Reshet-LA is an effort by the URJ and BJE to stimulate and support innovation in synagogue schools in greater Los Angeles through workshops, mentoring, and a Community of Practice. The project is funded by the URJ and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
Reshet-LA launched in July 2017, and has worked with 21 educators in 15 congregations to begin the process of transforming their religious schools. A partnership between the URJ and BJE-LA, the project developed a model with four stages: listening to their community; creating a vision based on their learnings; experimenting with models that express that vision; and creating an ecosystem and culture that sustains and supports ongoing transformation.
The program uses workshops to help congregations develop readiness for this type of change process and a deeper Community of Practice (CoP) for those prepared to engage in such a process. Members of the CoP attend additional sessions and receive regular coaching as participants in the program. This year, we intend to continue to work with at least 9 of the current cohort, focusing on experimentation and creation and sharing of new models. Six new synagogues will be brought in as a second cohort of CoP members.
Congregations Participating in Reshet-LA: Kehillat Israel, Temple Emanuel of BH, Temple Ramat Zion, Santa Monica Synagogue, Temple Menorah, VBS, Akiba, WBT, Adat Ari El, Ahavat Shalom, Beth Hillel, Emanuel BH, Beth David, University, Beth Am, Aliyah, Isaiah, Beth El San Pedro, Menorah, SWT, Sinai.