Independent Educators Network

Facilitator: Rabbi Dena Klein
Format: Virtual

About this Network:

This national network is for Jewish educators working in both new and established independent learning programs, either as individuals or as part of a grassroots organization. This network elevates the work of grassroots Jewish learning initiatives to inspire, engage, and advance fellow and future independent educators. Our members provide Jewish learning rooted in our own unique visions of all things Jewish, while meeting each learner as an individual. The Independent Educator Network will  explore and define our role in the field of Jewish education, while diving into a variety of interest areas specific to our work. We will provide a platform for connection, idea-sharing, problem-solving, and consultation related to the particular challenges of leading independent educational programs. Network meetings are co-planned by members and the facilitator.

Additional Information:

This Network is designed for education directors who are leading an independent educational program for elementary age children and/or teens.


About the Facilitator:

Rabbi Dena Klein
Rabbi Dena Klein

Rabbi Dena Klein is the Senior Managing Director of Innovation and National Strategy at The Jewish Education Project, assisting educators in creating ground-breaking approaches to offer relevant, meaningful Jewish learning.  Rabbi Klein is a sought-after change consultant for congregations and other institutions interested in thinking differently about Jewish life. She has served as a presenter in a variety of settings and has advised congregations in leadership and curriculum development. Rabbi Klein has served as a rabbi of Chavurat Tikvah, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York City, and Temple Sinai of Roslyn. Rabbi Klein received her Rabbinic Ordination and Masters of Hebrew Letters from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, where she has also served as an adjunct faculty member. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.   


Thursdays, 1-2pm Eastern
Oct 26, Nov 30, Jan 18, Feb 29, Apr 11, and May 23
Rabbi Dena Klein
New members
Target audience
Independent Educator
Geographic regions
Area of work
After School and Beyond
Congregational Learning
Day Schools and Yeshivas
Early Childhood
Family Engagement
Teen Engagement