MaTaRoT Fall 2021: COP & Course Descriptions

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, Oct 12, 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

Spring 2022 short course

Embracing Social Emotional & Spiritual Learning to Create Inclusive Part-Time Jewish Education Experiences (SESL)

Instructor: Susan Morrel & Sandy Gold
Dates: 6 Wednesdays, Feb. 2, 16; March 2, 16, 30; April 6
Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Cost: See below for tiered pricing
Location: Zoom


(CJP Schools)
Number of RegistrantsSmall SchoolMedium SchoolLarge School
2+$75 (each additional registrant)$75 (each additional registrant)$75 (each additional registrant)

Have you been wondering about SESL’s impact on teaching & learning? Have you been thinking about how to weave SESL into your curriculum?

We invite Jewish educators in part-time settings (congregations and community schools) to engage in this six-session series on Social Emotional and Spiritual Learning (SESL) and Inclusive Practices. Our time together will focus on bringing SESL into our classrooms and curriculum as we begin to think about planning for the upcoming academic year.

The goals of the series include:
• Providing a review of the foundations of Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
• Exploring how the second “S” of Spirituality inspires deep and meaningful Jewish learning
• Examining how SESL practices help to ensure our learning communities are inclusive and brave spaces for all learners
• Applying SESL tools & strategies and inclusive practices in our culture, classroom, and curriculum

There will be short readings/exercises in between sessions.

This series will be taught by Susan Morrel and Sandy Gold, leaders in the field of Social and Emotional Learning, Special Education, and Jewish Education.

Spring 2022 workshops

Educators as Allies & Advocates

Instructor: Rabbi Micah Buck-Yael (he/him or they/them)
Dates: Tuesday, January 25 2022
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Zoom
Registration: Register here
Study after study has shown us the importance of inclusion, dignity, and diversity in the classroom. Students truly thrive in their learning when they are able to see themselves in their learning, and feel that they and their families are valued, seen, and embraced. All to often, LGBTQ students or students who are part of LGBTQ families encounter curricula, policies, and classroom practices that do not affirm them. Join Keshet to learn about classroom practices that can build LGBTQ-affirming learning environment in which students can thrive.

Understanding and Navigating Challenging Behaviors in a Supplemental School Setting

Instructor: Sandy Gold
Dates: Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Zoom
Registration: Register here

In today’s formal and informal Jewish educational programs, children’s behavior is an important factor in their social and academic experience. Just as students’ behavior impacts their learning, their learning needs also impact their behaviors. During this workshop, we will explore the interaction between learning issues and behavior and we’ll examine strategies that can help teachers navigate challenging classroom situations.

Pedagogy of Partnership: Exploring the Hevruta Experience

Instructor: Allison Cook & Dr. Orit Kent
Dates: Tuesday, March. 22, 2022
Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
Cost: Free
Location: Zoom
Registration: Register here

Havruta learning, a traditional form of Jewish study in pairs, is more than two people learning together. Havruta constructs a space built on humility and creativity – of generative collaboration and attuned responsiveness to one another and the texts or content we are learning. Come explore some of Pedagogy of Partnership’s core frameworks and harness the power of havruta to shape the values, skills, and experiences of learners in your program.