Amazing things are happening in Jewish education all across the Jewish world. We present you with innovative projects that will make sure that children, teens, adults and families are learning more about their Jewish identity!
The mission of NewCAJE, which is an international and pluralistic organization, is to support quality Jewish education and excellent Jewish educators.On Giving Tuesday, we are doing exactly that!
Here is a list of innovative and exciting educational projects from across the United States. Read through the projects and find the ones that excite you. The children and their teachers appreciate your support and making their dreams come true!
Some projects are from organizations, others are from schools or individuals.
Find your local project but also take a moment to look at the others and maybe make a donation to some of those as well.
Finally, supporters should be aware that funding for projects that do not raise at least 51% of their goals will be donated to NewCAJE. For more information about how to support the goals of NewCAJE, click on our website.
Connecting Our Future and Our Past in LouisianaConnecting Our Future with Our Past in Louisiana B’nai Israel of Monroe (LA) is the only congregation within a 60 mile radius. The last 80 members of our community want Jewish life to continue in our city, but right now we have no religious school. It turns out that there is a group of young Jewish families with children under the age of 5 in our community. Our rabbi needs funds to create a Tot Shabbat program. The hope is that these young families will become friends through these Shabbat gatherings and will want to continue their children's education and their own by re-opening the Temple religious school. Funds will be used for materials for the creation of these Tot Shabbat family experiences using our existing Museum to teach.
Already raised: $1,093
The Outdoor Classroom (Makom Ha Kodesh) -- Kol Rinah Early Childhood Center--St. Louis, Missouri My staff and I want to create a Holy space-- an outdoor classroom. It will be a place where preschool and religious school students will be free to explore nature and learn to respect the Earth. The outdoor classroom will have four distinct areas. The first will be a Sukkah-like structure that can become the castle in Shushan at Purim and anything else the children imagine it to be. We will use this for drama, drawing and discussions. The next area will be a renewed native habitat area that will be created with the help of the Missouri Botanical Garden. There we will have a greenhouse for native plants and vegetables. The next area will be our forested Wild Woods area and the last will house a music and kitchen area. Doesn't that sound amazing! With our outdoor classroom, we will be able to use science, tools, reading, engineering, art, and math to guide our students toward a greater appreciation of God's wonders. Funds raised will go towards materials and tools needed to build this magical space for our students.
Already raised: $1,880
An innovative community building values board in ChicagoKAM Isaiah Israel’s #kamiivalues board displays what our community is feeling and thinking about a monthly theme important to the congregation.Last month's theme was chesed-lovingkindness. We shared what we love and people had amazing thoughts! Members write a word, phrase, or thought on a card and place it on the board displayed in our main hallway. Our goal is to expand the reach of the KAM Isaiah Israel values board to that people, through a social media component, will be able to contribute remotely with comments and photos . This will encourage a deeper sense of community and a renewed understanding of Jewish values. Funds will be used for new technology to make the project virtual and accessible remotely.
Already raised: $802
Helping Teens learn about the Dangers of Addiction in San Diego Here in San Diego, we are concerned about our teens. Because addiction is a serious problem in today's world, we are asking for your support to bring speakers from Beit Teshuva--a Jewish recovery program in Los Angeles-- to talk with our teens at Congregation Dor Hadash. We believe that listening to someone who has been through this nightmare will help them gain insight into how minute by minute decisions can change the course of their lives forever. We hope that by sharing the stories of their personal journeys, the speakers will inspire our teens to continue to become thoughtful and grounded decision makers as they grow into young adults. Funds raised will go towards speakers, meeting and travel expenses.
Already raised: $700
Backpacks of Jewish Goodness In Mount Sinai New YorkThere are so many children and families who want to learn about Jewish life and culture but they don't always know where to begin. If these families are not affiliated with a Jewish organization, they may not have access to learning resources.That's where Backpacks of Jewish Goodness come in. The goal of this project is to create a lending library thematic backpack that will encourage families to explore aspects of Jewish culture in their homes. Each backpack will include books, games, CDs and DVDs selected by a team of Jewish educators. The collection will be hosted by a variety of organizations throughout the year. I believe that the backpacks will find their way into more than 300 homes in a year. Please help me share the great big world of Jewish goodness with children and their families.
Already raised: $568
Israel - A 4D Experience-- Temple Or Rishon-- in Sacramento CaliforniaIt is very important to me to give our students a true connection to Am Yisrael because where we live, our students don't get to meet Israelis. We are working to partner our school with a school in Israel. We want to create much more than a traditional pen-pal experience. Our students will talk to their peers on Skype. We will send each other " cultural care packages" and we dream of having student/parent exchange programs. My desire is to create a personal experience for our students, allowing them to understand both the wonders and challenges of living in Israel while also sharing their lives with Israeli students. The funds we are asking for will help us upgrade our audio-visual equipment and purchase necessary supplies for our cultural care packages.
Already raised: $722
In the Footsteps of Anne Frank--Ellen Goldberg Tishman in Sarasota FloridaFor this project, Ellen Tishman has issued this challenge - I will match contribution up to a total of 575.00 made today up until midnight!!
When I was 13 I began a correspondence with Ann Frank's father Otto. I eventually had the amazing opportunity to visit with him in Switzerland. I have long envisioned a travelling exhibit of my letters and photos, supported by a curriculum, a book and a website. Because of my experience I have felt compelled to help students develop an intimate connection to The Diary of Ann Frank and see how it is relevant today. I believe my story would make Anne real to children and would encourage children who see it to be involved in issues of social justice. Children visiting the exhibit can write and draw their own impressions, and what they envision their roles would be like as a global citizen of change. I believe individual contributions can bring about lasting changes in the world and that is what I want my exhibit to teach. Funds raised will go toward the creation of the exhibit and materials.
Already raised: $1,276
NewCAJE Emerging Educator Leadership Program2016 was the first year of the NewCAJE Emerging Educator Fellowship. 16 fellows came to the conference from all across the country, to learn, network, and grow as leaders. They went back to their communities excited to strengthen Jewish education through year-long projects and continuing development. Your gift will help fund these projects, which include local emerging educator groups, and a national research project focusing on educator's experiences in the field. Your gift will also fund travel and conference subsidies, ensuring that the fellowship will grow and thrive into the future. With your help, these passionate educators will continue to learn, lead, and shape the world of Jewish education for the better.
Already raised: $957
'M' is for Mentsh!--a project about Jewish Ethics --from the Jewish Institute of Youth and Family (Washington, DC)We want to create an active website—Mentsh.com—which we aptly subtitled, The High Road to a Fulfilling Life. We will create an internet forum that will synthesize Jewish wisdom and modern psychology. The site's "Learn" track will have a weekly topic with relevant sayings from the Sages and a commentary based on Pirke Avot. The site will be a forum for lively debate on how best to adapt the Sages guidelines of how to live an ethical life with input from Jewish scholars and psychologists. The site's "Live" track will start with a brief scenario relevant to the topic of the week and typical of a life challenge today. I believe the site will be a gratifying learning and doing experience for both teens and their parents. This site will be a forum for lively debate on how best to adapt the Sages’ guidelines to modern life—with input from Jewish scholars and psychologists. Funds raised will go towards the technology required as well as the creation of materials.
Already raised: $1,410
92nd Street Y (NYC) Mentoring ProgramThe Shababa Network helps Jewish organizations across the US and around the world rethink and transform family engagement and outreach. With over 40 organizations in the Network and 100 educators, the staff at the 92nd Street Y need to provide help for these organizations when they encounter challenges or have questions. That's why they need to train exceptional Jewish educators who can be available to guide those implementing the Shababa experience in their local communities. Mentors will gather for in-person specialized training. They will share their expertise at the Shababa Network Summit and in one-on-one encounters during the year. The goal of the Mentor's Project is to train educators to help local communities recreate the Jewish family programming that attracts hundreds of young families to the 92Y. Funds raised will go toward stipends for the Mentors and to provide the dedicated training they each receive.
Already raised: $500
L'Chavero - The Art of Caring and Friendship from the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration at Yeshiva University in New York CityAt the graduate school we have an idea that will harnesses the creativity of Jewish school students to support and raise awareness of the midot (the elements of character) that exemplify the Jewish values of friendship and caring ( bein adam l'chavero). Our project will create and disseminate lesson plans to Jewish schools on this topic. We want to create engaging activities, use classic Jewish texts in order to introduce the important Jewish values of friendship and caring about others. We will then invite students to design artwork and compose poetry based on their studies that will be printed on greeting cards, included in a picture book, published as a calendar and on our website. In these ways, their ideas about friendship and caring for others will have a large audience. Our lesson plans will be appropriate for use in day schools, congregational schools and camps. The money will be used for creating the lesson plans and sharing the artwork and poetry.
Already raised: $463
Jewish Renewal --A national organization wants to translate Jewish resources into SpanishALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal's project is - Sabiduría de Renovación Judía- Jewish Renewal Wisdom in Spanish. The goal of this project is to reach more Jews and “Jew-curious” communities in the United States, the Caribbean, Latin America, and South America. To reach this goal, more Jewish Renewal materials need to be offered in Spanish. The start of this project includes translating currently available resources into Spanish. We at ALEPH especially wants to share the unique wisdom of our teacher-- Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi z"l including concepts such as: ecology as a spiritual practice, eco-Kashrut and radical inclusivity. Funds raised will be used for translation of our website and subtitling the YouTube educational videos ALEPH has already created.
Already raised: $1,625
The Teacherhub Marketplace (Los Angeles)The mission of our TeacherHub Marketplace is to empower Jewish educators to create, hone, and distribute high-quality Jewish educational materials. Through the site, anyone can submit any type of downloadable resource that could be used in a Jewish learning environment: lesson plans, PowerPoints, games, e-books, Visual T’fillah… the possibilities are endless! Funds raised will go towards educator outreach, curating submissions, matching submissions with editorial support and license frameworks, and listing as many creative Jewish educators' work for distribution on the TeacherHub Marketplace as possible.
Already raised: $1,828
Visual Torah--a dream of CEO Justin SakofsI created MagneticShul to find a tangible way for kids to experience prayer and to actively engage them during services. Now I need your help to create visual Torah to engage and empower children to discover the Torah. I want to bringi back the felt and flannel boards of yesteryear. I provide felt shapes for all the nouns in the Torah reading aas well as scripts of the stories to guide teachers.
In this way, I believe students will use their imaginations to learn more about the great stories of the Torah! Funds raised will go towards the purchase of art work and event costs.
Already raised: $18
Shabbat in the PlayroomShabbat in the Playroom--by the Author of the Shira books-- Galia Sabbag in Atlanta, Georgia. I have written and self-published six holiday books (and many more to follow!) for children based on my work as a first grade teacher at The Davis Academy in Atlanta. I wrote these books to inspire, educate and invest in the next generation of Jews. The series is used both in school and at home. I will use the funds raised to create a teacher kit with a Shira doll that will announce the arrival of the next Jewish holiay. Each kit will include a Shira book for each holiday, lesson plans, coloring pages, flash cards and a DVD with an animation of each book. I will also use the money to advertise the availability of the kit.
Already raised: $104
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