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Reshet-LA Innovators COP

Reshet-LA is an effort by the 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 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.  The Innovators COP 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. In Tier 1, members of the CoP attend additional sessions and receive regular coaching as participants in the program.  Tier 2 of the program includes the launching of innovative prototypes within their schools.  Six of the congregations who started last year in the first cohort will continue into Tier 2 during the 2018-19 academic year.  In addition, three to five new congregations will be brought as participants in the First Tier. 

Congregations Participating in Reshet-LA: Temple Emanuel of BH, Temple Ramat Zion, Akiba, Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Adat Ari El, Ahavat Shalom, Beth Hillel, Emanuel BH, University Synagogue, Temple Aliyah, Isaiah, Stephen Wise Temple, Sinai Temple, IKAR, Silverlake Independent JCC.

For further information about how your school can participate in this select program, please contact David Lewis, Director, Experiential Education and Engagement Services.

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