Why The Certificate Program

  • “Through participation in the YU Certificate Program in Experiential Jewish Education, our senior staff member gained new insight, and is able to enrich the quality of experiential programming and deepen the professional development of educators in our community.”

    Dr. Seymour Kopelowitz, Executive Director, Jewish Education Center of Cleveland

  • “YU’s program provides an incredible breadth of learning and experience, with an amazing diversity of professionals. The three Hillel professionals who participated – from vastly different educational and Jewish backgrounds – each benefited in a different way. The program enables professionals with deep Jewish knowledge to learn how to package it and use this knowledge more effectively. The program also enables professionals with less background to gain critical skills in learning and informal teaching.”

    Abigail Dauber Sterne, Vice President for Global Jewish Experience, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

  • “Experiential Jewish Education is a field… a craft… a calling. But Experiential Jewish Education is more than that. I’ve learned that Experiential Jewish Education is a way of looking at how we live our lives and interact with the lives of others.”

    Rabbi Michael Davies, Rabbi, Congregation Dor Tikvah, Charleston, SC

  • “I learned that there is a way to take the impulse, the feeling from deep inside my stomach, and professionalize it. There is a way to take what I do so instinctively and put it into words in order to share my enthusiasm with my colleagues and learners.”

    Leah Maas, Teen Program Coordinator and Masa Israel Representative – Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, Israel Program Center


Experiential Jewish Education is
transforming the landscape of
Jewish education and Jewish
identity.  It is not only a passion,
it is a profession. The Certificate
Program trains outstanding Jewish
educators to reimagine and
professionalize the scope and
impact this field has on
the Jewish community.



The deadline to apply for
Cohort IV is February 17, 2014.