Program Structure

Basic Schedule

The JECELI Chicago cohort will consist of up to 24 participants and 4 mentors who will study together for 20 months, according to the following schedule:

  • A three day orientation retreat in February, 2016
  • Four three day learning sessions (July and November, 2016; January and March, 2017) with educators from The Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and other experts
  • Intensive mentoring: individual, on-site and small group, on a monthly basis
  • Portfolio development to support professional growth
  • Other events, such as community-wide learning days and JECELI celebrations
Specific times will soon be posted on the Calendar page.

The National JECELI cohorts of 16 participants and 4 mentors also have studied together for 20 months, according to the following schedule:

  • A three-day orientation retreat in the spring
  • Two weeks of study in New York City for two successive summers with educators from Bank Street College of Education, The Jewish Theological Seminar, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, as well as with other experts
  • Study and collaborative on-line work during the fall, winter, and spring
  • Regular phone meetings with mentors once or twice a month from September through June
  • Virtual mentor group meetings at least 4 times each academic year
  • A ten-day Israel seminar
  • A visit from the mentor to the mentee’s Jewish early childhood program (to be arranged by each mentor and mentee)

Specific dates for each cohort are on the Calendar page.

Learning Formats

A form of Torah study

JECELI will support the following learning experiences for participants throughout the program:

  • Jewish text study
  • Interactive seminars
  • Use of Appreciative Inquiry and the JECELI Core Capacities for assessment and self-directed learning
  • Individual and small group work with mentor
  • Maintaining a professional Jewish Education Leader Portfolio
  • Developing a Leadership Project
  • Use of technology for off-site group work and on-going communication