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Rabbinical Student Adam Scheldt Receives 2011 PresenTense Fellowship

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Adam Scheldt, a Mandel Fellow and rabbinical student receiving Rabbinic Ordination in 2013, is a PresenTense New York City 2011 Fellow.  In January, PresenTense fellows embarked upon a five-month Fellowship joining similar programs underway in Boston, Philadelphia, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv.  The 2011 PresenTense NYC Fellows are visionaries with bold ideas to re-shape the landscape of the Jewish community in the 21st Century.  They have innovative ideas combined with a passion for their cause and a track record of leadership.  Fellows will be equipped with the tools and skills they need to mobilize the community behind their ventures – creating a sustainable eco-system of social change and culture of action in New York.

Adam Scheldt is originally from a small farming community in Illinois. He graduated from Knox College with a degree in International Relations before eventually moving to Israel to pursue rabbinic ordination at HUC-JIR. Adam is currently halfway through rabbinic studies and is also working toward a masters degree in Religious Education (also at HUC-JIR). In his "spare time," Adam trains as a competitive figure skater and works as a figure skating coach at Aviator Sports Center in Brooklyn.

Adam’s venture: Have you ever gone online to find a recipe or cooking tip? A number of websites have changed the way we cook. People load recipes onto websites, users then rate and comment on recipes they find, and eventually a greater number of people can prepare vastly better meals than they ever would have alone. My venture, "The Jewish Teachers' Network" seeks to do for Jewish teachers and curriculum what these recipe websites have done for cooking. The Jewish Teachers' Network will offer a forum for the exchange of ideas, lesson plans, curricular development, and teaching information in a way that allows users to organically contribute content and receive feedback from their peers. The Jewish Teachers' Network seeks to change the conversations we have regarding Jewish teaching, and works to give educators the tools and freedom to create the best teaching they can create—each bringing strength to the greater whole.


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