Eugene Borowitz Leading Session During the Leadership Institute's Summer Seminar - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Eugene Borowitz Leading Session During the Leadership Institute's Summer Seminar

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Eugene Borowitz will be leading a session on Sunday June 28th titled Mapping a Theological Journey and then another one on Tuesday June 30th titled Taking the Next Steps in the Journey during the Leadership Institute's summer seminar.


The summer institute entitled Lilmod u’le-lamed: Teaching, Learning, and Leadership will provide a variety of opportunities to explore our leadership role in both creating curriculum innovation and building meaningful learning experiences.  Throughout the sessions we will consider the following questions:

  • What are the implications for curriculum designed to impact Jewish knowing, believing, belonging and living?
  • How can I create meaningful educational experiences that enrich the Jewish lives of my students and their families?

·     What are possible strategies to translate Jewish theology into a specific educational setting?

  • What are some of the essential characteristics for teaching for meaning and how might we foster a deeper understanding of specific content areas?
  • How might we best evaluate Jewish educational curriculum resources?

 Dr. Borowitz will be using the chapter Seven People Who Shaped Modern Jewish Thought from his book A Touch of the Sacred: A Theologian’s Informal Guide to Jewish Belief to shape the learning.

Aaron Panken, Jo Kay, Evie Rotstein, Larry Hoffman and Cyd Weissman from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will also be leading sessions

The Leadership Institute for Congregational School Educators offers congregational school educators the opportunity to expand their knowledge and build a new vision for school leadership.  The Leadership Institute is guided by the vision of the New York School of Education at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and is fully funded by the UJA-Federation of New York. This historic opportunity will enable HUC-JIR and JTS to join together to further the leadership capacity, pedagogic skills and Judaic knowledge of congregational school educators. This program is open to candidates from all denominations in the New York, Long Island, Westchester and the greater metropolitan area extending to New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates leaders to serve North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, museums, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding.