meeting the challenge
Our mission is simple: we want to make Jewish education better.
For thousands of years, Judaism has survived - and thrived - through the effective transmission of Torah from generation to generation. We have overcome every obstacle, and against all odds, we continue to pass down our sacred traditions today. A Jewish day school education provides the best opportunity to continue this tradition, and to ensure future generations have the ability to lead meaningful and enlightened Jewish lives.
Jewish education today, however, leaves much to be desired. In Judaism, we learn not compare ourselves to others, but only to ourselves. Why then should we continue to employ education practices that disenfranchise students, teaching them they aren’t as good at being Jewish as their peers? Why pass down our tradition in a way that does not fully embody our values?
We, the Jewish people, are some of the greatest thought leaders and entrepreneurs around the world. This is an issue that can be solved. JEIC was created to seek out solutions that work. JEIC evaluates proposals submitted by educators.
We fund innovative ideas so that they can be implemented in an existing middle or high school and thoroughly evaluated. We know we don’t have all the answers. But we know that by working together and supporting thoughtful experimentation, we can find them.
JEIC is a bold initiative to radically improve the quality of Jewish education in day schools across North America. We bring together educators, funders and consumers to pursue lasting school culture change through innovation, experimentation and collaboration. Initiated in 2012 by the Mayberg Foundation and supported through multiple philanthropic partnerships, JEIC seeks to reignite students’ passion for Jewish learning and improve the way Jewish values, literacy, practice and belief are transferred to the next generation.