“As the leader, so the generation; as the generation, so the leader.” – Talmud Yerushalmi, Arakhim 17a

What We Want You to Know

Click on the images at right to learn more about JECELI's areas of study.

Jewish Learning and Dialogue

Jewish Learning and Dialogue

Reflective Practice in a Jewish Social Context

Reflective Practice in a Jewish Social Context

Community Building

Community Building

More About JECELI

We are delighted to announce the beginning of JECELI Chicago Cohort 2!

Orientation is taking place from February 11th through February 14th. The members of this cohort will be published on this website shortly after the event.

We hope that you will return to learn more about them and to read the blog about our initial adventures with our new JECELI Fellows.

We have been deeply gratified by the response to the call of leadership in Jewish early childhood education in the Chicago community!

JECELI supports leaders and aspiring leaders by providing a grounding in Jewish learning, reflective practice, and community building. Leadership tools are used to promote collaborative work in the group and in the schools of the JECELI Fellows. Challenges that arise become opportunities rather than obstacles and each school can become stronger and even more intentional. To these ends, the organization of JECELI  is transparent, so that the leadership skills, knowledge, and processes that inform the program can be used by participants to develop their own schools.




JECELI is a collaborative effort between The Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion, originating in consultation with the Bank Street College of Education, and operating with the generous support of The Crown Family. For more information on these institutions, click here.

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What's New

February 22, 2018 |

JECELI Chicago Cohort 2 Orientation!

All of us on staff felt that the JECELI Chicago Cohort 2 has had a very exciting and promising beginning. It is...

February 8, 2018 |

In beginning…

And so we start our studies together! The JECELI staff members eagerly look forward to what we will learn with and...

July 11, 2017 |

Apply now for JECELI Chicago Cohort 2!

Apply to JECELI Chicago Cohort 2 at http://bit.ly/2su2poV, and have a hand in the future of Jewish...

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