The Jewish Living & Learning Job Track at the 2017 Professional Conference is designed for anyone whose primary responsibility is Jewish living and learning at the JCC. The Job Track offers intellectual, spiritual, and social support and stimulation for JCC Jewish educators; in other words, a spa-retreat nurturing all your Jewish senses. These sessions will address content knowledge, programming methods, “big picture” issues such as collaboration inside and outside the JCC, strategic visioning, and of course, lots of peer-to-peer learning and sharing.
Jewish Living & Learning Job Track Leader: Dr. David Ackerman, Senior Vice President | Director, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Jewish Education
Leads the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Jewish Education, which helps JCCs improve their ability to be excellent venues for Jewish living and learning through the Jewish and educational training and development of senior personnel, along with elevating the Judaic nature of JCCs in all program areas.
Jewish Living & Learning Job Track Sessions
A Jewish Learning Exchange
Sunday, 1:45 – 3:45 pm
Facilitated by David Ackerman, Senior Vice President | Director, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Jewish Education
This session lets participants share their most effective programming ideas with one another.
Gimme Shelter!: Creating Safe Spaces for Talking about Israel
Monday, 2:15 – 3:45 pm
Mark Lazar, Director of the Center for Jewish Life, Merage JCC of Orange County
This session will identify ways to create meaningful Israel programs despite divergent perspectives.
Ma Nishtana (What’s Different): Working with 21st century teens
Monday, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Dr. David Bryfman, Chief Innovation Officer, Jewish Education Project
This session will help educators learn how to reach, teach, and make a difference with 21st Century teens.
Entering the Gan (Garden)
Tuesday, 3:15 – 5:00 pm
Shira Ackerman Simchovitch, Director of Early Childhood, TALI Education Fund, Sheva Faculty
This session will help JCC Jewish educators collaborate effectively with early childhood educators, students, and families.
Making Time: History and Memory
Wednesday, 10:15 – 12:00 pm
David Ackerman, Senior Vice President | Director, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Jewish Education
This session explores the relationship between past, present, and future, exposing how Jews create and relate to time.