Program Structure

Basic Schedule

Three cohorts of participants will be chosen to participate in JECELI. Each cohort will study together for 15 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 and winter
  • Regular half-hour phone meetings with mentors once or twice a month from September through June
  • A ten-day winter Israel seminar
  • A visit to the mentor’s Jewish early childhood program (to be arranged by each mentor and mentee)

All programming is developed in consultation with the Department of Educational Leadership of the Bank Street College of Education.

Please see the Calendar link on the Homepage for specific dates for each cohort.

Learning Formats

A form of Torah study

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

  • Jewish text study
  • Interactive seminars
  • Journaling
  • Small group work with mentor
  • Individual work with mentor
  • Use of the JECELI Leadership Development Plan for assessment and self-directed learning
  • Study field trips to other programs and relevant places of interest
  • Workshops on administrative management
  • Professional reading
  • Use of technology through a Learning Management System
  • Use of the arts