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M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education helps educators and organizations design compelling educational experiences that help their learners find meaning and relevance in Jewish life.

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Research Fellowships

Jewish Pedagogies of Wellbeing Research Fellowship

A paid, ten-month fellowship for educators and master practitioners to research and develop Jewish educational practices that can respond to issues of mental health and wellbeing.
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Research Fellowships

Pedagogies of Peoplehood Research Fellowship

A paid, ten-month fellowship for master educators to research and develop educational practices that enrich the field of Jewish Peoplehood education and cultivate Jewish collective consciousness.
Professional Development Programs

Senior Educators Cohort

An international 10-month program that provides outstanding educators with a holistic approach toward the theory and practice of experiential Jewish education.

Meet our Fellows

“During the fellowship’s immersive seminars, I was transported to another world where I could think deeply and connect without any distractions. It was brilliant. By incorporating the knowledge I learned from M² into my work, I have vastly transformed it.”
Nina Faynberg
Senior Educators Cohort 5
Director of Teen Services and Leadership Development, Edith and Carl Marks, Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst
“M² gave me the opportunity to be part of a lively Beit Midrash where I could think critically about pedagogy and the Jewish tradition behind it, and actualize my research. M² gave me the space to explore, experiment, connect with others, and find my own voice.”
Ari Weiss
Jewish Pedagogies Research Fellowship, Cohort 1
Executive Director, Cornell Hillel
“To work closely with the M² team has allowed me to start to develop the foundations of my organization’s Jewish educational philosophy, which we can build upon for years to come. To be able to focus on this work in a cohort of people who are doing so as well is exactly what sets M² apart.”
Jessy Dressin
18X18 Executive Fellowship
Director of Education, Repair the World
“Every time M² shares a resource, I want to check it out because I know how worthwhile it will be. M² helped me put structure and a theoretical frame around my skills and knowledge, and ignited my interest in further research. By enabling me to explore current theories M² has helped me achieve multidirectional growth.”
Mariano Schlimovich
Senior Educators Cohort 4
Executive Director, European Council of Jewish Communities (EUJC)

Services for Organizations

M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education translates your organization’s educational challenges into opportunities for innovation, transformation and excellence.

Taglit-Birthright Israel

Utilizing best practices from M² 's virtual facilitation and experiential education class, we built a structure for an online, self-guided unit that was complemented with handouts, videos, audio resources, and lots of practical tips.
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Leveraging our network of educators, we convened an international and diverse curriculum team of educators with experience in teen leadership, social justice, and Jewish texts.
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PJ Library

In order to inspire the Parent Ambassadors in Chicago and to help them build confidence, M² worked with the PJ Library staff to build and deliver a series of online workshops.
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Bringing the M² dialect to the language of Jewish experiential education

As the son of a Jewish summer camp director, Mars grew up immersed in experiential education from a young age. Because of his father’s job, Mars was able to see informal education’s “behind-the-scenes” work. While it looked like fun and games to the campers, he saw his father utilizing established educational methodologies and putting them into practice.

Over the years, Mars has found that Judaism is uniquely adapted to support informal learning with its emphasis on community.

September 29, 2022
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Announcing M² 2023 Research Fellowships

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Informal Education Doesn’t Need To Be Informal

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