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18X18: An M² Summit 2023

During this three-day gathering, 100+ Jewish educators explored innovative educational pursuits and developed dynamic, goal-oriented plans for themselves and their organizations using the 18×18 Educational Dimensions for Jewish Life.

Location

HILTON PEARL RIVER, NY

Audience

100 Leading Educators

Date

JUNE 13-15, 2023

As Jewish educators, we often find ourselves in “go mode,” constantly executing without the opportunity to truly assess, deepen, or broaden the Jewish educational goals we seek to accomplish. Setting goals in Jewish education has the potential to guide learners towards clearer outcomes – pushing the needle beyond “meeting learners where they are” to enrich Jewish life in unprecedented ways.

Summit highlights

What might emerge when creative educators are given the time, space, and tools to explore new possibilities in Jewish education?
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

Stay tuned for the full schedule

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 if we took this framework seriously? Where are we, as a field, oversaturated and where might we choose to experiment with new ideas ? In this opening session, we’ll interact with the 18×18 framework 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.

Featured Presenters

Nissimmi-Naim-Naor
Nissimmi
Naim Naor
Chef

Nissimmi is a chef and Jewish educator who uses food to explore the deep connections between culture, identity, and tradition.

Join Nissimmi for:
A deep dive into Purim menus from around the world – and tips for the perfect “Haman’s fingers”, and an investigation into olive oil as a symbol, an ingredient, and an educational tool

Schechter_Basya-
Basya
Schechter
Musician, Composer, Hazzan

Basya is an award-winning musician, composer, and ALEPH-ordained hazzan whose genre-bending sound merges continents, key signatures, and languages.

Basya’s 18x18 sessions include a musical exploration of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s writings on everyday awe and wonder, and a crash course in Torah cantillation, tradition, and movement for those who’ve always wanted to be invited to the bimah.

presenters, faculty, and staff

Yehuda
Webster
Program Director and Faculty, Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project
Shuki
Taylor
Faculty, M²
SHLOMIT
NAIM NAOR
Faculty, M²
Samuel
Torjman Thomas
Bandleader, multi-instrumentalist (oud/vocals/winds); Professor of Ethnomusicology & Sephardic Studies; Director of Musical Arts
Richard
Saudek
Performing Artist, Clown
Rabbi Lisa
Goldstein
Rabbi
Rabba Yaffa
Epstein
Senior Scholar & Educator in Residence, The Jewish Education Project
OSHRAT SLAMA
GROZMAN
Staff, M²
NO'A
GORLIN
Faculty, M²
Nissimmi
Naim Naor
Chef
Mollie
Andron
Faculty, M²
Laynie
Soloman
Associate Rosh Yeshiva, SVARA
JULIE
MASCHLER
Staff, M²
Elyssa
Moss Rabinowitz
Executive Director, Kol HaOt; M² faculty member and graduate of SEC 3
Elan
Margulies
Director, Pushing the Envelope Farm
Clare
Goldwater
Faculty, M²
Benjamin M.
Jacobs
Associate Research Professor, Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership, The George Washington University
Basya
Schechter
Musician, Composer, Hazzan
Alyssa
Tornese
Staff, M²

SUMMIT PARTICIPANTS

Jethro
Berkman
Program Officer in Jewish Education
Mandel Institute for Nonprofit Leadership
Massachusetts
United States
Meredith
Levick
Director of Strategic Development
IYUN, a project of the Office of Innovation
New York
United States
Shoshana
Gugenheim Kedem
Founding Artist and Co-Director
The Greensboro Contemporary Jewish Museum
Oregon
United States
Dena
Klein
Senior Managing Director, National Strategy and Innovation
The Jewish Education Project
New York
United States
Judy
Snowbell Diamond
Director of Curriculum Development
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Israel
Beckee
Birger
Fellowship Director
Moving Traditions
Illinois
United States
Lauren
Tuchman
Lauren Tuchman
Maryland
United States
Maxim
Delchev
Director of Jewish Education
Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria "Shalom"
Bulgaria

* Please note: Cancelations made after May 1, 2023, are not refundable.

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

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