The Jewish Learning Venture has received a Covenant Foundation grant to set up a national network intended to share innovative practices in supplementary Jewish education — otherwise known as Hebrew school.
The Melrose Park-based agency will receive $45,000 for the first year — and an additional $100,000 over two years, if the grant is renewed — to administer Shinui: The National Jewish Education Innovation Network.
Rabbi Philip Warmflash, the group’s executive director, said, “What we have learned is that it is possible to create a national structure without creating a national organization. This may be the way to look at national organizations in the 21st century.”
While the group will be administering the network, it will actually be a joint project among Jewish agencies in seven cities including New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.
The idea is to create a national, person-to-person network where educators can share ideas about what works and what doesn’t in supplemental Jewish education and to organize a series of regional and national conferences related to the topic.