News and Announcements

2021 Educator Awards Announced!

The Jewish Education Center is pleased to announce the recipients of their 2021 Educator Awards. The Awards will be formally presented at the JEC’s 28th Annual Celebration, to be held on March 6, 2022.

Early Childhood Educators Fight to Get Vaccinated

Jessica Robins, Early Childhood Director at the Mandel JCC, and Katie Theobald, Early Childhood Director at Temple Emanu El, are the leadership behind a campaign to get early childhood educators vaccinated sooner rather than later. They established a petition on that is heading to 15,000 signatures and since then have been interviewed by a number of media outlets including local TV stations, NPR and the CJN.

Hamantaschen Adds Sweetness to Purim Celebrations

Thanks to The Plain Dealer for writing such a sweet article about this past weekend's Young Adult Hamantashen baking event at lucy's sweet surrender bakery! We has so much fun and we are thrilled to be front page news! Check us out!

Listening to Our Tweens

Nachama Skolnick Moskowitz describes the JECC's exciting curricular work for tweens done in partnership with The Temple-Tifereth Israel and Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple

A Community Model for Supporting “Beyond the Classroom Experiences” by Judith Schiller, Director of the Retreat Institute of the JECC

Through our involvement with Shinui: The Network for Innovation in Part-Time Jewish Education, we have seen first-hand the benefits of sharing an effective model with colleagues. In this spirit, we are compelled to share the model of the Retreat Institute (RI), a program of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland (JECC) that receives generous support from the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. The RI supports congregations, schools, and other Jewish organizations plan and implement “beyond the classroom” experiences – uniquely impactful opportunities for deeper learning, community building, and for fostering a love of Judaism.

Eleven years in. Teens’ Engagement Starts Every Day – from Akiva Hebrew High School to @Akiva Teen Center and Back Again

For eleven years now we have been working very hard to transform the Akiva Hebrew High School into @Akiva, a center for teens. The transformation is ongoing. Ironically, the tale ends with a major project of @Akiva to further Hebrew literacy, professional development, and advocacy in the academic year 2015-16. In a certain, way it marks a curious coming full circle to the “hebraic home” of the project. Like all journeys, the path of innovation is more than linear.
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