The Jewish Learning Innovation Corps (JLIC) is a service-learning fellowship training the next generation of Jewish educators. The fellowship spans 1-2 years and aims to lead young educators through a process of revealing their talents, experiencing different methods in education and building their own “Torah” -- values and practices they will use as an educator. Fellows learn the latest methods and tools from an internationally renowned faculty.

First year fellows are introduced to Studio 70's philosophy and methods in intensive training sessions while simultaneously diving into hands-on learning in the Edah Afterschool classroom. Highlights of the program include:

  • Get to know yourself as a Jewish educator (why and how am I doing it?)
  • Learn different teaching methods and pedagogy (inquiry-based learning, experiential learning, visible thinking)
  • Learn and practice classroom management tools
  • Observe experienced teachers in different Jewish programs
  • Take a part in professional staff meetings dealing with dilemmas in the education process
  • Work with a curriculum that emphasizes different educational approaches
  • Learn to build lesson plans
  • Receive mentoring through a weekly meeting with a learning specialist and observation as a process of growth

The second year, which is by invitation, builds on and deepens the learning of Year 1 and includes continued mentoring with an eye to answering the question: "Where am I going and what paths in Jewish education am I interested in?"

The JLIC fellowship was the best experience I could have asked for out of University. Without having much background in formal education, Edah took me in, trained me and supported me on my path as a Jewish educator. The fellowship has pushed me to dream and stretch my boundaries, helping me uncover my passion in song leading and music. While being an educator can be challenging, I know Edah has my back and that is an incredible asset.  
-Etai, 2016-17 Fellow
We are constantly experimenting with the pedagogical tools we are learning, and this helps create a special atmosphere in which kids are encouraged to voice their opinions and listen to each other. 
-Bat El, 2015-17 Fellow
I was particularly inspired by the Philosophical Inquiry training and appreciate the opportunity to learn from an internationally renowned scholar and expert. Working at Edah has been a pleasure and has lead me to continual growth.  
-Asher, 2015-17 Fellow