Program Structure


Basic Schedule

Each JECELI cohort of 16 participants and 4 mentors studies 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 the JECELI Core Capacities for assessment and self-directed learning
  • Small group work with mentor
  • Individual work with mentor
  • Developing a Leadership Learning Portfolio and Project
  • Use of technology for off-site group work and on-going communication