“The biggest challenge in Jewish life today is identifying and cultivating good leadership…. Tap into your inspiration if you want to lead well.” – Dr. Misha Galperin, Reimagining Leadership in Jewish Organizations

What We Want You to Know

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Jewish Learning and Dialogue

Jewish Learning and Dialogue

Reflective Practice and Mentoring

Reflective Practice and Mentoring

Community Building

Community Building

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JECELI engages selected new and aspiring directors in intensive Jewish learning, inquiry and reflective practice, leadership development, and community culture building. Jewish learning provides the foundation for all of the areas that are studied. Participants work on discovering meaning in texts and ritual; understanding leadership and relationships through Jewish perspectives; fostering spiritual development; integrating Israel into the life of the early childhood program; and facilitating the development of identity. JECELI is a collaborative effort between The Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion, in consultation with the Bank Street College of Education, with the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation. For more information on these institutions, click here.

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What's New

June 26, 2014 |

The Summer Session is Starting…

   The JECELI Summer Session actually starts for many of us before the calendar dates (this year from July...

May 29, 2014 |

Sharing Shavuot – The month of Sivan starts tonight!

The two spring observances of Lag ba-Omer and Shavuot have often puzzled teachers of young Jewish children. So...

March 16, 2014 |

What’s in your suitcase now?

The members of JECELI Cohort 2 have been back from the JECELI Israel Seminar now for two weeks. Most of us,...

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