Professional Learning Webinars

Engaging Parents and the Community at Large

March 10, 2019

Project Based Learning Webinar Series
Session 1: Engaging Parents and the Community at Large
Sunday, March 10, 6pm ET / 3pm PT
With Liz Levin and Lori Green, RJE

The URJ and the ARJE are excited to offer three learning opportunities for teachers who facilitate Project Based Learning models. Through three sessions, we hope to network teachers and provide them with a sense of strength, meaning, and purpose in their PBL work. By gathering a group and learning with experts from around the country, we will be able to compare how PBL operates in different communities and be inspired by one another. Join us as we extract best principles of PBL and consider how they might impact the values in your own community. Please note that sessions are stand-alone, enabling you to attend whenever you can. You will need to register individually for each session. Sessions are intended for those who have some teaching experience in Project Based Learning or are seriously considering a PBL model in their congregation.

Liz Levin currently serves as the Director of Kesher Cambridge, located in Somerville, MA. Kesher is a nationally-acclaimed, independent after school program that is an alternative to traditional Hebrew School for ages 5 and up. Children learn Jewish culture and modern Hebrew language as an organic part of each day’s explorations, in a spirited, joy-filled environment. From 2010-2018, Liz served as the Temple Educator at Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, MA. There she oversaw all aspects of Jewish education, including Religious School, Family Education, Young Families programming, Adult Education, and B’nei Mitzvah tutoring.

Liz grew up in Baltimore in an active Jewish family. She went to an Orthodox Jewish Day School, became Bat Mitzvah at a Conservative synagogue, and attended a Labor Zionist summer camp. As a teen, Liz began working in Jewish education as a tutor and youth group counselor, and she has been working in education ever since. Liz attended college at McGill University in Montreal where she was a History and Religious Studies major. She holds a Certificate in Jewish Informal Education, Leadership, and Camping from Hebrew College and a Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners from Cambridge University. Liz earned her MA in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College in 2014 and has been running formal and informal Jewish educational programs in the Boston area for over a decade. Liz lives in Waltham with her husband and three young daughters.

Lori Green is enjoying her 20th year serving as Education Director for Temple Sholom in Broomall, PA. Lori holds an EMA in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR as well as receiving the title of RJE. Lori is a member of ARJE and is currently in the iFellows program at the iCenter. At the Rimon program of Temple Sholom, Lori strives to foster commitment to relevant and authentic Jewish learning through Project Based Learning and Experiential Learning. Nurturing voice and choice, personal meaning, and a sense of community for all learners all through Jewish values and texts are features of the Rimon program.