Young Professionals & LEEP Fellowship

Y ou love Jewish education, and you’re passionate about what you do, always dreaming up ideas about your community as well the big picture. At the same time, budgets are shrinking, guidance is lacking, and the educators your age are doing more jobs concurrently than any generation before, often for less pay and fewer benefits. What do you do? Come to NewCAJE!

Come to NewCAJE to:

  • Take real steps to actualize your dreams for Jewish education
  • Meet with your peers face to face to exchange knowledge and experience
  • Bring your own education to a higher level
  • Foster mentoring relationships with scholars and thinkers at the top of your field
  • Have a platform to advocate for optimal working conditions and benefits for yourself and your peers.

The Young Professionals Program provides social networking throughout the conference for educators 22-36.

LEEP is a two year intensive fellowship program for educators in the first 5 years of their career.

Explore the tabs above for the benefits and requirements of about each program.

Young Professionals are the future of Jewish Education. Veteran educators are eager to impart their knowledge and pass on their legacy to the next generation. At NewCAJE, YPs will experience the best the field has to offer and develop their own careers.

Benefits to you:

You receive:

  • Money off your registration, including housing and food.
  • A chance to apply for additional scholarship money to put towards your conference or travel expenses.
  • Personal mentorship from experts in your field.
  • Networking opportunities and social events with your peers and colleagues.
  • Admission to the closed Facebook group, a peer-to-peer sharing safe space.

YP Requirements

You must:

  1. be 22-36 years of age
  2. have previously attended fewer than three NewCAJE conferences.

You will:

  1. attend the conference. You must stay on campus and attend the conference in full.
  2. secure funding. We will advise you on how to ask your employer and your community for support but we do expect you and your employer(s) to contribute to registration costs.
  3. actively participate in YP events during the conference.

The Leadership for Emerging Educators Program (LEEP) is a fellowship for professionals at the beginning of their Jewish education journeys. Through mentoring, development, and collaboration, LEEPers create a strong community of practice that will last a lifetime.

The Program:

Pre-conference

Friday and Saturday: Your conference experience begins with an introductory LEEP session on Friday afternoon. Over Shabbat, you’ll get to know the other LEEPers, participate in services and other programs with the rest of the attendees, and begin to formulate your goals for the conference. On Saturday night, there will be fun social event. 

Sunday 9 am – 2 pm: On Sunday, participants meet in small mentoring groups, map out conference plans, and give each other feedback on workshop presentations. 

Conference

Sunday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon: During the conference, LEEPers gather for a few group meals, meet with mentors, and debrief sessions.

Post-conference

Wednesday afternoon: At the post-conference, participants use what they have learned to craft a year-long project that will enhance the field of Jewish Education (For example, the first LEEP cohort is researching retention among Jewish educators).

After you get home

During the year, you’ll work on your group project, check in with your mentor, read and contribute to the Facebook group’s discussion, and use everything you learned at NewCAJE!

Benefits to you:

You receive:

  • Money off your registration (main and shabbat), including housing and food.
  • A chance to apply for a travel grant for participants from places out of driving distance.
  • Focused sessions during the conference.
  • Personal mentorship from experts in your field.
  • Networking opportunities with your peers and colleagues.
  • Admission to the highly-effective closed Facebook group, a peer-to-peer sharing safe space.

LEEP Requirements

You must:

  1. be in the first 5 years of your career (excluding years in graduate school).
  2. have previously attended fewer than two NewCAJE conferences.

You will:

  1. attend the conference. You must stay on campus and attend the conference in full, including pre-conference Shabbat and post-conference programming, for this year and next year. No late arrivals or early departures are acceptable.
  2. secure funding. We expect you to raise funds for your participation. We will advise you on how to ask your employer and your community for support but we do expect you and your employer(s) to contribute to registration costs.
  3. pay nothing until you have been accepted to the program. Upon acceptance, confirm you are coming and complete payment.
  4. actively participate in all LEEP sessions and meetings during the conference and in the pre- and post-conference programs.
  5. propose a workshop for this conference and the next. In your first year, you may opt to present OR observe and debrief another workshop.
  6. volunteer at the conference.
  7. write a 500 word article for the Jewish Educator Journal after acceptance to the program.
  8. work with your peers on a 2 year-long project to benefit the field of Jewish Education (estimated commitment is two hours per week).
  9. attend a midyear retreat in the second year.

FAQs

FAQs:

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