model for the field and will help share best practices that educators can apply directly to their work.”
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