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18X18: An M² Summit 2024

Designed around the 18×18 Educational Dimensions for Jewish Life, this three-day summit will gather Jewish educators from around the world to collectively and individually explore our Jewish educational visions and unpack current and potential pathways for getting there.

Location

HILTON PEARL RIVER, NY

Audience

100 Leading Educators

Date

JUNE 24-26, 2024

Registration Fee

$300

The past several years have transformed our educational landscape. Priorities in Jewish life have changed for some, big questions have surfaced for others, and the call to educate rings stronger than ever.

The 18×18 Summit is an invitation for educators to join a creative and passionate community – and together to explore, deepen, expand how Jewish education meet this moment while shaping bold, new horizons.

 

SUMMIT HIGHLIGHTS

Unpack the Possibilities
UNPACK THE POSSIBILITIES
for deepening and expanding your Jewish educational goals
Collaborate with Experts
COLLABORATE WITH EXPERTS
in the field of experiential Jewish education
Map and Assess
MAP AND ASSESS
the educational goals you and your organization are currently working toward
Consider New Directions
CONSIDER NEW DIRECTIONS
for higher-impact lessons, programs, and expressions of Jewish life
Identify Educational Goals
IDENTIFY EDUCATIONAL GOALS
to help you and your learners find meaning and relevance amid today’s challenges
Experience What's Possible
EXPERIENCE WHAT’S POSSIBLE
when your new goals come to life for your learners

M² 18x18 Summit Schedule 2024

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18X18 EDUCATIONAL DIMENSIONS FOR JEWISH LIFE

M² 18x18 Summit Schedule 2024

11:00am

Registration & Lunch

1:00pm

Getting Acquainted: Playing with 18×18

Welcome! Warm up to the group, the framework and the experience!

2:30pm

Break

3:00pm

Educational Dimensions for Jewish Life: The 18×18 Framework and Possibilities

What are we educating towards? What does it look like to take this educational framework seriously and to consider, in this current reality, what our learners want and need? In this opening session, we will consider these questions by interacting with the 18 dimensions and set the tone for the 18×18 Summit.

5:00pm

Hotel check in & Break

6:00pm

Communal Dinner: A Palace in Thyme

Nothing creates community more than gathering around a table with flowing food and conversation. Let’s eat, learn and sing the night away.

8:30pm

Evening Workshops

The sun may have set but we’re just warming up! Choose from a variety of sessions that dig into the power of darkness that carry us to familiar and unfamiliar places.

7:00am

Breakfast

8:00am

Early Risers

Ease into the day with gentle workshops inspired by the dimensions that will stretch your mind, body and soul.

8:45am

A Blessings Collective

Let’s tap into the ancient and renewed ritual of responding collectively to 100 blessings.

9:30am

Deep Dives

Dig deep into one of six specific dimensions of the 18×18 framework in greater depth. The first two hours will be a deep exploration of content and the last hour will introduce a protocol for incorporating this dimension in your own setting.

1:00pm

Communal Lunch

2:00pm

Revisiting the 18×18: Aligning Dimensions and Verbs

Let’s expand into even more educational possibilities by working with educators in the same setting to align new verbs with dimensions you care about.

4:00pm

Break

4:30pm

Chugim

To explore the range of possibilities, you are encouraged to engage with additional dimensions that go beyond your deep-dive selection.

5:45pm

Break

6:30pm

Communal Dinner

8:00pm

To BE in Longing

What do we long for? Individually, communally- and where are we in this present moment? Through words, music and movement, we will come together for an evening of exploration.

7:30am

Breakfast

Breakfast is available from 7:30am to 9:00am. Feel free to grab something before or after your Early Risers.

8:30am

Early Risers

Try out another gentle workshop inspired by the dimensions to ease into the day to stretch your mind, body and soul.

9:30am

Deep Dives

This is your chance to select another Deep Dive that brings to life other specific dimensions of the 18×18 framework in greater depth. Similar to Tuesday, the first two hours will be an experiential exploration of content and the last hour will introduce a protocol for incorporating this dimension in your own setting. 

12:30pm

Lunch

1:15pm

Reconnecting to our Purpose

As the Summit comes to a close, choose what you need  from a buffet of short workshops that will help you best bring this framework home. Content includes tips for using the application protocols, additional learning opportunities, and prompts for meaning making, among others.

3:00pm

Closing Circle

Let’s gather around for one last time to hear some words of inspiration from participants and faculty and to ritualize this moment of departure.

Featured Presenters

Jonathan-Leener
Rabbi Jonathan
Leener
Prospect Heights Shul’s

will pull from biblical texts and modern psychology to investigate Israel’s prominent place in the Jewish psyche.

Shlomit-Naim-Naor
SHLOMIT
NAIM NAOR
Educator, published poet, and M² Israel Program Director

will illuminate Israelis’ artistic response to October 7, and help us unleash our own creative spirits.

PRESENTERS, FACULTY, AND STAFF

Shuki
Taylor
Faculty, M²
SHLOMIT
NAIM NAOR
Faculty, M²
Rabbi Jonathan
Leener
Head Rabbi, Prospect Heights Shul
Rabba Yaffa
Epstein
Senior Scholar & Educator in Residence, The Jewish Education Project
NO'A
GORLIN
Faculty, M²
Nissimmi
Naim Naor
Chef
Mollie
Andron
Faculty, M²
Miriam Simma
Walfish
Faculty at Hadar and a Senior Coach for Pedagogy of Partnership
Michal
Fox Smart
Transformational Faculty and Leadership Consultant at Mobius Executive Leadership
Laynie
Soloman
Associate Rosh Yeshiva, SVARA
Emilia
Diamant
Chief Program Officer at Avodah
Elyssa
Moss Rabinowitz
Executive Director, Kol HaOt; M² faculty member and graduate of SEC 3
Dr. Yakir
Englander
Senior Director of Leadership at Israel American Council (IAC)
Dr. Galeet
Dardashti
Anthropologist, musician/composer, and culture creator
Clare
Goldwater
Faculty, M²
Basya
Schechter
Musician, Composer, Hazzan
Adam
Eilath
Head of School
Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School Foster City, CA

SUMMIT PARTICIPANTS

Sivan
Ben-Aderet
Senior Director, Cultural Arts & Jewish Heritage
Commonpoint Queens
New York
United States
Esti
Hecht
Director
Chabad AU & Hebrew School to You
District Of Columbia
United States
Trudy
Morse
Senior Manager of Jewish Education
Repair the World
California
United States
Deborah
Niederman
Director of Education
Temple Shalom
Texas
United States
Leah
Taylor
Manager of Outreach and Engagement
Jewish Education Center of Cleveland
Ohio
United States
Rina
Mangurten
Co-Director of Jewish Studies, Jewish Studies Teacher (Elem/MS)
Rina Mangurten
California
United States
Mali
Barak
Teacher
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
Illinois
United States
Miriam
Ehrlich
Jewish Youth Climate Movement Kvutzah (Chapter) Coordinator
Adamah
New York
United States

* Due to generous support from the Maimonides Fund, participation is heavily subsidized. A $300 registration fee covers a double occupancy room, board, and program. Please note that participants will have an opportunity to ask for a travel subsidy.

FAQ

We recommend car-pooling and ridesharing! We will send out a spreadsheet the third week in May where you can fill in your travel details and meet up with others arriving at the same airport (or train station) around the same time. The Summit is a heavily subsidized experience and we will not be able to offer additional travel reimbursements.

On site registration opens at 11:00 on Monday and our first session begins at 1:00pm. We’ll conclude by 4:00pm on Wednesday. Both Newark and Kennedy are approximately 45 minutes away (but don’t forget to account for traffic!)

Yes, space permitting! Please let us know before May 10th.

The 18×18 Summit is designed as an immersive, residential experience.
If you let us know particular needs in your application, we do our best to accommodate you. If you left that section blank, we will room you with someone of the same gender. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Andrea at 18×18@ieje.org
Yes! All roommate requests must be mutual and we need confirmation from both people by May 20th.

Yes! Your registration form included questions about allergens and we will do our best to make sure that you have a nourishing and filling experience during the Summit.

There’s no code – please dress in clothing that is comfortable for you. There will be one festive dinner that we encourage you to wear “what you would wear to a Shabbat Dinner”.

There won’t be an organized daily minyan, but there will be prayerful experiences each day. If you would like a minyan, we will have space available and invite you to self-organize.

We hope you don’t have to cancel, but if you do, your registration fee is fully refundable before May 20th.

You are invited and welcome to wear a mask during the program. We will be following local and national recommendations, and at this time masks and pre-event testing are not required.

Yes. We asked you to identify them in your application and we take them seriously and will work with you to accommodate your needs.

The 18×18 Summit is generously supported by the Maimonides Fund

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