Professional Development for LBSY Teachers

Five members of the Louisville Beit Sefer Yachad (LBSY) faculty attended the NewCAJE Conference at the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT. Rabbi David Feder, Rachel Goldman, Ohad Holzberg, Cori Roth and Heidi Wolk participated in workshops which covered teaching Hebrew, Israel, Torah, holidays, working with madrichim, classroom management, tools for lesson planning and evaluation and more.

All five came back enthused and prepared to share what they have learned with the rest of the LBSY Faculty.

“It was a great educational conference where we learned a lot about teaching meaningful Jewish lessons that will engage our students,” said Roth. “It was a good networking experience and it was nice to be with a lot of other Jewish educators from around the country. We have a lot of new ideas to bring into the classroom.
NewCAJE is a resource for Jewish educators, taking the best from the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education, which closed several years ago, and building a new organization designed to meet the needs of today’s teachers.

This training was made possible by a grant from the Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence.

The NewCAJE conference capped a very busy summer for LBSY educators. Three teachers participated in the Partnership Teachers Seminar in the Western Galilee (see story from the July 24 issue of Community, available at, five teachers participated in the NewCAJE conference, and the faculty as a whole taking one dozen online courses through Gratz College.

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