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Dr. Rob Weinberg serves as National Director of the Experiment in Congregational Education (ECE). Since 2001 Rob has directed the ECE in working with congregations and local agencies to re-imagine and transform congregational education and to strengthen synagogues as critical centers of Jewish life in North America. The ECE has partnered with agencies and engaged congregations in New York, Washington, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Kansas City. His recent publications include “Finding New Models: Alternatives to Religious School” in What We Know Now about Jewish Education.
A leader in the field of synagogue transformation and innovation in congregational education, Rob holds a PhD in Organization Behavior from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Before joining HUC-JIR in 2001, Rob was a partner in the Organization Effectiveness practice at Hewitt Associates, a global human resources management consulting firm (now AonHewitt). In addition to his work with the ECE, Rob serves as Project Manager of HUC-JIR’s Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative, and has served as a consultant to HUC-JIR, the URJ, the CCAR, the Reform Pension Board, the Rabbinic Vision Initiative, the World Union for Progressive Judaism, NATE, NATA, PaRDeS, as well as individual congregations. Rob has taught at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy and its Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Having grown up in NFTY and on staff of OSRUI, Rob lives in Evanston, IL and belongs to Temple Beth Israel. In his “spare time” Rob builds furniture and performs as part of the musical group “Kol Sasson.”
Dr. Lesley Litman is the Director of the Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education and works with the Experiment in Congregational Education as the coordinator of its Boston-based initiative. She also consults to The iCenter in the area of curriculum design and professional development in Israel education. Lesley holds a doctorate in Jewish education from The Jewish Theological Seminary. Her research interests focus on the connection between curriculum and innovation in congregational education.