Announcing i*Express

December 10, 2018

Shalom Chevrei:


We are proud to announce that Emanuel Congregation has been chosen to participate
in an exciting project that will transform Jewish learning for our children and families.
The name of the project is i*Express, and it is designed to propel congregations like
ours forward in their practice of engaging children and their families in meaningful
Jewish learning beyond the classroom. Offered by the Jewish Education Project, a
beneficiary of the UJA Federation of New York, our team (Erin Copland, Devorah
Heyman, Myriam Kasper, Tani Prell Epstein, and me) is working with master educator
Joy Wasserman, whom we know well from her stellar service to Emanuel a few years
ago. Joy will guide us through the necessary steps to choose and implement a new
model of Jewish learning for our congregation. We will also participate in a peer
network, and our congregation will receive a $1,000 grant in early spring to help us
make this transition.


i*Express represents the latest thinking in synagogue transformation that has taken
hold in the country over the past fifteen years. It recognizes that, though each
congregation has its own personality culture, they share many similarities and are
looking for answers to many of the same questions. Engaging children and their families
in Jewish living and learning that fits in with what they find meaningful in their lives is
key. By considering adopting one of the many new models of Jewish learning that now
exist locally and around the country we will be able to begin impacting the lives of our
congregants during the upcoming school year.


Expect to hear more in the months to come about how our congregation will be
innovating Jewish learning. We invite your input as we take important steps towards
providing the best learning experience possible to our community. For more
information, please contact me at rabbimarantz@emanuelcong.org or Tani at
djle@emanuelcong.org.

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