MaTaRoT Fall 2021: COP & Course Descriptions

Fall 2021 community of practice

Thought Partners for Equity and Justice: A Learning Community for leaders and educators working in part time settings (Congregations and Community schools)

Facilitator: David Rhodes
Date: Tuesdays, Nov 9, Dec 14, Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 8, April 12, May 10
Time: Noon-1:30 p.m. ET
Cost: $18 per person in CJP area institutions ; $118 for out of area participant
Location: Zoom
Registration: Register here

This online educational learning community is designed to be a collaborative space in which participants from Jewish ‘part time’ schools (e.g. congregational schools)  explore challenges and questions that are relevant to them, centering equity and justice in these contexts. The structure of each monthly meeting will be dictated by the needs and goals identified by participants as they seek input and wisdom from peers on anything from big picture planning and initiatives to specific dilemmas and lessons. Facilitators from Facing History and Ourselves will help establish and maintain the dynamics of constructive conversation to ensure that participants get the most out of their time together.

David Rhodes is a Program Associate on the Jewish education team at Facing History and Ourselves. He holds a master’s degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and he is passionate about working with educators and students to explore how to engage across differences, analyze systems, and learn from the past. Before joining the staff of Facing History, he taught social studies and Spanish in Upstate, NY, and he was a teaching fellow for a course entitled Education, Faith, and Leadership at Harvard. He currently lives in Newton, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.

Hebrew College CoPs ( Communities of Practice) meet for 90 minutes over the course of nine months.  A CoP is an invitation to educators to carve out time and step back to reflect, refocus, and join with colleagues.  We urge all participants to see the CoP as an opportunity to create sacred time to deepen your practice, as we share individual and collective wisdom in a safe and brave professional community of educators.  By gathering with a defined purpose, along with an engaged and positive perspective, we bring new energy to our work.  

For more information, contact Deb Ron at

Fall 2021 short course

Navigating the Discourse about Israel: Historical Context and Contemporary Conversations

Instructor: Dr. Rachel Fish
Dates: 6 Wednesdays, Oct. 13, 20, 27, Nov. 10, 17, Dec. 8
Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: See below for tiered pricing
Location: Zoom
Registration: Register here


BOSTON AREA SCHOOLNumber of RegistrantsSmall SchoolMedium SchoolLarge School
2+$75 (each additional registrant)$75 (each additional registrant)$75 (each additional registrant)

During the May 2021 conflict between Israel and Hamas, many Jews  and Jewish educators and leaders found themselves ill-equipped to navigate the discourse about Israel.  As accusations were hurled and leveled against Israel, Zionism, and Jews it exposed the need to situate ideas within a historical context while exploring how these frameworks have transformed over time.  This module provides a historical approach to examining the concepts of colonialism, indigeneity, the multiplicities of Zionisms, relations between Arabs and Jews (within and beyond the borders of Israel), and what it means to be both particular and universal- Jewish and democratic, in an age of increased hostility toward the Jewish community and Jewish politics. The module will focus on providing Jewish educators in part time settings (e.g. congregations and community schools) with the background to begin to understand these concepts for themselves and for their students.

Fall 2021 workshops

Teaching about God & Faith

Instructor: Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire
Dates: Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Zoom
Registration: Register here

Children have the innate ability to be curious about God and Faith. Join Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire as we explore together pedagogies that provide us as educators the keys to unlocking that curiosity.

Jewish Women’s Archive: Teaching with Primary Sources

Instructor: Betsy More, PhD
Dates: Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Zoom
Registration: Register here

Join the Jewish Women’s Archive to learn about incorporating historical sources into your teaching! JWA staff will introduce a primary source document that helps bring Jewish women’s history to life for you and your students, followed by a guided tour of the extraordinary wealth of teaching resources available on