Alliance Department June 2008Presentation Transcript
June 2008 An Overview of the Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education
What is the Alliance? As the Central planning resource for educational services in the Metropolitan Detroit Jewish community, the Alliance promotes, advocates, develops, and supports Jewish education at all age levels. Through its programs and services, the Alliance is committed to advancing Jewish education by strengthening and vitalizing Jewish identity and affiliation in the community. The Alliance initiates innovative programs in collaboration with the Metropolitan Detroit Jewish community’s congregations, schools and other Jewish institutions.
The Alliance and the JCC created Shalom Street: The Address for Jewish Discovery, as a place for Jewish families to explore their Judaism in a fun and interactive environment.
Shalom Street was the first museum of its kind in the U.S. geared to ages 5-12.
Shalom Street opened in December 2003.
Since Shalom Street opened over 10,000 visitors have come to learn more about…
Shalom Goes West
Shalom Street provides specialized educational programming for school groups from throughout the community.
Shalom Street has participated in a special diversity program in cooperation with the Henry Ford Museum, the Arab American Museum and the Wright African American Museum.
Education Directors Day School Directors
The directors meet on a monthly basis with an Alliance staff member.
This summer the directors from the congregation schools will have a retreat; Rabbi Eddie Feinstein from Los Angeles will be the scholar in residence.
Many of the teachers in our supplemental schools are not trained teachers.
Many did not receive an intensive Jewish education.
NIRIM – Professional Development for Supplementary School Teachers The NIRIM program is intended to offer advanced professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers working in the supplementary school system.
Approximately 85 teachers completed the NIRIM program during the 2007-2008 school year
Over 100 teachers participated in the courses and workshops.
Directors from the following pre-schools meet on a regular basis:
Temple Beth El
Pitt Child Development Center at the JCC
A conference is held each year for Pre-School Teachers, Assistants and Directors Directors are also meeting 5 times each year with experts in different areas of Special Education Pre School Activities
6 Pre-Schools participate in a program that teaches young children Hebrew through intensive immersion.
Curriculum has been developed to help teachers develop specialized units.
School to School
Local Supplemental Schools work with schools in our Partnership 2000 Region to develop relationships between Israeli children and local students. The Alliance facilitates this partnership.
Participants: 6 Youth Choirs, 100+ voices, from Detroit Metropolitan Supplemental Schools, as well as the Kidz Klez Band of Michigan Locations vary from year to year, from Conservative to Reform venues The New Zimriyah 2008
Artists work with 6-8 grade students to give them new ways to express themselves Jewishly. Artist share there own Jewish passion. Currently 10 schools are participating in projects. This project is funded by the DeRoy Testamentary Foundation. Artists in the Schools
Grinspoon Steinhardt Award This award is designed to recognize, honor, and support, outstanding classroom Jewish educators on the local level and is presented to professionals in communities across North America in conjunction with their central agencies for Jewish education or federations.
Emery & Diane Klein Award for Excellence in Jewish Education
Each year a Day School teacher and a congregational school teacher are awarded receive the Klein award
These teachers receive full scholarship to attend a national conference
Benard L. Maas Foundation Prize for Achievement in Jewish Culture & Continuity
The purpose of this prize is to identify and reward exemplary Jewish creativity in the areas of Fine Arts, Performing Arts and the Humanities. The award rotates through these categories; this year, 2008, the award will be presented to Jeffrey Abt in Fine Arts.
Nominees submit materials and a personal statement
A committee meets to discuss criteria, review material and selects an awardee
Brochures are mailed to a diverse group of people
Michigan Board of Rabbis
The Michigan Board of Rabbis comes together for collegiality and to discuss communal issues.
The MBOR is housed at the Alliance.
Last year, the Rabbis engaged in professional development activities to enhance their own learning.
The Ed Ravitz Statewide Outreach Initiative staffed by Jeffrey Surowitz
Designed to strengthen Jewish identity and promote Jewish continuity in twenty one small Michigan Jewish communities outside Metropolitan Detroit and Ann Arbor and to assist these communities with Jewish populations ranging from 7 to 2000, the initiative:
Provides resources and funding for Jewish educational, religious and cultural experiences,
Makes available scholarships for Israel trips and Jewish camping, and
Enables networking opportunities to deepen the connections among Jewish communities across the state.
CSI Detroit-Congregational School Initiative
CSI Detroit is a new initiative that provides an opportunity for congregations to undergo a thorough assessment of their educational program.
Assessors will spend up to 3 months in each institution meeting with staff, lay and professional to evaluate programs
There are 1760 families receiving scholarships for assistance with supplementary school education.
There are 1216 families receiving scholarships for assistance with day school education
Day School Planning
The Alliance is responsible for Day School funding, planning and evaluation in cooperation with Federation’s Planning and Allocations Department.
Family and Informal Jewish Education
Jewish Experiences for Families (J.E.F.F.)
To adapt Jewish learning to the home.
To enhance the Jewish commitment of families.
To empower parents to be the primary educators of their children.
To help institutions improve the quality of their Jewish family programming.
To partner with schools and agencies to create programming and curriculum and positive Jewish family experiences.
Community outreach to meet families “where they are.”
Congregational and Agency Programs
Community – Wide Programs
The Barbara and Douglas Bloom Matzah Factory
Great Purim Parcel Project
It’s A Mitzvah
Single Jewish Parents Network
14 Week countdown to Passover for
Hillel Day School Families
JEFF Store (sale of all JEFF materials)
A Taste of JEFF brochure
JEFF’s The Jewish Family Education Project of Metropolitan Detroit Jewish Family Educators
Daniella HarPaz Mechnikov
Jewish Family Educators have been placed in the following Congregations and Agencies:
Over 30 individuals join together for a monthly meeting with a Rabbi and group facilitator to learn more about Judaism in an informal environment.
The group is composed of new Jews by Choice and individuals in interfaith relationships who want to learn more about Judaism.
Co-sponsored by JFS
Shalom Baby and Shalom Family
Jewish Educational Programming monthly for parents with newborns and young families.
P.J. Library – Families of 1-5 year olds will receive a Jewish book or CD each month through a gift from the Applebaum Family Foundation and the Grinspoon Foundation.
Single Jewish Parent’s Network (SJPN)
Single Jewish Parents Network provides supportive Jewish programming for single Jewish parents and their families.
There are three camping programs:
Mother’s Day Weekend
Single Jewish Father’s Weekend
There is also Shabbat and holiday programs, life cycle and social programming.
The majority of programs are partnered with congregations and agencies.
LEAP- Leading, Education and Programming for Our Youth
2 Year Professional Development Program for Youth Advisors (both volunteer and professional)
The program consists of 4 sessions a year. Each year focuses on issues relating to teens, and guidance on strengthening youth groups.
Trip at the end of two years to California to learn about Jewish life there.
Opening the Doors: Special Education Services
A nationally recognized program serving over 700 children each year.
Serves 23 afternoon and day schools and preschools.
Provides opportunity for children with learning disabilities and other special needs to receive an appropriate Jewish education.
Opening the Doors
18 certified special education teachers are in the schools and receive training and support.
Early Childhood intervention program – funded by the Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation
Opening the Doors Special Education Services
Special educators network
Day School Conference
Family Circle Program
Professional development workshops
Children’s disabilities awareness programs
Recruitment and placement of special educators
Early Childhood Specialist Series (a series of 6 sessions featuring a speaker on a specific topic to share his expertise)
Participation/membership in annual consortium of Jewish special educators in Central Agencies.
Day School Conference
Only forum in which all four day schools participate in a day of professional development.
Two keynote speakers address separate Judaic and secular topics.
Original and current books and guided discussion questions are offered to 2-4 th grade students to sensitize children to differences of peers and to promote acceptance and friendship. Disabilities Awareness
Community wide educational program held annually to assist parents and professionals in providing awareness of childhood issues.
Children with more involved needs and challenges meet every Sunday during the school year in an individualized setting and with adjusted curriculum. Efshar
Doors to the Future Para Educators Program
The Mandell L. and Madeleine H. Berman Foundation has provided funding for this program.
It provides a para-educator to work with children in early childhood settings for early intervention.
20 children have been served annually.
Hebrew Language Courses
Judaic Studies Courses with local rabbis and scholars
There are currently 250 students enrolled in these classes which meet for 15 weeks each semester.
Summertime Torah Courses
SAJE for All Seasons– Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment (with the Jewish Community Center)
Florence Melton Adult Mini- School
Last year 266 students participated in the 2 hours per week, 30 week
course. The program consists
of 2 years of study.
300 Melton graduates are
continuing their education in
Parent Education Program (PEP)
The program is a special Melton course for parents of young children newborn through 5th grade.
25 parents are enrolled in the program
Adult Study Retreats
25 adults participated in fall and spring retreats in 2007-08
The retreats provided a weekend of spirituality and learning.
Women’s Day of Learning
Over 200 women from the entire Jewish community from non-affiliated to highly affiliated attend this event.
2008 will be the 8 th year of the program which features a nationally known Jewish woman scholar and local female Jewish teachers.
SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment)
Informal Jewish education offering 3 week mini sessions, lectures and 1-day events on Jewish and related topics.
Satellite programming through the 92 nd Street Y brings high quality programming to Detroit.
Sponsored jointly with the Jewish Community Center.
Distribution of Alliance Programs Oversight and Funding
Formal Education Professional Development Funding Source TEAM Hermelin Davidson NIRIM Campaign Hebrew Immersion Hermelin Davidson Artists in the Schools DeRoy Testementary Foundation Special Education Campaign Doors to the Future Madeleine and Bill Berman Foundation
Informal Education Professional Development Funding Source Jewish Family Educators Berman Millennium Fund JEFF Berman & Campaign SJPN Campaign Shalom Baby and Shalom Family PJ Library Foundation/Grinspoon Foundation Sarah’s Tent Shalom Street Ford Motor Company Fund Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation and Funders LEAP & Teen Services Campaign & Stephen H. SchulmanMillennium Fund
Alliance for Jewish Education Staff
Helene Weiss Kohn
Dale Alpert Rubin
Lisa Soble Siegmann
Alliance for Jewish Education Advancing Jewish Education