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JEC is Reinventing Supplemental Jewish Education

By September 28, 2022September 29th, 2022Jewish Education Collaborative

Do the words “Hebrew school” conjure less-than-pleasant memories? You’re not alone. Federation’s Jewish Education Collaborative (JEC) wants you to think about supplemental, part-time Jewish learning differently—and they want places of learning to change how they think about it, too.

JEC aims to boldly reimagine Jewish education in our community. Today’s families need new models and fresh teaching methods to engage kids (and families!) in learning that excites them and makes them feel proud to be Jewish.

JEC’s top priorities include:

  • Investing in teaching talent
  • Innovating in and beyond the classroom
  • Strengthening Jewish learning networks
  • Changing how and where kids learn
  • Changing perceptions around Jewish education

Great things are happening in part-time Jewish education in Atlanta. Programs offer personal choice, hands-on learning experiences, and online options for busy families. One parent remarked in a recent survey, “My son absolutely loves religious school and learning Hebrew. He looks forward to every class. We’ve started new traditions and look forward to discussing what he learned!”

JEC partners closely with JumpSpark, Jewish Abilities Atlanta, and PJ Library, as well as a variety of national organizations. And every week, JEC meets with the education directors of partner institutions, including 15 local synagogues, the MJCCA’s Club J, and Jewish Kids Groups (JKG) to discuss implementation and progress of new initiatives.

The funds that JEC receives from Federation’s Partners Fund support our local partner institutions and help them to implement new and innovative strategies. So, when you support JEC, you’re also supporting these vital institutions that shape the next generation of Jewish learners. By donating to Federation, you can be part of a revolution in Jewish education.

To make your contribution, click here.

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