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Jewish Pedagogies of Wellbeing Research Fellowship

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

Join a group of master practitioners to develop pedagogies and educational resources rooted in Jewish tradition that address today’s burning challenges around health and wellbeing.

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The FELLOWSHIP journey

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Explore Pedagogies
Research, develop, and field-test a pedagogy that is rooted in Jewish tradition and relevant today.
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Develop New Educational Practices
Articulate an educational worldview and practice to share with other educators.
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Learn in a supportive community
Become part of a community that challenges you, supports you, and that turns learning into love.
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Make a Difference
Write a thought paper about your pedagogy to share with the field and influence how Jewish educators teach.

Program Schedule

[1]
Day of Learning
Introduction & Orientation
Meet other fellows, understand the fellowship arc, and start exploring Jewish approaches to wellbeing

January 29, 2023 | 11:00am-3:00pm ET

[2]
Chabura Meetings
Articulate Worldviews
Discuss and articulate the needs, values and vision that guide your educational worldview

February 8 & 22; March 1, 2023| 12:00-2:00pm ET

[3]
Day of Learning
Dive into Research
Learn from the expertise of your faculty and begin the process of research that will turn your worldview into a pedagogy

March 19, 2023 | 11:00am-3:00pm ET

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Chabura Meetings
Present Research Results and Pedagogy
Share what you have learned from your research and how your pedagogy is an expression of your worldview

March 29; April 19; May 3 & 17, 2023 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm ET

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Day of Learning
Move into Practice
Learn from inspiring leaders in the field and begin to hone in on a practice that is part of your pedagogy

May 21, 2023 | 11:00am -3:00pm ET

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Chabura Meetings
REFINE YOUR PRACTICE
Sharpen and experiment with a core practice that is part of your pedagogy

June 7 & 21, 2023 | 11:30-2:00pm ET

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Field Testing
Field-test your pedagogy
Put your practice to the test in a live educational experience

Summer 2023

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Day of Learning
POLISH YOUR PEDAGOGY
Reconnect with the group and share your Torah with one another

September 6, 2023 | 11:00am-2:00pm ET

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Chabura Meetings
Revisions & Implications
Share the results of your field testing and thoughts about the implications for the field

September 27; October 11 & 25; November 8 | 12pm -2:00pm ET

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Siyyum
CLOSING
A closing celebration of our cohort and learnings over the fellowship period

November 29, 2023

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Virtual Symposium
SHARE WITH THE WORLD
Share your pedagogy with the educational community

Meet the fellows

Faith
Leener
Founder, Chief Innovation Officer
Base, Pardes Institute
Pedagogies of Wellbeing Research Fellowship
Wellbeing Cohort 1
Andrea
Lieber
Professor or Religion
Dickinson College
Pedagogies of Wellbeing Research Fellowship
Wellbeing Cohort 1
Rabbi Daniel
Brenner
Chief of Education
Moving Traditions
Pedagogies of Wellbeing Research Fellowship
Wellbeing Cohort 1
Michelle
Dardashti
Senior Rabbi
Kane Street Synagogue in Brooklyn
Pedagogies of Wellbeing Research Fellowship
Wellbeing Cohort 1
Kimberly
Dueñas
Community Manager and Founding Member
Jewtina y Co.
Pedagogies of Wellbeing Research Fellowship
Wellbeing Cohort 1
Rabbi Dr. Meesh Hammer
Kossoy
Director, Year Program
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies
Pedagogies of Wellbeing Research Fellowship
Wellbeing Cohort 1
Rabbi Yechiel
Hoffman
Independent
Independent
Pedagogies of Wellbeing Research Fellowship
Wellbeing Cohort 1
Rabbi Neil
Janes
Rabbi, Teacher, Lecturer
SBJC (South Bucks Jewish Community), Clore Shalom School, Leo Baeck College
Pedagogies of Wellbeing Research Fellowship
Wellbeing Cohort 1
“If you have an educational vision that is stirring within you that you are eager to express, and you are looking for a cohort of fellow educators who are creative and reflective and can help you bring that vision to fruition, M² is for you. The fellowship is a community of educators who will push you to develop your best work.”
Dasee-Berkowitz
Dasee Berkowitz
Jewish Pedagogies Research Fellowship, Cohort 2
Independent Facilitator, Educational Consultant, Author
“Because M² recognizes that the best pedagogies include the interpersonal, this experience helps educators grow closer and create a more caring Jewish community. You'll meet amazing people. You'll ask challenging questions together. You'll get wonderful feedback on your approach to education."
Daniel-Brenner
Rabbi Daniel Brenner
Pedagogies of Wellbeing Research Fellowship, Cohort 1
Chief of Education, Moving Traditions
“M² encourages depth of thought. You sit with an idea and mull it over and let it evolve. If you're willing to take a jump into the unknown, it’s definitely worth investing your time. There are endless resources, support, and opportunities for forging connections with M² faculty.”
Faith-Leener
Faith Leener
Pedagogies of Wellbeing Research Fellowship, Cohort 1
Founder & Executive Director, Base

Facilitators

Our experienced and innovative facilitators will support, challenge, and guide you on your fellowship journey.
Rabbi Lisa
Goldstein
Lead Faculty
Eli
Kaplan Wildmann
Creative director and designer
Stephen
Markowitz
Adjunct Faculty

Eligibility

To request more information for the upcoming program, please submit your email address below. We’ll be in touch shortly.

Fellows will receive $3,000 over the course of the fellowship. Fellows will receive $500 after submitting a research plan; $1,000 after the first draft of their paper and $1,500 after the final draft of the paper.
Work has an explicit connection to learners’ wellbeing.
Minimum of 12 years of experience in Jewish education or experiential Jewish education
Students, space, and setting in which to experiment with your pedagogy and practice
Proven track record as an excellent Jewish educator across multiple settings
Experience in and passion for research and inquiry
Ability to articulate diverse viewpoints about education and other disciplines’ impact on education
Excellent written and oratory skills
Ability to express how education at large, and Jewish education in particular, can or should meet the challenges of wellbeing today.

FAQ

The application for the 2023 fellowship is November 6, 2022.

In order to maximize the gain from the program and from the combined wisdom in the room, we expect fellows to fully participate in all aspects of the program; however, you can miss up to two sessions for an unexpected circumstance.

We believe in creating ideologically pluralistic spaces. The cohort will include participants of all backgrounds.

By the end of the fellowship, fellows will produce one 6-8 page research paper (3000-4000 words) on their pedagogy. This thought piece is a written document that outlines the proposed pedagogy with background information, the specific worldview of the pedagogy, the developed practice/s that turns it into an expression, and notes that document the practice in action. These pieces will be compiled into a publication alongside the resource that will be shared with educators across the field of Jewish education.

After the completion of the Pedagogies of Wellbeing Research Fellowship, fellows will share their work with the larger Jewish educational field during an online symposium that they will help develop.

This program is open to Jewish Educators across the globe, who are able to meet midday ET.

Apply here. Please expect to invest at least two hours to complete the application. You are welcome to work on the essay questions in advance, which can be found here.

The fellowship is designed for you to take time to reflect on yourself as an educator. You will also be working with the faculty members, who are immersed in the world of pedagogy and can help you become even more articulate about educational practices and pedagogies.

Fellows will receive $3,000 over the course of the fellowship. Fellows will receive $500 after submitting a research plan; $1,000 after the first draft of their paper and $1,500 after the final draft of the paper.

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M²’s Research Fellowships are run with support from the Covenant Foundation and the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah.

Jewish Pedagogies of Wellbeing Research Fellowship

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