IR19: May 15-16, 2019, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court, Baltimore, Maryland

IR19 was a unique convening of Jewish communal provocateurs including educators, philanthropists, influencers and consumers committed to their role as change agents. The ultimate goal was to explore ways to help Jewish day schools across the continent reignite students’ passion for Jewish learning and improve the student learning experience around Jewish values, literacy, practice, and belief.

Under the theme, ‘Values Illuminating Actions,” IR19 participants discussed the misalignment of many Jewish day schools’ values and policies and explored possibilities for creating a culture change in schools across North America.

IR19 featured several unique sessions for a convening of this kind. On Wednesday evening, participants engaged with a “dinner theater simulation” about a day school’s crisis of values. On Thursday morning, participants chose among several presentations in a session titled, “Where Money Meets Mission: Provider-Funder Collaborations.” Noteworthy philanthropists and educational providers who partnered with them revealed the secrets to their successful collaborations on visioning and implementing Jewish educational innovation.

Trendsetters in Jewish education and noteworthy Jewish day schools across the country implementing standout innovations shared their work and engaged participants in discussion about program elements that are applicable to all schools.

Remarks and photos will be posted in coming days.

See you at JEIC’s 8th Annual Innovators Retreat on May 6-7, 2020.


The 2019 Innovators Retreat was sponsored by the Mayberg Foundation.