LEAD EDUCATIONAL TRANSFORMATION & CHANGE
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.
INVEST IN YOUR PASSION
The M² Atlanta Educators Cohort is a community-wide initiative that invests in the most promising educators bringing meaningful Jewish experiences to Jews of all ages and backgrounds across the city, and equips them with the most current and innovative educational methods and tools.
EXPLORE AND EXPERIMENT
Through immersive seminars, community of practice gatherings, and personalized mentorship, the Atlanta Educators Cohort creates an intentional space for enrichment, experimentation, and collaboration – while investing in the growth of each fellow and their organization.
BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY
Fellows represent institutions across Atlanta that vary widely in religious observance and background – including camps, schools, teen and student organizations, synagogues, cultural and grassroots organizations, and more. Their greatest commonality is their deep commitment to a thriving Atlanta Jewish community.
AN 18-MONTH JOURNEY
THE POWER AND PURPOSE IN VALUES
Why are values at the core of our educational work, and how do we ensure that learners will value the experiences at hand? In this seminar, we will learn how to put values at the center and to unlock the core tensions within a value that catalyze a value exploration.
How do we create deeply resonant and engaging educational moments that empower learners to carry the impact of an experience long after it ends? In this seminar, we will surface frameworks and tools which can be used to craft an intentional arc of experience.
What is the role of the educator in facilitating the emergence of meaning from educational experiences? In this seminar, we will explore how to empower learners to make their own meaning from an experience and emerge with a stronger sense of Jewish identity.
COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
Serving as the glue between seminars, the cohort will convene for monthly community of practice gatherings, each hosted for half a day at a different fellow’s workplace. Together, fellows will reflect on the material taught in the seminars, share their experiences as they apply new approaches in their work, and discover new avenues for collaboration.
Community of Practice meetings are 3 hours and will rotate between mornings (9 am-12 pm) and afternoons (12 pm-3 pm), on the following dates:
Dec 5, 2023
Jan 9, 2024
Feb 6, 2024
May 7, 2024
Aug 20, 2024
Sep 24, 2024
Oct 21, 2024
Jan 28, 2025
Feb 25, 2025
Mar 18, 2025
*These dates are subject to change.
IF YOU WANT TO…
Be part of this cutting-edge, community-wide initiative
Strengthen the impact of your educational experiences
Create a shared language with a diverse group of professionals in your community
Make a courageous commitment to change
AND IF YOU ARE…
An educator in the Atlanta community with demonstrated impact
A professional with at least 4+ years of experience in the field of Jewish education
Excited about delving into the world of Jewish ideas and educational frameworks
In a professional and personal position to make a difference
...then you belong with us!
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Zev is a program coordinator at M². In May 2023 he will graduate NYU from the Education Studies program with a concentration in politics, policy and social entrepreneurship. Prior to his military service, Zev volunteered for a year at the Neve Amiel youth village in Israel. He also founded a youth leadership and development program for teens in Manhattan called Me’ever. Zev is a strong believer in the connection between education and the outdoors (the “Shetach”) and plans to explore that connection in the future. Zev lives in the East Village of Manhattan with his fiancé Ella.
Kelly Cohen serves as the Senior Director of Experiential Jewish Education at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Kelly has a wealth of experience as a Jewish educator working in camps, day schools, synagogues, Federations, Israel travel, and more. Most recently, Kelly served as the as the North American Director of Education for the Diller Teen Fellowship, guiding the Jewish educational vision and implementation for the global teen leadership program. She holds a BA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University, a Masters in Jewish Education from Hebrew College, and is a graduate of both the Pardes Educators Program and M2’s Senior Educator Cohort. Additionally, Kelly is also the creator of Parsha Storybook Project, an online resource for early childhood Torah literacy.
Rabbi Lisa Goldstein teaches a wide variety of online courses with an emphasis on spiritual resilience, cultivating the capacity for love and awe, meditation, and other Jewish spiritual practices. She also works one-on-one to support people in their spiritual journeys. She lives in New York City with her husband and foster son.
Stephen has dedicated the last 25 years to working with nonprofit organizations and educators worldwide. He has held senior positions in leading Jewish organizations including The Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Melton Centre for Jewish Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Torah Mitzion, The Jewish Agency and M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education. Stephen has created his own consultancy initiative based on a psychodynamic approach to personal and organizational wellbeing, under the guidance of The Institute for Leadership and Transformation (SA), affiliated with the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations (UK). A graduate of the Hebrew University (MA Education) and WITS University (South Africa), Stephen was born and raised in South Africa, lives with his wife and four children in Jerusalem and is devoted to empowering people to get the most out of their professional and personal lives.
Rabbi Ilana Schachter serves as Associate Rabbi at Temple Sinai of Roslyn. She was ordained as a rabbi by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, where she also received an MA in Hebrew Letters and received her AB With Honors in Comparative Literature and Judaic Studies from Brown University. In addition to serving as adjunct faculty for various M² programs, Ilana is a graduate of M² Senior Educators Cohort and M² Relational Engagement Circle. Ilana lives with her husband, John, and their two children, Jacob and Aviva.
Wendy Verba is the founder and principal of Belonging By Design. Previously, she was the Managing Director of Community Impact at the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Foundation. Wendy was a Wexner Heritage Fellow and an M2 Relational Engagement Cohort participant. Wendy can be reached at email@example.com.
Applications are being accepted through May 9, 2023
We take our learning seriously and therefore expect that fellows are fully present at all seminars, at all times. In order to create the most optimal learning cohort experience, we also ask that participants stay onsite. This includes staying at the provided accommodations even if we are located near your home.
The program includes regular mentorship and monthly gatherings as a community of practice. There are also assignments connected with the Ani Ma’amin Capstone Project which require a few hours a month. Full participation and compliance is required.
M² trains diverse Jewish professionals who come from all over the world and have varying approaches to Jewish life and practice. Our curriculum also reflects a plurality of Jewish voices and perspectives. If you have further questions about the program environment, please contact us.
In addition to participation in the program itself, tuition covers a double occupancy hotel room and meals during seminars and any additional seminar-related expenses. Fellows are responsible for their own ground transportation throughout the program.
We believe that experiential Jewish education is not limited to a single Jewish educational setting or personality. Program participants include professionals working in day schools, camps, community centers, youth and teen programs, synagogues, federations, college campuses, and other Jewish organizations.
All you need is an openness to learning in an inclusive and pluralistic environment.
We highly value workplace integration and place a heavy emphasis on this throughout the program including providing access to M² staff for workplace integration and application conversations. In addition, we require that your current work supervisor acknowledge your participation in the Atlanta Educators Cohort. We offer to work with you and your supervisor/organization on an individual basis to help you create a strategy for integrating the program’s teachings within your workplace.
The Atlanta Educators Cohort is facilitated by cross-disciplinary experts, M² core faculty, and mentors through educator support. See here for faculty from other M² programs (subject to change).
Tuition for the Atlanta Educators Cohort is highly subsidized at $1,500 per person.
To be eligible for the Atlanta Educators Cohort, you must be a full-time Jewish educator with 4+ years of relevant field experience.
The Atlanta Educators Cohort is a collaboration with the Marcus JCC of Atlanta (MJCCA) and generously supported by the Zalik Foundation, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, the Helen Marie Stern Fund, the Radow Family Foundation and Mark & Linda Silberman.
Please contact Kelly Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.