Creating new narratives regarding the significance of Israel in Jewish life
The Israel Engagement Active Learning Network, is a partnership between the Union for Reform Judaism and the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.
In 2014, the URJ will select 30 congregations to participate in the Israel Engagement ALN.
What will congregations gain?
Explore and experiment with new concepts, language and skills for revolutionizing personal and institutional engagement with Israel.
Access to resources and experts on Israel Engagement.
Creative ideas and strategies for translating learning into actions.
Opportunity to network with other congregations in the Active Learning Network, sharing best principles, experiences and ideas for addressing
1. Create a team: Teams will consist of a minimum of two participants per congregation, including a professional staff member (rabbis,
educators, youth directors) and a lay leader.
2. Participate in webinars and follow-up assignments: Assignments will be designed to deepen the learning, connect the curriculum to
congregational life and/or current events, etc.
3. Participate in two day regional gathering: The gathering will culminate the learning process. Participants and/or congregations will be
asked to cover room, board and travel expenses. The Regional gathering will take place in June (date TBD).
4. Monetary Investment:To participate in this ALN, will require an investment of $400 from each participating congregation.
This covers the cost of an enhanced iEngage 1 curriculum, five webinars with Shalom Hartman Institute and Reform Movement Scholars,
ongoing support throughout and after the learning process, and participation in a network of URJ congregations.
5 webinars: Topics Include:
Introduction to the Israel Engagement Initiative
Jewish and Democratic State
Israel and Us
Learning will commence in February 2014.
Upon acceptance into the ALN initiative, participants will receive an iEngage DVD toolkit, which includes:
9 DVD's (or one USB card) of iEngage video lectures and faculty dialogues for the nine-part curriculum
An interactive teacher training course on USB, which covers every primary source in the nine-unit curriculum
A student sourcebook with classical and modern texts for each unit**
Online background readings and supplementary sources.
** Additional sourcebooks for each site can be ordered by participating congregations at the cost of $20 each, shipping included.
Rabbi Yehudit Werchow, Director of Israel Engagement at the Union for Reform Judaism, will oversee the implementation of the initiative and the curriculum, working with the
faculty and congregations.
Rabbi Lauren Berkun, Director of Rabbinic and Synagogue Programs at Shalom Hartman Institute, will provide ongoing consultation and educational support on
the iEngage curriculum for facilitating rabbi/educators in participating congregations.