Jewish Informal Education

Jewish Informal Education

Some of the most challenging and inspiring Jewish learning occurs outside the formal classroom setting — on a bus tour through Israel, around a campfire or during havdalah on a synagogue retreat.

By using the setting and social group as a natural starting point, educators introduce learners, in a very personal way, to Jewish concepts. For adolescents, in particular, experiential education is one of the most effective means to build identity and an understanding of Jewish living.

Certificate in Jewish Informal Education, Youth Leadership and Camping (18 credits)

This certificate program prepares you to serve as an effective leader of experiential educational institutions and programs. Designed for youth directors, synagogue program directors, Jewish camp leaders, Israel program leaders and trip leaders, the curriculum focuses on the content, methodology and leadership skills that Jewish educators need to maximize the "teachable moment" that is the essence of experiential education.

Course of Study
Models of Teaching 3 credits
Lifespan Development 3 credits
Seminar in Informal Education 3 credits
Case Studies in Experiential Jewish Education 1 credit
Two electives, including one EDUC pedagogy/content course 6 credits
Field experience 2 credits









MJEd Option

Graduate credits earned toward the Certificate in Jewish Informal Education, Youth Leadership and Camping may be applied toward the Master of Jewish Education, upon approval of the academic advising faculty. Additional application materials are required for admission to the MJEd program.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year college or university
  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts 
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Demonstrated proficiency in reading and comprehension of basic biblical Hebrew texts as well as a working knowledge of fundamental modern Hebrew