Jewish Eco Seminars presentation

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Jewish Eco Seminars engages and educates the Jewish community through inspiring programs on Israel, the environment, and Jewish values.

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Jewish Eco Seminars presentation

  1. 1. Jewish Eco Seminars
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Mission : Jewish Eco Seminars engages and educates the Jewish community through inspiring seminars on Jewish environmental wisdom.  </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish Eco Seminars provides: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Direct programming for tourists, group participants, and congregants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional development training for Jewish educators, rabbis, camp staff, and others. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Our Israel programs provide place-based seminars that connect current environmental issues to Israel and Jewish values , including one that takes participants to the site of the recent fire and explores its causes and solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>  In North America we provide Jewish environmental programming to a variety of Jewish institutions, from synagogues to camps, through our Faculty Team members based around the US and Canada.  </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Are Our Goals? <ul><ul><li>Engage and inspire young Jews concerned about the planet’s future by linking a core area of concern for them to Jewish teachings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bolster Jewish educators’ awareness and knowledge of Jewish environmental teachings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Empower  educators to teach on Judaism and the environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinvigorate Jewish education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhance Jewish continuity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Catalyze a Jewish response to the environmental crisis </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Objective A:  Direct Programming for North and South Americans Visiting Israel <ul><li>Provide Israel-centered programming fused with learning about Jewish values and ecology to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twenty Taglit-Birthright Israel groups during Summer 2011, reaching 800 participants; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>   Five  Federation and Synagogue Delegations and Tour Groups  (100 participants in total) visiting Israel in Summer and Fall 2011; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Four sessions for participants from    Hebrew University's Hecht Beit Midrash program, in Spanish and English </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twenty participants through weekly open-enrollment Jewish environmental class. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Our Israel-focused Jewish educational experiences take place outdoors, in: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>  forests outside of Jerusalem and in the Galilee  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the Judaean and Negev deserts  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>water sites like the Sea of Galilee and natural springs in the Judaean hills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  5. 5. Objective B: Teaching Training for North and South American Jewish Educators <ul><li>Targeted Institutions in Israel: </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rabbinincal seminaries of many denominations: HUC, Conservative Yeshiva, Orthodox seminaries like Sula'am Ya'akov </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pardes Educators Program and Hartman Institute's Melamdim program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher Training programs run through MASA for educators from North and South America </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Targeted Institutions in North America: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proposal for SF Bay Area and Toronto day school staff training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher Training Programs run by Bureaus of Jewish Education </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Program Successes to Date <ul><ul><li>2008 Tree of Life Seminars Pilot Project in the San Francisco Bay Area of Canfei Nesharim and the Bureau of Jewish Education reached 130 Jewish educators with each attending one of eight seminars. I was project manager and a seminar educator for that project, funded by a $25,000 grant from Gaia Fund </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2010 Teacher trainings in and around Jerusalem, for 35 educators from two institutions: Sula'am Yaakov rabbinical program, and Pardes Educators program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>US speaking tours in California, New York, and New Jersey in 2008 and 2010, reaching about 1000 Jews at 15 different institutions </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Faculty Team <ul><li>Our educators command: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A mastery of Jewish teaching </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deep familiarity with guiding groups in Israel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extensive experience in outdoor experiential education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>We try to adhere to a maximum educator to participant ratio of 1 to 20 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Yael Ukeles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rabbi Shaul Judelman </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. Akiva Wolff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tuvia Aronson </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rabbi Yonatan Neril </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Batel Mashel </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rabbi Fivel Yedidyah Glasser </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Staff and Interns <ul><li>Rabbi Yonatan Neril - Founder & Exec. Director </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Dafna Neiman – Director of Spanish Programs </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Lawrence Steinman – Educational Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Abby Kaufman – Communications Intern </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Ruth Kleinman – Community Engagement Intern </li></ul><ul><li>Eitan Press-- Social Media and Fundraising Intern </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Angie Soldinger – Environmental Education Intern </li></ul>
  9. 9. Funding to Date <ul><li>$7,500 in donations received and pledged from individuals for the coming year. </li></ul><ul><li>$5,000 challenge grant from the ROI Innovation Fund for a Spanish-speaking branch of Jewish Eco Seminars in Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Funding pending from October Fundraising Trip and December Fundraising Campaign </li></ul><ul><li>$10,000 budget gap for startup phase that we seek to fill in the crucial giving period of the next two weeks </li></ul>
  10. 10. Potential Obstacles and Contingency Plans <ul><li>Potential obstacles: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long ramp up time in securing major clients </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>May be 1-2 years until significant fee revenue comes in, and dependence on philanthropy during this period </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Significant time needed to attract and build relationships with both clients and donors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Contingency plans: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative part time income strategies for Executive Director </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Rabbi Yonatan Neril pitching JES at PresenTense Launch Night. Link to YouTube Video.
  12. 12. Questions and comments are now welcome! Thank you for assisting Jewish Eco Seminars.

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