Planting The Seeds For Belonging With Your Teens

The Jewish Education Project
March 26, 2024

For Teen/Tween Jewish Educators 

In Partnership with RootOne

As found in The Jewish Education Project’s 2019-2020 Census, the “top goal across all supplementary schools was to help students develop a sense of belonging to the Jewish people.” Creating a sense of belonging to the Jewish people may, in fact, be more important now than ever before. This work takes time to grow and cultivate – but we can plant the seeds today. Join Eliana Rubin, Education Manager, DEI and Belonging (Jewish Education and Engagement), to explore what reimagining being an inclusive community looks like in practice through brainstorming, role-playing, and building short-term action plans that lead to long-term effective change.

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Eliana Rubin
Eliana Rubin

Eliana Rubin (she/her) is a queer and trans artist and educator. She aims to help people better understand themselves and the world around them through Jewish, theatre, and inclusive education. Eliana is a proud employee of The Jewish Education Project, serving as Education Manager, Inclusive Models. She is a graduate of HUC-JIR, where she received her Master of Educational Leadership. Eliana also received her BFA from NYU / Tisch (ETW). Eliana is a musician, playwright, and screenwriter, and enjoys intertwining her artistic and Jewish passions through her creation of Jewsicals (Jewish musicals), short musical numbers centered around Judaic texts. She will never say no to a bag of movie theater popcorn.

Erica Hruby
Erica Hruby

Erica Hruby is a Jewish educator with over 28-years of teaching, curriculum writing, and professional development experience in Jewish community, academic, and residential environments. Erica serves as the Senior Manager of National Teen Education and Engagement at The Jewish Education Project, formerly the Executive Director of JTEEN - Jewish Teen Education & Engagement Network. She is also the founder of Anchored Parenting, LLC where she serves as an educator and coach for tw/eens, parents, and grandparents. Erica has an M.A. from Georgia School of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology with a focus on children and adolescents. She lives in Clearwater, Florida with her high school sweetheart with whom she shares two daughters.



  • Educator Training
  • Teen Engagement