Learning and Training Opportunities

Arachim Helsinki Mission 2018

Finland, 7-10 October 2018

Understanding the Finnish Model for Lay leaders and School and Kindergarten Principals. In collaboration with the local Jewish Community of Helsinki, a second special Mission will visit Helsinki to have the chance of seeing first hand some of the most innovative and modern models in Education, and have the chance of talking with some of the people leading this field. Finland consistently comes out near the top of international of education system, and many countries had also previously singled out Finland as a country the rest would do well to emulate when it comes to education. For years, it has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.

Through the Special Mission, unique in its kind, a special group of Educators and Lay-leaders dealing with Jewish education today will be able to take a closer look at Finnish schools revealing an education system built on new and innovative principles. This will give the possibility to the Mission Participants to learn what is being done locally and to identify and replicate the secret of its successes in their own schools/communities.

Deadline to apply 15 September.

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Europe 2025 - New challenges for European Jewry- Third summit of European Jewish Leadership

Prague, November 18-20 2018

The Third Summit of European Jewish Leadership Europe 2025 – New challenges for European Jewry, will be taking place in Prague November 18-19 2018.

The meeting will focus on discussing the emerging challenges and opportunities for European Jewry in the upcoming years and the subsequent need for responsiveness in creative and constructive ways.

Registration will open soon.

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Sefaria Training Course for Educators

The Sefaria Educator Course is a fully subsidized professional learning program designed to support educators using Sefaria in Jewish studies classrooms across the country. This course will empower you to reimagine pedagogy in light of digital technology. Using the content in our asynchronous online training center and your own teaching experience, you can build your skills on Sefaria and directly apply your knowledge and training to your work with students.

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EUJS Summer U

26 August – 2 September, Bulgaria

Every year, Summer U hosts a wide range of activities for young Jewish students and professionals (18-30 years old) from all over Europe and beyond. This year all their energy has been focused on making this event a place of celebration of positive European Jewish identity, celebrating diversity at all time: during the workshops, the legendary parties, while networking, in the pool or challenging others at sports. This Summer is all about U. They are introducing a new concept, where you have the opportunity to bring what you want to see in Summer U. This year’s new concept is the creation of clubs.

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BINA Beit Midrash TLV

Interested in doing Jewish learning in Tel Aviv? BINA’s Secular Yeshiva presents: Beit Midrash TLV!

Beit Midrash TLV is an intensive 4 month programme in Tel Aviv that offers Jewish learning in English in an egalitarian and pluralistic environment. The programme courses include Talmud, Tanach, Jewish philosophy, and Israeli studies from a secular perspective, as well as a Hebrew Ulpan and social action volunteering.

European Jewish community professionals and educators who are interested in this program and are committed to returning to Jewish professional life in Europe afterwards may be able to apply for a Yesod Jewish Learning Scholarship. For more information, contact Zoe Jick at

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Conservative Yeshiva is a diverse, egalitarian, and engaged learning community in the heart of Jerusalem where you can ask questions, explore and grow, and gain skills for a lifetime.

Conservative Yeshiva students study Bible, Talmud, Mishna, Hebrew, Jewish Philosophy and other classical Jewish texts in the original and in depth, but at a level and pace appropriate to the learner. Engagement with modern scholarship, ethics, and social movements is encouraged – and students are expected to bring their “whole selves” to the learning. Immersive semester and year programs are offered, as well as summer schools with some options in French or Spanish.

The student body and faculty feature a wide range of Jewish backgrounds (Reform to Modern Orthodox), nationalities (North America, South America, Africa, Australia, and Europe), and ideologies, though all are fundamentally committed to building a single yeshiva community that is inclusive, egalitarian, and promotes social justice.

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Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg- Centre for Jewish Studies in Germany

Supported by the Central Council of Jews in Germany, the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg (HfjS) is an accredited institution of higher learning that delves into a broad range of research topics within the field of Jewish Studies. With its 10 resident professors working in close cooperation with the University of Heidelberg, the HfJS is a point of dynamic scholarly discussion that incorporates all facets of Jewish religion, history, cultures and societies. While the proximity to the historical heritage of Ashkenaz provides decisive impetus for both academic and religious work at the HfJS, its interest invariably extends beyond to all areas of geography and chronology as to consider Jewish cultures at large.

Open to all students and scholars, regardless of their religious affiliation, the HfjS offers B.A., M.A. and doctoral degree programs in Jewish Studies, as well as strong language training at all levels.

One such master’s program at the HfjS, the pan-European M.A. in Jewish Civilisations, was designed in cooperation with Paideia—The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden based on a shared vision of furthering excellence and mastery of Jewish sources in Europe, enhancing the knowledge base in Europe for research in Jewish Studies and contributing towards a European Jewish culture that is a dynamic, open and inclusive learning community.

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JDC-Yesod Fellowship

The JDC-Yesod Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for one emerging young European leader to spend a year in a Jewish community, working to develop innovative community programs and outreach and gain first-hand experience specifically in the Jewish professional space.

The fellow will be part of the JDC Entwine Global Jewish Service Corps (JSC). JSC is a year-long opportunity for Jewish young professionals to work in another country with JDC, the world’s leading Jewish humanitarian organization. Responding to international Jewish and humanitarian needs, JSC fellows facilitate and create innovative programs in a variety of settings using their unique skills and talents. The fellow will receive a stipend for living expenses.

As a future Jewish leader and professional, the JDC-Yesod Fellow will be mentored by a leading professional from Yesod, an initiative to support young Jewish adults in Europe with the networks, knowledge, and skills to help them create vibrant and meaningful Jewish life in their communities and across Europe. Applicants must be over 21.

More information about the 2018/19 JDC Yesod Fellowship will be available and applications open in late 2017

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Cross-communal and multi-generational grassroots Jewish learning festivals that take place all over Europe and around the world. Limmud provides a platform to engage with different Jews, many opinions, and a large choice of Jewish learning topics in a range of different styles.

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Part-time BA and MA in Jewish Education online

LSJS will be offering its successful part-time BA and MA in Jewish Education via an online option. The BA is perfect for those seeking to study for a degree in education early in your career. The MA is ideal for educators, from a range of backgrounds, who are seeking to explore advanced studies in education.
The final degree is awarded by Middlesex University.
For further details, contact Jane Clist (Academic and Teacher Training Administrator) by phone (+44 208 203 6427) or email ( Alternatively, please check the LSJS website.

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The Pardes European Leadership Fellowship is a year program open to European Jewish students and leaders (ages 20-35) who are passionate about building community and eager to enrich their personal and professional identities through the in-depth study of classic Jewish texts and core Jewish ideas. The program is based in Jerusalem.

The Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies also offers a Pardes Experiential Educators Program 1 year certificate in Jewish education in parallel to the Pardes European Leadership Fellowship, as well as different shorter summer school options.

Pardes is an open, co-educational and non-denominational Jewish learning community, based in Jerusalem and with programs worldwide. Students encounter and grapple with classic texts and traditions of Judaism, while exploring their relevance to today’s most pressing issues. Pardes empowers students with the knowledge and tools to take ownership of their Jewish experience.

Diversity is at the core of Pardes and students represent a broad spectrum of the Jewish world. The result is a vibrant community constantly engaged in honest, dynamic and constructive debate leading to serious personal reflection and growth.

While the vast majority of Pardes teachers live their lives in accordance with halakha (Jewish law), they differ from one another in their philosophical, spiritual and practical approaches to Judaism and affiliate with a range of communities.

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Project Zug

An online platform for chevruta (paired) learning, on a wide range of topics. Project Zug offers a platform in which a pair of students (usually from different countries and paired by Project Zug) study texts that are curated and presented by high-level teachers.

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Yesod Jewish Learning Scholarships

Are you working professionally in a Jewish community or organisation in Europe or as a Jewish educator? Do you want to expand your Jewish fluency (Jewish knowledge, understanding and how to apply it in your work) to deepen and broaden the impact of your work? If you are interested in a semester or year-long Jewish study program and need financial support to take part, contact us on to discuss a possible Jewish Learning Scholarship.

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