Community Cohorts

Transformative Cohort Experiences

Equipping educators with academic, innovative, and applicable approaches to values exploration, experiential design and identity development.

Cleveland Educators Cohort

A unique 18-month journey that invites Jewish educators from across Cleveland to invest in their passion, build community, and intensify their impact.

Atlanta Educators Cohort

A unique 18-month journey that invites Jewish educators from across Atlanta to invest in their passion, build community, and intensify their impact.

PAST Initiatives

Montreal: Passport to Jewish Life Fellowship

The Passport to Jewish Life Fellowship is a unique 18 month professional development initiative designed to provide experiential educators and leaders in the Montreal Jewish community with the knowledge, skills and tools to enhance their own work in the field of experiential Jewish education and build new opportunities for cross-community collaboration.

Chicago Educators Cohort

An 18-month fellowship designed to equip Chicago-based leading educators with cutting edge educational approaches and opportunities for collaboration, innovation, and mentorship.

“M² is the destination for soulful, intellectual, and personal advancement… Through its rigor, ingenuity, and innovative training, M² has lifted the role of Jewish educators. If you’re looking for a community of practice and training in experiential education, M² will be catalytic to your personal and professional growth.”
Andy Kastner
Relational Engagement Circle 1 (2018-2019)
“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 (2021-2022)
“M² created a program that was high-level, methodical, relevant, and that pushed us forward… I had to articulate my goals and my path as a Jewish educator– and it changed my entire trajectory.”
Liron Lipinsky
Senior Educators Cohort 2 (2017-2018) & 18x18 (2021-2022)
“M² provided my team with a beautiful balance of theory and practice… They do an excellent job of balancing different modalities of learning, including interactive learning, chevruta learning, and time for reflection. The learning is serious and sophisticated – and worthy of educators’ time.”
Jason Leivenberg
Power in 2020 (2020)
“I appreciated the rich opportunity to be with wise Jewish educators from all over North America, and to be taught by educators who used many media and modes to teach us. I feel like everyone from teachers, staff to participants, went the ‘extra mile’ to be engaged, to work hard, to be conscientious and diligent.”
Selly Barnathan
Shelly Barnathan
Relational Engagement Circle 2
“From the teachers to the design of the workshops, from the cohort to the flow of the seminars, each flowed into each other with ease and intentionality. I've gained new understandings, values, and the skills to apply them in a playful way.”
Chanie Chein
Relational Engagement Circle 2
“Thank you to M² for allowing me to be present in an environment that is not my norm. The activities for exploring values were top-notch and I am excited to utilize some of the activities with my staff and to think about how to use them with our participants as well.”
Julie Brodsky
Senior Educators Cohort 4
“M² helped me unearth a process that demands an in-depth exploration and articulation of values. This process that I am still learning is now integrated into my professional and personal practice. It is beyond impactful. In addition, I now have a sense of my vision for the Jewish world. What a gift.”
Rabbi Tova Leibovic-Douglas
Senior Educators Cohort 4
“I feel that I identify more strongly than ever before as a Jewish educator, and certainly have a language and tools to apply therein.”
Noach Pawliger
Senior Educators Cohort 4

Meet our Fellows

Director of Jewish Studies
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School
Chicago Educators Cohort
Zinman Gerber
National Campaign Organizer
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
Chicago Educators Cohort
Chicago Education & Training Manager
Chicago Educators Cohort
Ed.d Candidate
The Davidson School of Education, JTS
Chicago Educators Cohort
Senior Program Associate, JUF Young Families
Chicago Educators Cohort
Associate Director Congregational Innovation and Education
Union for Reform Judaism
Chicago Educators Cohort
Program Director of Teen Volunteering and Philanthropy
Jewish United Fund
Chicago Educators Cohort
Base Rabbi @ Base Logan Square
Metro Chicago Hillel/Base
Chicago Educators Cohort

Educational Resources

The 18x18 resource kit

What should a Jewish person know, do, and care about – and how can educators guide them? Develop dynamic, goal-oriented plans for your organization with this tactile kit, which includes: 18 poker chips for engaging with the 18×18 Dimensions; 8 dice featuring 46 verbs to explore and activate possible goals; and 18 cards with 54...

Personal Learning Cycle

18×18 Posters

Inspiration Bookmarks

Imagineering Box

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