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. The ECE was founded on the principles that:
ECE strives to help congregations discover how learning can revitalize their synagogue communities through a tested and proven multi-stage process of working toward becoming both:
In ECE congregations, adults, children and families are learning in a variety of new and exciting ways, not confined to the classroom setting. Learners are teaching, teachers are learning, and all activities — meetings, worship, social action, and social events — now include learning. Through authentic Jewish learning, these communities have been revitalized and transformed.
The ECE is a multi-denominational project, based at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR's Jack H. Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. It respects the movement affiliations and ideologies of its participant congregations, which have come from all the Jewish Movements.