Choice-Based Model of Innovation
The Jewish Education Project
In Choice-Based Learning, congregations establish a set of broad learning requirements and opportunities for fulfilling them. Families, teens, and/or children select the time, the content and/or the approach to learning that interests them in order to meet those requirements. Learners select from a wide array of options from family travel, to visiting museums, to study groups provided by the congregation.
Temple Israel Center, White Plains, NY. In Havurat Torah each semester teens choose one va’adot (action committee), identify a real-life challenge, and build a project-based learning initiative around it.
Congregation Kol Ami White Plains, NY. Mesorah (tradition) is a choice-based model for 7th-12th graders that includes CORE learning and hands-on, experiential, project-based learning electives.
J-JEP is a multi-denominational collaboration between Beth Shalom, a traditional Conservative congregation, and Rodef Shalom, a Classical Reform congregation. The learning in J-JEP reflects the belief that no two households are the same.