For Educators Research Fellowships 18X18 Research Fellowship

Deepening goals. Expanding possibilities.

18X18 Research Fellowship

A fellowship for executives at prominent Jewish organizations to stimulate change, foster collaboration, and create a collective vision and framework for Jewish education.

Bringing the 18x18 Educational Framework to life, this fellowship convenes executives overseeing educational strategy, policy, and programming to expand the possibilities of Jewish education by stimulating creativity, fostering collaboration, and cultivating a shared vision.

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The FELLOWSHIP journey

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Phase 1: Framework and Possibilities
Explore the 18x18 Framework and its potential
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Phase 2: Exploration of Goals
Identify and envision goals for organizational change
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Phase 3: Road Maps And Strategies
Build a feasible implementation plan
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Phase 4: First Stage Execution
Experiment with “small wins” to demonstrate new opportunities
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Phase 5: Fostering Independence
Scale up efforts for change and analyze impact

Meet the fellows

Ruben
Arquilevich
Vice President for Camps, NFTY, and Immersives
URJ
18x18 Executive Fellowship
Cohort 1
Yael
Bendat-Appel
VP, Jewish Education and Engagement
UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
18x18 Executive Fellowship
Cohort 1
Brandon
Bernstein
Senior Jewish Educator
Moishe House
18x18 Executive Fellowship
Cohort 1
Tova
Birnbaum
Director of Jewish Content
JCC Palo Alto
18x18 Executive Fellowship
Cohort 1
Debbi
Cooper
Senior Director of the Center for Values in Action
18x18 Executive Fellowship
Cohort 1
Jessy
Dressin
Director of Education
Repair the World
18x18 Executive Fellowship
Cohort 1
Shelley
Kedar
Director, Connect Unit
JAFI
18x18 Executive Fellowship
Cohort 1
Sarah-Kay
Lacks
Senior Director of Institutional Programs
JCC Manhattan
18x18 Executive Fellowship
Cohort 1
The fellows in my cohort are extraordinarily thoughtful, creative, brave, and courageous… If you have the opportunity to experience M², take it! Walk into it open-minded and willing to embrace change. it is a transformative process.”
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Tova Birnbaum
Director of Jewish Content, Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto
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.”
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Liron Lipinsky
Vice President, Enrichment Strategy, BBYO
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
Rabbi Jessy Dressin
Senior Director of Jewish Education, Repair the World

Facilitators, Mentors, and Advisory Committee

Our experienced and innovative facilitators, mentors, and advisory committee will support, challenge, and guide you on your fellowship journey.
Kelly
Cohen
Advisory Committee
Idana
Goldberg
Advisory Committee
Clare
Goldwater
Chief Strategy Officer, M²
Dr. Miriam
Heller Stern
Advisory Committee
Benjamin M.
Jacobs
Advisory Committee
Doron
Kenter
Advisory Committee
Director of North American Grantmaking, Maimonides Fund
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18X18 is developed with support and partnership from the Maimonides Fund