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Graduate Certificates in Jewish Education

At Hebrew College you can earn a Graduate Certificate in the following areas: Certificate in Jewish Spiritual Education, Certificate in Jewish Educational Leadership, Certificate in Teaching & Learning, Certificate in Emerging Trends in Jewish Education.

If you enroll in a certificate program and decide to apply to our Master of Jewish Education program before the end of the course, you are eligible to apply up to an additional 4 credits (for a total of 8 credits for the certificate) toward your MJEd degree.

Please email Susan Morrel to learn more.

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  • time For Jewish Educators who want to transform their educational practice, at any point in their career.
  • location Courses are online, combining synchronous meetings with asynchronous work and assignments.
  • duration 2 semesters
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Hebrew College Graduate Certificates for Jewish Educators

At Hebrew College you can earn a Graduate Certificate in the following areas:

  • Certificate in Emerging Trends in Jewish Education 
  • Certificate in Teaching & Learning 
  • Certificate in Jewish Spiritual Education 
  • Certificate in Jewish Educational Leadership 

Please note that all four modules in a certificate program must be completed to earn the graduate level certificate. Certificate credit may count toward a Master of Jewish Education degree.

2024-2025 Certificates

Embodied Learning. Mental Health. Well-Being. Anti-Semitism. Israel. Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. Belonging. Climate Resilience.

The issues facing the students in our classroom and educational settings today are complicated, multilayered, and at times, traumatic. From climate anxiety to building inclusive and equitable spaces to rising antisemitism, Jewish educators are called to meet the challenge of supporting our learners in navigating and responding to the ongoing complexities of our institutions and our world. Teaching in Jewish Education today requires a new set of tools and a new understanding.

For far too long Jewish education had been focused solely on the mind. More recently, educators have started learning about the social-emotional experience of their students and incorporating that knowledge into their teaching. But now a more multifaceted approach is required. Jewish educators need a more holistic view of education, that is, we must know how to address or teach the whole person. In this certificate, students will experience embodied learning and will learn strategies to bring this kind of learning into their own settings. Moreover, students will be introduced to new possible ways of creating an inclusive classroom while also responding to some of the most difficult issues of our times.

The Certificate in Emerging Trends in Jewish Education integrates the cognitive, the physical, the spiritual and the emotional to help educators meet the needs of the learning and the learners in the 21st century. As we face the intense challenge of our wholeness and our holiness both for ourselves and our students, we turn to new understandings, skills, knowledge, resources, and inspiration to help us navigate these new realities. The Certificate in Emerging Trends in Jewish Education is a MUST for all Jewish Educators.

Are you looking to elevate the teaching and learning in your environment? Do you want to strengthen your skills in curriculum and lesson-plan design? Are you curious about how you can actively involve your students in the learning process?
Hebrew College’s Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Jewish Education focuses on preparing Jewish educators with the essential skills and knowledge to learn best practices and principles in 21st century Jewish education. It offers educators the opportunity to learn important concepts and frameworks and to build new capacities to infuse into your own learning spaces.

“Skillful teachers are made, not born.” — Jon Saphier

In this certificate, you will strengthen instructional practices and assessment skills. You will delve into the curriculum design process, understanding and practicing “backwards design” in crafting engaging lessons and effective delivery. In addition, you will examine various models and theories of teaching and learning, along with a wide array of teaching strategies that can be adapted for classrooms and other Jewish educational settings.

“We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.”
— John Dewey

As teachers and educational leaders, prior to engaging with our students, it is important that we know ourselves and understand how we make meaning. Through this certificate you will become a more reflective practitioner and thereby build and further strengthen your teaching skills. You will deepen your teacher identity, experimenting with new ideas, frameworks, stances and philosophies.

Join us to earn a Certificate in Teaching & Learning in Jewish Education and develop and build your skills in crafting a positive, supportive, meaningful, and inclusive learning environment for your students.

Applicants for the graduate level certificate programs must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution or university. Official transcripts must be sent to Hebrew College.
  • Complete an application and a short interview.
  • Submit two letters of reference.

For details/specifics, please contact Susan Morrel at smorrel@hebrewcollege.edu.

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If you enroll in a Graduate Certificate program and decide to apply to the Hebrew College Master of Jewish Education (MJEd) program before the end of the course, you are eligible to apply up to an additional 4 credits (for a total of 8 credits for the certificate) toward your degree (in this case, you will be responsible for additional assignments and additional charges). Note: This applies to one graduate certificate only.

For details/specifics, please contact Susan Morrel at smorrel@hebrewcollege.edu.

Financial aid and scholarships are limited to those enrolled in the MJEd program (enrollees in the Graduate level certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid/scholarships.)

2023-2024 Certificates

Are you looking for an authentic way to integrate spirituality into your Jewish educational practice? Are you considering making changes in your approach to teaching God and prayer in your setting?

The Certificate in Jewish Spiritual Education at Hebrew College will provide you with a real sense of what Jewish spirituality has to offer as a form of wisdom for cultivating a soulful approach to life for your students. Jewish education in the 21st century has the potential to be a pathway of cultivating shlemut (wholeness) in our learners through social, emotional and spiritual well being.

In this two semester, graduate level certificate program, you will explore Jewish modes of spiritual life and expression including Jewish thought, prayer, and practice. You will delve into contemporary research in the field of Jewish spirituality, and you will learn constructive models of Jewish education and experiential education. You will engage in a variety of practices that have already been developed for Jewish education, along with emerging trends in the field.

As a graduate of The Certificate in Jewish Spiritual Education, you will be aware and sensitive to the spiritual needs of learners, identifying and utilizing pedagogic approaches to guide students on their spiritual pathways. You will be a skilled guide for holistic education which includes social, emotional, and spiritual learning, and you will be ready to integrate this work into your Jewish educational schools and institutions.


Module 1: The Soul of Jewish Education
Jewish education has been primarily concerned with the transmission of knowledge, acquisition of skills and developing Jewish identity in people. One aspect of cultivating religious identity has been missing from Jewish educational practice and that is nurturing the spiritual growth of the individual as an explicit aim of our educational practice. We seem to shy away from this practice in our schools and synagogues, often thinking that spiritual practice and a person’s being with God are not part of the Judaism we know. However, not only is nurturing spiritual practice part of the essence of Judaism, it has also been a long component of Jewish education but largely ignored in our times. This module seeks to explore the cultivation of the spiritual life of the individual drawing upon the research, particularly but not exclusively of children’s spirituality. I will offer a Jewish lens with which to view this spirituality that comes from our traditional sources and from contemporary thinking including Social and Emotional Learning, Mindfulness and Thriving. We will explore innovative and creative practices for Jewish education in our educational settings for children, adolescents and adults. Deepening our understanding of this field will determine the very way we see the overall and expanded purpose of a Jewish Education.

Module 2: Mussar for Educators
Musar is an ancient Jewish spiritual practice that has been re-energized for the 21st century. It draws upon the depths of Jewish tradition and text along with a unique pedagogy to form and develop human virtues for greater self awareness and broader openness to those around us and the ebb and flow of life’s joys and challenges. We will practice this spiritual art together learning its particular approach as well as reflect on the methodology for educators. No prior experience or knowledge is required and all texts will be provided with English translation. There will be week chavruta requirements as well as a formative assessment. There will be three live sessions on zoom which will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

Module 3:  Creative Expression for Spiritual Development
This seminar is designed to introduce participants to the diverse creative expressions of Spiritual Development including Music, Mindfulness and Meditation, Expressive Arts, Story telling, Creative Writing, Poetry, etc. These creative expressions will be grounded in a Jewish articulation of these approaches using faculty and alumni expertise who have honed these expressions in pedagogical programs. The programs themselves will include Torah Godly Play (story telling), The Expressive Arts as a religious imperative, Jewish Meditation and Mindfulness, spiritual writing and journaling, Music and nigunim etc.

Module 4:  Jewish Spiritual Disciplines of Talmud Torah, Tefillah and Mussar
Pirkei Avot teaches that the world stands on three fundamental human endeavors; The Study of Sacred Literature (Talmud Torah), the watchfulness of a prayerful life (Tefila) and the infinite responsibility for the other (Gemilut Hasadim as expressed in Musar). This module explores the Jewish philosophical and theological perspectives of these spiritual practices and provides contemporary approaches to these disciplines for human flourishing and wakefulness.

Are you looking to elevate your role as a Jewish educational leader? Are you searching for ways to strengthen your leadership to support the development of successful teaching and learning?  Do you want to inspire change and innovation in your setting but aren’t sure where to begin? The Certificate in Learning & Leading from Hebrew College catapults you in your role through the cultivation of understandings and practices needed to engage in successful Jewish educational leadership, from budgeting to building change.

Instructional and organizational leadership skills development is vital for anyone in a Jewish educational leadership position who is seeking to delve into the essential tools and strategies to navigate the evolving educational landscape of the 21st century. As a graduate of the Certificate in Learning and Leading, you will be ready to identify your educational and organizational needs and priorities, and implement the changes necessary. You will be able to articulate your educational stance and create a compelling vision that brings others together in purpose and shared values.


Module 1: Instructional Leadership
Instructional leaders strengthen the teaching and learning in their settings through providing educational supervision and developing professional learning communities.  Promoting greater attention to instructional leadership in Jewish schools leads to meaningful and transformative change. In this course, students will develop a shared language and understanding about instructional leadership, drawing on educational learning theories, and exploring tools and strategies that support improving student achievement. Students will engage with instructional leadership practices such as observation, supervision, co-planning, collaboration, and creating a professional learning community.

Module 2: Organizational Leadership
Leadership in Jewish organizations is a highly complex activity.  Jewish educators must learn to navigate in an environment that has many participants, often with diverse priorities and perspectives.  Effective leadership requires a high degree of self knowledge, flexibility in approach, and balance between long term vision and shorter term goals.

The goal of this module is to give Jewish educators the tools they need to be successful Jewish organizational leaders.  Specific topics will include:

  • Theories that are useful for leadership (Tzimtzum, Transformative Learning, the Musar perspective on values, wounding/t’shuvah)
  • Navigating between personal and organizational values as a leader;
  • Assessment of personal leadership preferences (Personal philosophy/values, Covey, Harvard Assessment Tool);
  • Approaches to leadership (Charismatic, Authentic, Servant, Adaptive, and Distributed Leadership);
  • Leadership in times of change

Module 3: From Talmud to Tachlis: A Practical Guide for Jewish Organizations
In addition to knowledge of specific Jewish content, Jewish educators are expected to be able to be a key participant in the day to day activities of their organizations. The goal of this module is to give learners the foundational knowledge in the “tachlis” areas of Jewish organizations so that they can most effectively contribute to the fulfillment of the organization’s mission and be good partners for volunteer leaders and other staff members. Organizational components to be covered include:

  • Governance: organizational structure, presidential partnership; board relations; bylaws and policies;
  • Human resources:  talent management and development;
  • Finance: understanding financials; budgeting;
  • Fundraising: types of fundraising; donor relations; ethical and legal considerations;
  • Marketing: types of marketing; pricing of products/services; public relations.

Module 4: Leadership & Change
“Pivot” is a word which has been frequently used over the past few years as Jewish educators were confronted with the need to quickly change course during Covid. Although “pivoting” for unplanned change is essential, we realize that leading planned change is a complex process, requiring a systemic and thoughtful approach. This course is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of issues involved in leading change in a Jewish educational setting, and to provide the tools and strategies educational leaders need to be successful change-makers in a rapidly changing field. Students will reflect on their own strengths, challenges and approaches to leadership and change (from module 2), and draw upon Jewish wisdom, as well as the literature of general education and business theories, to consider how to design and implement change which positively impacts learning. Specific topics will include: Change Readiness; Appreciative Inquiry; Asset Mapping; SWOT Analysis; Systemic Thinking, and Enduring Dilemmas.

Questions & Information

Debrah Ron
Master of Jewish Education Program at Hebrew College

Susan Morrel
Master of Jewish Education Program at Hebrew College