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The ECE has worked with more than 100 congregations throughout the United States. These congregations have varied by size (150 to nearly 3,000 member units), geography (urban, suburban and ex-urban in multiple regions), movement (Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Orthodox, and non-denominational) and culture. In some of the congregations, learning was central before starting, and in some other congregations, learning was active only in the religious school for young children.

The ECE has supported these congregations through a variety of local and national initiatives in partnership with community agencies.

  • B’nai Mitzvah Revolution: a joint project of the URJ and HUC-JIR, the B’nai Mitzvah Revolution supports congregations in rethinking the preparation for and celebration of bar/bat mitzvah.
  • Jewish Learning Connections: an initiative for Boston-area congregations in partnership with Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP).
  • The Coalition of Innovating Congregations: a coalition of New York area congregations designing and implementing innovative models of Jewish education. The Coalition included three congregational initiatives: LOMED, LOMED Chadash, and Express Innovation.
  • Congregational Education for the 21st Century (CE21): in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington Jewish Life and Learning department (formerly the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning).
  • The RE-IMAGINE Project of Los Angeles: an initiative for Los Angeles area congregations
  • The RE-IMAGINE Project: multiple cohorts of congregations in the greater New York area, many of which now belong to the Coalition of Innovating Congregations.
  • Innovative Models of the Religious School (IMRS): an initiative for San Francisco area congregations
  • Congregation of Learners: Congregations in Kansas City
  • Congregation of Learners: the two pilot cohorts of the Experiment in Congregational Education, including congregations from across the United States. Some alumni of this initiative participated in the DrEAMRS Consortium (Disseminating and Exploring Alternative Models of the Religious School)