About the Jewish Learning Innovation Corps

About the Jewish Learning Innovation Corps

About the Fellowship

The Jewish Learning Innovation Corps is a 1-2 year long service-learning fellowship for recent college graduates interested in Jewish education. JLIC fellows participate in weekly professional development, mentorship, and coaching work examining some of the latest approaches and pedagogies in Jewish education. In the afternoons, JLIC fellows work in the Edah afterschool program.

The First Year

Fellows are introduced to Studio 70’s philosophy and methods in intensive training sessions while simultaneously diving into hands-on learning in the Edah afterschool program. Highlights of the program include:


  • Weekly mentoring meetings with a senior educator
  • Discover what you’re passionate about and get support to grow
  • Teaching observation and feedback

Teacher Training

  • Pedagogy instruction, including inquiry-based learning, experiential education, Nonviolent Communication, and teaching for understanding
  • Classroom management tools
  • Site visits to observe experienced teachers

Professional Experience

  • Teaching to different ages and needs
  • Staff meetings and team problem solving
  • Create lesson plans and explore different educational approaches
  • Working in a lab-school setting where creativity and innovation are encouraged

The Second Year

Fellows build on and deepens the learning of Year 1 and includes continued mentoring with an eye to answering the questions:

“Where am I going? And what of the many paths in Jewish education is most interesting to me?”

Mornings (9:30 am-noon): Gather in the classroom to learn new teaching methods and prepare lessons for the afternoon. Meet with your mentor and reflect on what you observed from a recent site visit. Discuss challenges in teaching and strategies for addressing them.

Afternoons (1-6 pm): Reconvene after lunch for the daily huddle to review the afternoon’s plans and set-up for your lessons. At 1:30 pm, the afterschool program begins and the rest of the day is spent teaching and interacting with the children of Edah.

As a fellow you will:

  • Participate in a cohort of educators and make lifelong friends and colleagues.
  • Work with mentors to identify and develop your own personal passions in Jewish learning.
  • Spend mornings training in cutting-edge innovative pedagogies with an internationally recognized faculty.
  • Explore Jewish life and learning, Hebrew language, and self-discovery with children in grades TK-5.
  • Implement your learning as a teacher in the afterschool program.
  • Set and pursue personal goals for professional growth.

Key Info

Stipend: $30k + benefits
Application deadline: Rolling
Fellowship start date: August 1, 2019


Testimonial Quotation Mark

The Innovation Corps fellowship was the best experience I could have asked for out of University. Without having much background in formal education, Edah took me in, trained me and supported me on my path as a Jewish educator. The fellowship has pushed me to dream and stretch my boundaries, helping me uncover my passion in song leading and music. While being an educator can be challenging, I know Edah has my back and that is an incredible asset.

— Etai, 2016-18 Fellow

Testimonial Quotation Mark

We are constantly experimenting with the pedagogical tools we are learning, and this helps create a special atmosphere in which kids are encouraged to voice their opinions and listen to each other.

— Bat El, 2015-17 Fellow

Testimonial Quotation Mark

I was particularly inspired by the Philosophical Inquiry training and appreciate the opportunity to learn from an internationally renowned scholar and expert. Working at Edah has been a pleasure and has lead me to continual growth.

— Asher, 2015-17 Fellow

Apply to the Innovation Corps

Please upload and answer the required (*) files and question below

  • Cover Letter, CV (.pdf, .doc, .dox)*

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  • Resume (.pdf, .doc, .dox)*

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  • 1. Tell us about your experience as a Jewish learner (formal and informal Jewish education).

  • 2. Tell us about your experience as a facilitator of Jewish learning for others.

  • 3. Tell us about your level of spoken Hebrew.

  • 4. Tell us any specialized expertise or talents that you would be excited to share with kids and families (i.e., music, drama, sports, art, nature, etc.)

  • 5. Why you would like to participate in the Jewish Learning Innovation Corps?

Have questions about the Innovation Corps? Contact Rabbi Joshua Fenton