Experiment in Congregational Education

Created in 1992, the Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE) is the nation's first synagogue transformation project — and among the most successful. Since that time, the ECE has worked directly and through local partnerships with over 200 congregations throughout the U.S. ranging in size from 150 to 3,000 member units. The ECE’s concepts and methodologies have been put to use in many national and local synagogue and educational transformation projects. We have developed a rich library of resources for congregations and inspired several books, research reports, and other similar projects at the local and national levels. 

ECE Toolbox

Visit the ECE Toolbox, ECE's library of materials, to search for materials to support your own congregation in transformational change. The Toolbox is a collection of resources from over 20 years of the ECE’s work with nearly 200 congregations around the country. In the Toolbox you can explore ideas, tools, and materials, and find inspiration to help you innovate and transform Jewish learning in your congregation. Explore the Toolbox >

Vision and Mission

The ECE was founded on the belief that learning is the most effective pathway towards transforming congregations from membership service organizations into "communities of meaning," in which members are involved and engaged with Jewish living and learning and with one another. Learn more >

ECE’s Partnerships and Relationships

ECE partners with foundations, agencies, and congregations across the United States to support congregations in transformational change. Learn more >

Contact ECE: (847) 328-0032