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Dear <<First Name>>,

Constantly opening our doors and closing them again is not easy. Both require the creation of intentional and meaningful educational experiences which marks these moments in a careful ways. To help you and your learners mark this time, we created a powerful educational resource for you – a new Value Spark, “Limtzo Manoach - Finding Peace: A Values Exploration,” a digital resource that includes exercises for individual and communal learning and reflection.

In this month’s newsletter, we are thrilled to introduce participants of two new M² Fellowships, and invite you to learn about the dozens of fellows who joined our community in 2021

We also invite you to nominate yourself to the M² Educator Community Fund graduate committee, which allocates need-based financial aid for Jewish educators to participate in M² professional development programs; to read about our open positions; explore a Jewish Peoplehood workshop we ran in Jerusalem; and more.

Wishing you a happy, healthy 2022! 

Shuki Taylor 
M² CEO

M² FELLOWS OF 2021

We are thrilled to introduce you to the dozens of fellows who joined our community in 2021. Over the past year, we welcomed the 18x18 Executive Fellows, the fifth Senior Educators Cohort (SEC 5), as well as two new Research Fellowships. 

Meet the M² Fellows, 2021 >

MEET OUR NEW RESEARCH FELLOWS

We are thrilled to introduce the fellows of our two new research fellowships: the Pedagogies of Wellbeing and Jewish Pedagogies Research Fellowships.

Each fellowship includes ten fellows who were carefully selected to explore, design, test, and produce new pedagogies alongside peers and mentors. We look forward to sharing the products of their work in late 2022, and we wish them a meaningful journey ahead!  

Meet the fellows >

Semiotics in Peoplehood Education: Signs of Peoplehood Workshop
M² presents at the Jewish Peoplehood Education Conference

What does a Challah symbolize? Is a Passover seder in Beit Habad a symbol of Jewish peoplehood? How can an educator symbolize Jewish peoplehood to their learners? 

At the recent Jewish Peoplehood Education Conference in Jerusalem by Ami - National Directorate for Israel and Diaspora Relations, M² Vice President of Strategy and Partnerships Clare Goldwater ran a fascinating workshop about the signs of Jewish peoplehood. The workshop was inspired by “Signifying Meanings: What Semiotics Can Teach Us About Peoplehood and Peoplehood Education,” an essay by Clare Goldwater and Shuki Taylor, which was distributed at the conference as part of a beautiful publication.

Read their article here (page 62) >

THREE DAYS LEFT TO APPLY FOR SENIOR EDUCATORS COHORT IN ISRAEL

Do you know a leading Israeli educator? Nominate them for the Senior Educators Cohort (SEC) in Israel!

M²’s flagship 10-month professional development program offers educators a holistic approach to experiential Jewish education, featuring cutting-edge educational theory, creative resources and opportunities for self-development, and peer-to-peer collaboration in an immersive cohort environment. 

Learn more and apply by January 6, 2022 >

Nominate a friend or a colleague - English > Hebrew >

ANNOUNCING THE M² EDUCATOR COMMUNITY FUND

By educators and for educators, and with a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the M² Educator Community Fund will provide Jewish educators with need-based financial aid to participate in M² professional development programs. And thanks to a generous matching grant from an anonymous funder, your gift will be matched.

Donate now >

Nominate yourself for the M² Educator Community Fund's graduate committee >

JOIN OUR TEAM!

M² is growing and recruiting outstanding talent for a Director of Finance and Administration (Israel). Are you or someone you know perfect for this position?

Learn more and apply here >

AN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE FOR THE NEW YEAR

What do we hold on to and what do we discard in the face of imminent change? What helps us stay grounded during tumultuous moments? What signposts indicate when it is time to emerge from a difficult experience?

In the aftermath of the flood, the dove struggled to find a resting place. Over the course of the past two years, we’ve been looking for something similar – a place to rest our feet and find comfort amidst turmoil.

With excitement and fear, joy and anticipation and delight and disappointment, many of are constantly considering when it is time for us and our learners to emerge from our teiva – our Ark, at least for a moment. 

In ‘Limtzo Manoach - Finding Peace: A Values Exploration, M²’s interactive, multimedia resource, we invite you and your learners to explore the many facets of reentry and grounding, reflect on the past year, emerge from difficult times, and grow amid change. 

Explore our Manoach Resource > 

Contemporary arts and Jewish education: From theory to practice 

“While we do not know what the future canon of Jewish culture will look like, we do know that such a canon will be the result of deep, revelatory craving for self-knowledge.” In a recent feature in eJewish Philanthropy, Jake Marmer, Educational and Programming Director for The Bronfman Fellowship and graduate of the M² Jewish Pedagogies Research Fellowship, shares practical suggestions for integrating arts programming into a Jewish educational space.

Read Jake’s article >

 

Jews and ‘The Real America:’ How Jewish life transcends migration patterns

“How can we continue to serve ever-shifting, transient populations? How do we nurture Jewish communities that gather maybe not weekly or monthly, but a few times a year?” In eJewish Philanthropy, Margalit C. Rosenthal, West Coast Regional Director for Foundation for Jewish Camp and M² fellow, addresses these questions, while sharing her own family’s powerful story.

Read Margalit’s article here >

 

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