New, exciting, and innovative experiential learning programs are cropping up across the Jewish world; some are happening within our own Reconstructionist movement. This class will focus on exciting experiential youth education programs that combine the best of camp experiential learning and non-traditional congregational schools.
You can download the audio recording of this call by clicking here: http://jrf.org/node/2704
Rabbi Jeffrey Eisenstat is a 1976 graduate of RRC, and holds a bachelor of arts from Pennsylvania State University and a master's in education from Temple University. He has served as a congregational rabbi in State College, PA; Philadelphia; and Plantation, FL; and as Hillel director at Penn State, where he taught in the religion department. In the early 1990s, Eisenstat was congregational services director at the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation and also was an instructor in education at RRC. Over the past 30 years, he has been involved in directing numerous schools and camps. He helped create the first North American family camp, Israel family education trips and youth programs for the Reconstructionist movement. He is a recipient of the Rabbi Ira Eisenstein Lifetime Achievement Award and is the Founding Director of youth and camping for Noar Hadash and Camp JRF. His publications include Reconstructing Jewish Education: A Process Guide, The Reconstructionist Teaching Model and Family Davening, as well as several musical albums. Currently, he serves the Reconstructionist Movement as the Director of Special Initiatives and continues to work with JRF congregations directing its “Camp to Shule” program.
Rabbi Carrie Vogel is the Experiential Educator at Kehillat Israel (Pacific Palisades, CA). She runs the “Jewish Experience,” which is a full day of experiential Jewish learning each month at a local camp.
Rabbi James Greene is a 2008 Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC) graduate. During his time at RRC, Rabbi James worked as a student rabbi and youth director for several communities and was the Director of Education and the Director of Music for Camp JRFduring the summer of 2007. Rabbi James currently serves as Rabbi and Educational Director at Temple Beth Sholom in Salem, Oregon and is the Secretary of RENA, the Reconstructionist Educators of North America.