Creating value in Adult Jewish Education
The nature of adult Jewish education today is such that classes are often an ad hoc collection of what the Rabbi has taught before and whatever visiting scholars the Education Director is able to find. The Jewish Learning Lab seeks to improve on that model by taking the existing strengths of the available teachers and shaping them into a curriculum that takes the learner on a directed path of learning rather than an unconnected series of lectures designed to provide information to those attending.
We believe that a comprehensive adult education curriculum is essential to any community and that learning does not end after college.
We believe that every community should have a variety of classes that include biblical and rabbinic text-based courses as well as classes in Jewish history, thought and culture.
Rabbi Avi Finegold is an educator who has worked in both high school and adult settings for the past 10 years. He began to see a need for an organization that acts as consulting educators on-call and founded the Jewish Learning Lab to fill this need. He blogs at howsyourneshama.com and at avtherav.tumblr.com.