Webinar Archives (Non-Members)

Below you’ll find archived recordings of ARJE Continuing Education webinars.

These recordings are provided as a resource to ARJE members and non-members.

URJ and ARJE Webinar: New Approaches to Supplementary Education in the Reform Movement

October 19, 2017
Lisa Langer, RJE, and Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, RJE

We invite you to join Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, RJE  and Lisa Langer, RJE for a discussion with ARJE members to unpack the report, zero in on lessons learned, and consider implications for our field.  It will be helpful for you to review the Report prior to the session.  It can be found here in The Tent.

Response Webinar: Is Israel the Jewish Homeland for All Jews?

July 14, 2017
Rabbi Josh Weinberg

This webinar is organized by the Immediate Response Committee of the ARJE

Co-Sponsored by ARZA, to discuss the Kotel Crises and the Conversion Bill – Two Attempts to Disenfranchise Liberal Jews

Join Rabbi Josh Weinberg, President of ARZA, as he offers insight on how to respond to the recent ruling by the Israeli government about the Kotel.  This webinar will present the situation – from a Reform perspective – as well as offer ideas for response. The program will conclude with a prayer for Israel as we prepare to welcome Shabbat.

For additional background information, please go to the ARZA website,

To View or Download Materials from this Webinar, CLICK HERE.

ARJE Response Webinar_ Is Israel the Jewish Homeland for All Jews_ 7-14-17 from ARJE on Vimeo

Response Webinar: Netflix Series “13 Reasons Why”

May 2, 2017
Dr. Betsy Stone, PhD

The new Netflix show, “13 Reasons Why” has left many of us asking how to support our teens in navigating the concepts the show presents including: cyber-bullying, sexual assault, depression, and teen suicide. Join with your colleagues to share concerns, ideas, and strategies together in a “Pop-Up Conversation” on Tuesday, May 2nd at 1 pm EDT. Our discussion will be led by Dr. Betsy Stone, child psychologist.  Dr Stone spoke at last year’s ARJE Yom Iyun and at the recent Youth Summit in Chicago.

Video Recording of URJ Youth's Pop-up Conversation: Thirteen Reasons Why with Dr. Betsy Stone from URJ Youth Engagement on Vimeo

Project Based Jewish Learning

December 7, 2016
R. Jordi Schuster Battis, Kim Bodemer, R. Rebecca Rosenthal

Brought to you by the ARJE Continuing Education Committee

Are you curious about what it would take to incorporate Project-based Learning curricula into your congregational school? Have you tried it and want to learn more about lessons learned by other Jewish educators? Take advantage of this ARJE Professional Learning opportunity to hear about the essential elements needed to make PBL work in a congregational school. What lessons have been learned by educators over the last several years? What are the benefits to the students? What resources are necessary for success?

Panelists include Rabbi Jordi Schuster Battis, Director of Curriculum, K-12 Learning at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham, MA, Kim Bodemer, Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Chayai Shalom in Easton, MA and Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal, Director of Youth & Family Education at Central Synagogue in New York City. We will hear their experiences of three different programs, what they have learned, how their programs have evolved over time, and what they continue to learn about this powerful learning experience for students.

We allotted 90 minutes for this webinar, including Q&A.

Note: Due to technical difficulties, the beginning of the webinar was not recorded. The below recording starts approximately 30 minutes into the webinar.

To view slides of Kim Bodemer’s presentation, which was not recorded, click here.

Project Based Jewish Learning from ARJE on Vimeo.

Welcome to the ARJE! (For RYPA Members & Youth Professionals)

August 31, 2016
Missy Bell, RJE & Gavin Hirsch, RJE

Brought to you by ARJE’s Member Relations Team.

We’re so excited to welcome you to the ARJE! We’re sure you want to know more about the ARJE and what we can offer you, so please join us on one of two webinars (both will be the same) on Thursday, August 18, 1-2pm Eastern or Wednesday, August 31, 3-4pm Eastern. We will share the benefits of membership and explain the many ways you can get involved in the ARJE. Additionally, there will be time for you to ask questions about the ARJE and the merger, and share your suggestions of what the ARJE should be offering for youth professionals.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Welcome to the ARJE! for RYPA Members & Youth Professionals (August 18, 2016) from ARJE on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 31, 2016
Welcome to the ARJE! for RYPA Members & Youth Professionals (August 31, 2016) from ARJE on Vimeo.

Summer 2016 Webinar Series: The Pedagogy of Teaching Hebrew in the Religious School Setting

July 21, 2016

Brought to you by the ARJE’s Professional Learning/Continuing Education Team.

What do you need to know in order to make informed choices about how to present Hebrew language and decoding in your program?

This 3-session series will highlight the most current and relevant theory of the teaching of Hebrew in part time supplementary settings and present practical applications. A combination of scholars and practitioners and our own ARJE Directors of Education, will share their expertise so that you too can have a deeper understanding of the issues.

Why do we teach Hebrew? What kinds of Hebrew goals are possible? How can we best prepare our students for Hebrew decoding? How can we help students who struggle with connecting the symbols to the sounds? How are some of our peers making significant changes to their programs?

We will hear from three scholars in the field, and practitioners who have worked with them to implement their approaches.

Session 1: Thursday, July 21

Sarah Benor from HUC and Rabbi Nicki Greninger

The Pedagogy of Teaching Hebrew in the Religious School Setting: Session One (July 21, 2016) from ARJE on Vimeo.

Session 2: Thursday, August 4

Lifsa Schachter, Professor Emeritus of Education at Siegal College, author of the Hebrew Through Movement Curriculum, and Why Bonnie and Ronnie Can’t Read and What You Need to Know to Help Learners Decode Hebrew Efficiently, both published in The Journal of Jewish Education, and Rabby Stacy Schlein

The Pedagogy of Teaching Hebrew in the Religious School Setting: Session Two (August 4, 2016) from ARJE on Vimeo.

Session 3: Thursday, August 11

Vita Nemirovsky of Homeworks Education Consulting on the application of the Orton Gillignham method of teaching reading to Hebrew phonetic reading in Religious school settings. Author of the curriculum being used in some Pittsburgh schools, and Liron Lipinsky Slitrik, Director of Education at the J-JEP in Pittsburgh.

The Pedagogy of Teaching Hebrew in the Religious School Setting: Session Three (August 11, 2016) from ARJE on Vimeo.

Working Towards a Shared Goal: Professional Development and Onboarding to Fit Your Mission

April 18, 2016
Dr. Rachel Lerner

We are all thinking in new ways about how our supplementary schools should operate, whether it is programmatic, curricular, pedagogic or all of the above! As we endeavor to introduce new language and new tools in our schools and learning communities, how do we bring our teachers on board with our vision?

Using research-based principles, we’ll map out onboarding from hiring through ongoing professional development. Join us for a morning of thoughtful conversation and practical steps for bringing together your vision for your school and your vision for your teachers.

ARJE Webinar: Working Towards a Shared Goal: Professional Development and Onboarding to Fit Your Mission from ARJE on Vimeo.

Haunted by Halloween: How to Face Anxieties Around Jewish-American Boundaries

January 7, 2016
Rabbi Tali Zelkowicz, PhD

A pervasive pattern of cultural dissonance cuts across just about every type of (especially liberal) Jewish educational setting and program. Rabbi Tali Zelkowicz, Ph.D. studies this dissonance and suggests that it can be productive when Jewish leaders are able to name it and teach about it in the open. Join Tali for an exploration of the gap inadvertently created between what Jewish professionals teach students formally and what families actually believe and do in “real life.” She will address the role and policies of Halloween to show us how this North American holiday becomes a rich microcosm for some of the most prevalent dilemmas of contemporary American and Canadian Jewish identity formation, bringing into sharp focus anxious boundary navigations and the politics of authenticity regarding Jewish identity.

Specifically, she invites you to consider that when Jewish educators render these sorts of tensions taboo or simply wall off children from perceived outside “threats,” Jewish students are left — paradoxically — ill equipped to straddle both Jewish and American (or Canadian) cultures, which is the very goal of contemporary liberal Jewish education. Without formal and explicit opportunities to explore those boundaries critically and openly in the laboratory settings of Jewish education, Jewish youth may never know how to navigate multiple and competing cultural values later in life, as college students and adults, in a fully integrated world that is absent of externally monitored Jewish boundaries.

Haunted by Halloween: How to Face (and Maybe even Embrace) Anxieties around Jewish-North American Boundaries 1-7-16 from ARJE on Vimeo.

Talking About Terrorism: An ARJE Response Webinar

December 4, 2015
Rabbi Jan Katzew, Ph.D.

Bombings in France. Stabbings in Israel. Shootings in Colorado. Unfortunately, we are assaulted daily with acts of terror. Finding a way to talk about these incidents with our students is complicated as is dealing with our own emotions. During this timely webinar, Rabbi Jan Katzew will share talking points we, as educators, can use with our students, our families and our communities when speaking and teaching about these horrific events. He will take questions and share resources. Our webinar will end with a prayer for peace as we move into Shabbat.

Rabbi Jan Katzew, Ph.D, is a leading educator in the Reform Movement and currently serves as the Director of Service Learning at HUC-JIR/Cincinnatti. He is a recipient of the ARJE Distinguished Educator Honor.

To view reference material from this webinar, click here.

Talking About Terrorism: An ARJE Response Webinar 12-4-2015 from ARJE on Vimeo.

Gender Identity and the Inclusive Educational Community with Keshet

December 2, 2015
Daniel Bahner

Keshet LogoFrom the rise of transgender celebrities such as Chaz Bono, Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, and most recently, Caitlyn Jenner, to the high profile televisions shows featuring transgender characters, such as Orange is the New Black and Transparent, there is a growing awareness of the experiences of transgender individuals in our communities. Naturally, this raises a number of questions on how we can make our communal and educational spaces inclusive of the experience of transgender individuals. What are the issues that we as educators should we aware of? What ideas and strategies can we use to create learning environments that will work for everyone, including students who may be questioning their own gender identities? In this webinar, participants will develop a common language when describing the transgender community and their experiences, as well as leave with concrete tools and best practices to support transgender individuals in their classrooms.

Gender Identity and the Inclusive Educational Community 12-2-15 from ARJE on Vimeo.

Reflections on the World Zionist Congress and Prayers for Peace in Israel: An ARJE Response Webinar

October 30, 2015
Lori Sagarin and Rabbi Josh Weinberg

Please join us as Lori Sagarin, RJE, past-president of the ARJE and a delegate to the recent World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, and Rabbi Josh Weinberg, President, ARZA, share their impressions of the Congress, update us on decisions made, reflect on the mood in Israel and share where we go from here. Rabbi Laura Novak Winer, RJE, ARJE President, will lead us in blessings and prayers for Israel as we prepare to enter Shabbat.

Reflections on the World Zionist Congress and Prayers for Peace in Israel: An ARJE Response Webinar 10-30-15 from ARJE on Vimeo.

Spring 2015 Webinar Series: The Flipped Classroom

February 24, 2015

What is the Flipped Classroom, and why do we hear so much about it? How is it the same or different from Blended Learning?
What new pedagogies and possibilities have been created with these technology related trends? How are these being applied to Jewish Education?
Learn the answers to these questions, and how technology gives us new ways of thinking about space, time and relationships.

Join us for this 4-part Webinar series. We will hear from a scholar in the field; from important contributors to online Jewish content including G-dcast and Torah Aura; and from educators who are investigating and pioneering these new pedagogies in Jewish education.

Session 1: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The Flipped Classroom 2-24-15 from ARJE on Vimeo.

Session 2: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The Flipped Classroom 3-10-15 from ARJE on Vimeo.

Session 3: Tuesday, March 17, 2015
The Flipped Classroom 3-17-15 from ARJE on Vimeo.

Session 4: Tuesday, March 31, 2015
The Flipped Classroom 3-31-15 from ARJE on Vimeo

Fall 2014 Webinar Series: Alternative Models of Jewish Education

November 5, 2014
Isa Aron, PhD

Brought to you by NATE’s Professional Learning/Continuing Education Committee

From camps, projects, family programs, quests, and more, many alternate models of learning within the synagogue structure have emerged over the past 29 years. In this three-session series, we will uncover the history of these developments; learn about the research and scholarship supporting alternative models; explore new practices in the field; and discuss which of these innovations may be most relevant and generative for us in our own settings. Featuring Dr. Isa Aron, Professor of Jewish Education at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education (RHSOE) of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), as well as an array of educators sharing their program models.

This was a 4-part webinar series. To view slides from the series, click here.

Session 1: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Fall 2014 Webinar Series: Non-School Models of Jewish Education (Session 1) 11/5/2014 from ARJE on Vimeo.

Session 2: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Non-School Models of Religious Education 11-12-14 from ARJE on Vimeo.

Session 3: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Non-School Models of Religious Education 12-3-14 from ARJE on Vimeo.

Session 4: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Non-School Models of Religious Education 12-10-14 from ARJE on Vimeo.

Learners, Families, and Us: What the New Era of “Prosumerism” Means for Jewish Education

November 17, 2011
Jonathan S. Woocher

Social commentators have noted that we’ve moved from an age of passive consumption to one in which individuals are increasingly playing an active role in shaping their own experiences. in principle, Jewish education has always been an endeavor in which we should be encouraging learners and families to be actors on the stage, not watchers in the audience. But, reality has often fallen short of that ideal. Now, we may not have a choice, as both learners and their families seek to have a voice in determining what, where, when, and how they learn. how can we actively empower both learners and families to become co-producers of 21st Century Jewish education? what does this mean for what and how we teach and how we organize and manage our synagogues and schools?

Learners, Families, and Us: What the New Era of “Prosumerism” Means for Jewish Education from ARJE on Vimeo.

What Does it Mean to Teach Israel?

June 2, 2011
Rabbi Marc Rosenstein

In partnership with URJ Press, NATE presents Rabbi Marc Rosenstein discussing “What does it mean to teach Israel?”.

Israel is a key component of Jewish education, but how do you help students connect to Israel in a way that goes beyond the headline or travelogue approach, and do so from a Reform perspective?

NATE Meet the Author Webinar: What Does it Mean to Teach Israel? from ARJE on Vimeo.

The Hidden History of Identity and Technology

May 19, 2011
Ari Y. Kelman

What does Jewish identity have to do with technology? Quite a bit. Before facebook and photo sharing, before personal blogs and personalized playlists, Jewish identity became one of the most popular refrains in Jewish education. But how did this happen? What does Jewish education have to do with identity, anyhow? And what does technology have to do with it? Exploring the story of identity and technology in Jewish education by looking at its past can tell us important things about its future.

The Hidden History of Identity and Technology with Ari Kelman from ARJE on Vimeo.

Where Do We Stand in a Virtual Classroom?

October 8, 2010
Ari Y. Kelman

Education is no longer about information. NYU is planning on making lectures available on video in order to free professors up to be “curators.” Likewise, students, it seems, are having a hard time managing the culture of cut-and-paste with respect to plagiarism. Where do these changes leave us as Jewish educators? How can our institutions and our roles adapt to these new circumstances?

Recommended Readings:

NATE Continuing Education Webinar: Where Do We Stand in a Virtual Classroom? from ARJE on Vimeo.

The Spirituality of Welcoming with Dr. Ron Wolfson

April 21, 2010
Ron Wolfson

Join us for a NATE Meet the Author Webinar co-sponsored by Jewish Lights Publishing: The Spirituality of Welcoming with nationally renowned teacher Dr. Ron Wolfson.

NATE Meet the Author Webinar: The Spirituality of Welcoming with Dr. Ron Wolfson from ARJE on Vimeo.

Community Organizing For Educators

February 24, 2010
Jonah Pesner

Join Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the founding director of Just Congregations, for a webinar discussing how we, as educators, can use the principles of broad-based community organizing to build deeper relationships in our schools and congregations, as well as strengthen relationships between our schools/congregations and the broader community. In this webinar, Rabbi Pesner will discuss processes for making change, making a difference, and making community.

Community Organizing For Educators: A NATE Continuing Education Webinar from ARJE on Vimeo.

Kiddush Cups and Trampolines: American Jewish Identity Formation for the 21st Century

October 5, 2009
Tali Zelkowicz

Join us for a playful but rigorous exploration of fragility and durability in liberal Jewish American life.

How fragile or durable are each of the American Jewish educational cultures in which we teach and learn? Where can we “jump and bounce” and most importantly, what happens when we can’t? Join us for a playful but rigorous exploration of fragility and durability in liberal Jewish American life, and a revisiting of what “Jewish identity” is in the first place.

Kiddush Cups and Trampolines: American Jewish Identity Formation for the 21st Century from ARJE on Vimeo.