Accepting Applications for January 2018 Group: Institute for Jewish Spiritual Education: Maggid-Educator Program

December 1, 2017 - 1:30pm - December 30, 2020 - 2:00pm
Location: 
Live on-line videoconference classes plus annual retreat

Institute for Jewish Spiritual Education (JSE): 
Maggid-Educator℠ Training

For principals, teachers, JCC, Hillel and camp staff, storytellers, professors, librarians, clergy, non-profit and foundation staff and freelance Jewish educators


         

This Jewish Spiritual Education (JSE) training program reclaims the traditional role of maggid as a master educator who inspires and guides the Jewish journeys of students of all ages. 

Trainees become professional sacred storytellers who educate and guide, developing a substantial repertoire of more than fifty Jewish spiritual practices (mitzvot) that are paired with sacred and contemporary stories, texts, tikkun olam approaches, and Hashpa'ah (Jewish spiritual guidance and development) practices drawn from Mussar, InterPlay(TM), meditation, and the arts.

Designed as a two-year certificate program or three-year ordination training, this program is comprised of weekly video-conference classes, annual retreat intensives, and regular face-to-face videoconference field-work supervision, storytelling coaching and mentoring with our faculty of master teachers.

JSE interweaves these six specific topics because these inspire love, transmission and retention of Jewish learning and living. Our goal is for educators to learn how to support Jews to love life, respect life and choose life.


Our goal for MAGGID is to ensure that you attain a substantial repertoire of relevant traditional and contemporary mitzvah and mussar stories, along with advancing your storytelling skills into the guidance dimension associated with maggidut.

Our goal for MITZVAH is to deepen your own practice and capacity to connect students to at least fifty of these life-affirming spiritual practices that support healthy relationships while providing a meaningful Jewish lens for living throughout each day. 

Our goal for MUSSAR is to prepare you to serve by learning the primary mindfulness practices as developed by the gentle, empowering and deep Kelm School of mussar.

Our goal for HASHPA'AH is supporting your own spiritual development through classical methods, as well as those derived from the contemplative, healing, creative and expressive practices, activism and the visual, musical and movement arts. You will also receive support in reflecting upon and fine-tuning these applications for inclusion in your life & work.

Our goal for TIKKUN OLAM is for spirituality to lead to action in ways small and large that readily fit your setting and curricular goals.  

Our goal for CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT is to help you seamlessly bring the principles, practices, methods, and materials of spiritual education into your life and work. 

                              EXAMPLE OF A MAGGID-EDUCATOR SM IN ACTION                                               

The educator turns to the students saying: "Let me tell you a story!" The way that the educator tells the story turns on a light in each soul. The mitzvah being explored is "lo tikom—to refrain from holding a grudge" and the middah (ethical attribute) is savlanut—patience."

The educator gives them InterPlay movements, sounds and gestures to express the feeling of a grudge, and then invites their personal "grudge" stories. Almost every hand goes up to share—from the youngest to the eldest. As the educator guides the soulful exploration of personal experience—burdens begin to lift. The light of Torah, mitzvah-centered lives, shines through the radiant faces and body language of all present.

Returning to the text for the mitzvah and middah, the students dive in—for now they understand from the inside! Soon a tikkun olam initiative emerges, as students are invited and guided to imagine, plan and implement ways to bring their learning experience into action.

What Our Trainees are Saying:

A new world opened. JSE is the new paradigm for training Jewish educators. You will use everything you learn. While I really didn't have the time to do thisI'm so glad I did!" 
Danielle Kassin, Director of Education, Sinai Temple Religious School, L.A.

"Maggid-Educator training complements the more traditional forms of Jewish educator training by addressing the spiritual aspects of our own — and our students’ — lives. My students respond very positively."
—Paul Solyn, Executive Director, Jewish Center and Federation of the Twin Tiers, Elmira, N.Y.

"Telling a story is one thing, but telling a story in a way that stays with students, even cynical teens, is a really magical thing. It has been an honor to learn from the master teachers of the Maggid-Educator program. Storytelling is the doorway, which together with the other six areas of concentration we are learning has transformed my teaching. 
 Chana Stein, Teacher, Jewish High School of Connecticut, Stamford, C.T.
 
"Empowers us to access and strengthen our gifts and talents; to be supported to grow professionally and personally in amazing ways."
Rhonda Lillianthal, Director, Center for Jewish Life, JCC of MetroWest, N.J.

Fees: $1450/year plus the retreat which varies in cost annually based on location. Partial scholarships are available.

Applications are now available on a rolling admissions basis for the next group, anticipated to begin January 2018. Contact Rabbi Goldie Milgram, Dean of Jewish Spiritual Education, rebgoldie@gmail.com or call 914-500-5696 (Cell).

 
MEET OUR FACULTY

Peninnah SchramPeninnah is a storyteller, teacher, author and recording artist, is also Professor of Speech and Drama at Stern College of Yeshiva University. She is author of twelve books of Jewish folktales, including The Hungry Clothes and Other Jewish Folktales, and recorded a CD, The Minstrel and the Storyteller with singer/guitarist Gerard Edery. Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning (Reclaiming Judaism Press) was published in her honor. Peninnah is a recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish Educator (1995) awarded by The Covenant Foundation. She has been awarded the National Storytelling Network’s 2003 Lifetime Achievement Award “For sustained and exemplary contributions to storytelling in America.” Penninah Schram, who has served as our Dean of Stories, is retiring from our core faculty at the end of August 2017. We are incredibly grateful for her creativity, guidance, and teaching and wish her well on her new directions and projects!

Cherie Karo Schwartz, our Dean of Stories, holds an MA in Developmental Theater, is a storyteller, author, and educator living in Denver. She has shared stories with audiences of all ages throughout America and abroad for forty years. She shares a kaleidoscope of spirit-filled tales of wishes, wisdom, and wit drawn from worldwide Jewish folklore, sacred texts, family folklore, original stories and modern midrashim. Cherie offers storytelling performances, master classes, workshops and keynotes for conferences, organizations, museums, storytellers, schools, and libraries world-wide. She was co-founding coordinator of the international Jewish Storytelling Network of CAJE, following her heart-friend-in-story Peninnah Schram. Cherie has authored three books, numerous recordings and articles.
 
 
Judith Black, one of America’s foremost storytellers is grounded in Jewish roots, from which she retells history from new perspectives, tickles familial dysfunction, offers ironic explorations of aging, and calls people to pay attention to their planet.  As a Wheelock College graduate and professional teacher she is able to draw storytelling through the educational landscape, showing its profound uses in cognitive, emotional, and social learning. Featured on stages from the Montreal Comedy Festival to The Smithsonian Institution, the National Storytelling Festival, and over 12 CAJE conferences, she is the winner of the Oracle Award, storytelling’s most coveted laurel, and was recently given the Brother Blue and Ruth Hill Award.  She also sings, gardens, is a Rotarian and environmental activist.
 

Cassandra Sagan has devoted her life to helping others access their creative brilliance through poetry, storytelling, movement, and Torah. For twenty years Cassandra taught as a Poet in the Classroom, pre-schoolers through high school, adults and seniors; in gifted, new immigrant, and special needs classrooms; editing and producing almost 100 volumes of student writing. An ukulele toting singer/songwriter, Cassandra performs a weave of original and traditional songs and stories, while encouraging audience participation and individual expression. She is an ordained Maggid, a mosaic artist, an InterPlay leader, and has developed InterPlay Torah study, a playful approach to personal midrash, insight, and embodied Torah. She is also a contributing author to New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family.

Danny Siegel is best known for bringing the discussion of Tzedakah and doing of Tikkun Olam back into Jewish communities. He is a brilliant finder of the perfect teaching sections of sacred texts and guide to their study. A well-known author, lecturer, and poet, Danny has spoken in more than 500 North American Jewish communities on personalized Tzedakah, Mitzvah heroes, and Jewish values. He is the author of numerous books, including Danny Siegel’s Bar and Bat Mitzvah Mitzvah Book: A Practical Guide For Changing the World Through Your Simcha; Heroes and Miracle Workers, a collection of essays about everyday people who are Mitzvah Heroes; Who, Me? Yes, You! — Danny Siegel’s Workbook To Help You Decide Where, When, Why, and How You Can Do Your Best Tikkun Olam; and Giving Your Money Away — How Much, How to, Why, When, and to Whom: Danny Siegel’s Practical Guide to Personalized Tzedakah. He has also published several collections of poetry and children’s stories. Danny served as the Tzedakah Resource Person on the United Synagogue Youth Israel Pilgrimage for 37 years, and is a recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award for Exceptional Jewish Educators.
 

JSE Program Dean of Jewish Spiritual Education
Rabbi Goldie Milgram
DMin., MHL., MSW. Goldie founded and directs the non-profit Reclaiming Judaism & also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Reclaiming Judaism Press, providing innovative new programs and resources for meaningful Jewish living. Rabbi Milgram has worked at every level of Jewish ed
ucation–religious school teacher, and principal, day school high school-co-founder, youth group director, geriatric social worker & educator, BJE director, camp, pulpit, JCC, campus rabbi, educational consultant, Federation executive, university faculty and seminary dean.

A Covenant Award finalist honored for her excellence in experiential Jewish education, she is also a widely published author, and professional Jewish storyteller. She founded and served as producer and co-anchor of the first television interview public health interview program, Health Watch, for which she received the American Cancer Society’s “Most Distinguished Citizen Award.”

Rabbinic graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, "Reb Goldie"  has also received smicha (ordination) from her teacher Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, z"l as rabbi, maggidah, mashpi'ah and shlicha. Her new book Reclaiming Bar/Bat Mitzvah as a Spiritual Rite of Passage is part of a body of work honored by the Covenant Foundation and co-edited with Ellen Frankel, her previous book, Mitzvah Stories: Seeds for Inspiration and Learning has recently been honored by the National Jewish Book Awards. Her newest release is Seeking and Soaring: Jewish Approaches to Spiritual Guidance and Development.

Batya Podos is an ordained maggid, teacher and storyteller in the Jewish tradition. She also teaches pre-b’nai mitzvah students at her congregation and is the director of “Abraham’s Tent”—an interfaith summer camp for Christian, Jewish and Muslim children. One of her goals is to have children connect with the Divine through their personal experience of the stories within their tradition. She brings to JSE and NewCaje over thirty years of experience as an artist-in-residence, educational consultant and curriculum specialist, and as a middle school drama/language arts teacher. Her new publications for young people and families include Rebecca and the Talisman of Time (Portal Center Press) and she is also a contributor to New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family(Reclaiming Judaism Press) and The Language of Life, by Milt Markewitz, which explores the meaning of the energetic patterns of the Hebrew letters. Batya also leads services, teaches from the bima, facilitates holiday celebrations, offers shabbatonim.

Cathy Schechter joins our faculty in the fall of 2017. She is a Maggid-Educator, writer and researcher. After over a dozen years of Talmud study with the late Rabbi Judith Abrams, Cathy earned her Masters in Jewish Studies from Hebrew College. She is also an alumna of Pardes Institute. Cathy's stories often spring from the deep well of Talmud and rabbinic literature, in the hopes that their timeless observations and lessons about Jewish life and learning will find their way into our modern landscape to offer sustenance, hope, insight, and laughter.

Mindy Shapiro, M.A, is a Jewish communal professional with 30 years of experience. She was the founding director of Rosh Hodesh: It’s a Girl Thing!, a program of Moving Traditions. She has also worked for other Jewish organizations including Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, International Hillel and the Gershman Y. Mindy has been studying  Mussar with Rabbi Stone since 2003 and teaching since 2009. Mussar provides her with a framework for leading a more mindful life, something she helps others to do. She is also a papercut artist and teacher. Mindy serves on the editorial team for the next release from Reclaiming Judaism Press, in honor of Danny Siegel: New Mitzvah Stories for the Whole Family.

The JSE Program and Curriculum was founded, developed and first taught by: Rabbi Goldie Milgram with Batya Podos, Cassandra Sagan, Cherie Karo Schwartz, Peninnah Schram, Mindy Shapiro, and Danny Siegel.

Note: Applications are now available on a rolling admissions basis. The next course sequence is anticipated to begin January 2018. Contact Rabbi Goldie Milgram, Dean of Jewish Spiritual Education, rebgoldie@gmail.com, or call 914-500-5696 (cell).