Synagogue Transformation Through Education
- Now on the Web
Synagogue transformation work is no longer limited to the monthly
committee meeting. For the first time congregations will be able
to turn to the Web for round the clock information, resources, community,
and support from the nation’s first synagogue transformation project.
The Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE), a project
of the Rhea Hirsch School of Education, Hebrew Union College - Jewish
Institute of Religion, Los Angeles has partnered with Jewish
Family & Life! (JFL), the trailblazing producers of online Jewish
living and learning content, to launch an online home - ECEOnline.org
- for its breakthrough process by which synagogues become “Congregations
of Learners” and “Self-Renewing Congregations.”
The site features:
- Customized interactive Team Workspaces, so that participating
congregations may continue conversations outside of team meetings,
share documents, calendars, links and resources.
- Text studies both for the visitor and participating congregations.
- Information on the ECE, an innovative project with 10 years
of pioneering experience in synagogue transformation.
- Inspiring stories depicting the journeys participating congregations
have taken toward transformation.
- Information on how to get involved in the ECE process.
- An Interactive Showcase, currently featuring an interview with
the Rabbi of one of ECE’s pioneering congregations.
- Learning Modules, the first of which will address Alternative
Models for Religious Schools
“The ECE, through ECEOnline.org, is one of the first projects to
open up synagogue transformation to the Internet and will use state-of-the-art
interactive and distance learning tools to provide content knowledge
and to facilitate the transformation process,” stated Dr. Rob Weinberg,
Director of the ECE. The site was designed in collaboration with
HUC’s Department of Distance Learning.
“Synagogue transformation is the future of congregational life
and now there is an online forum for the unlimited creative energy
of synagogue leadership,” stated Yosef I. Abramowitz, CEO of JFL.
“The ECE/JFL partnership demonstrates how multimedia and technology
can assist in the advancement of congregational life.”
The Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE) is the
nation's first synagogue transformation project. It was founded
on the belief that learning is the most effective pathway towards
transforming congregations into "communities of meaning" in which
members are involved and engaged with Jewish living and learning
and with one another. The work of the ECE is made possible by gifts
from the Nathan Cummings Foundation and The Koret Foundation.
Hebrew Union College’s Rhea Hirsch School of Education is
a premier training institution in Jewish education, preparing professional
educational leadership for congregations, day schools and other
educational settings. Recognizing that Jewish education succeeds
where a community places Jewish learning at its center, the Rhea
Hirsch School views the ECE as a significant complement to its preparation
of education leadership.
Jewish Family & Life!/JFL Media’s (JFL) mission is to spark
and nurture Jewish identity and build interactive Jewish communities
by providing access to multimedia resources and tools to the global
Jewish community and to those interested in a Jewish way of life.
The JFL media network includes titles such as JewishFamily.com,
SocialAction.com, and Sh’ma. JFL is partners with the Jewish Television
Network on JewZ.com, the Nash Family Foundation and JESNA on JSkyway
(providing online professional development for the Jewish community),
The AVI CHAI Foundation on BabagaNewz and Hebrew College on MyJewishLearning
(an adult educational learning portal scheduled for debut September