Teacher Training Programs
The IMPJ offers a progressive perspective on the Jewish tradition. It advocates a deeply rooted Jewish identity, a way of life that combines Torah study with Derech Eretz, critical thinking with faith and tradition; a life that embraces pluralism, respect for different opinions, protecting the rights of others, gender equality and social justice.
- Acquaintance with pluralistic Jewish experiences (there is more than one way to be Jewish)
- Acquaintance with Jewish texts
- Experiencing Jewish learning in Hevruta
- Jewish learning through various disciplines (literature, texts, music, art etc)
- Developing a critical and creative reading of Jewish texts
The Education Department aims to empower the teachers through their own learning to take the programs into the classroom and teach them themselves.
Teacher Trainings deal with diverse and varied subjects:
- The Jewish calendar and Jewish holidays, Shabbat, Women in the Bible, Leaders and Leadership in Jewish culture, Democracy and Judaism, Class Bat Mitzvah Project, Jewish Israeli Identity, Jewish Music, Ceremonies, Tzedakah and Social Justice, A Jewish way of life in the Preschool, Seek Peace and Pursue it.
- The IPMJ Education Department also offers ceremonies and school events for teachers, parents and students for Hanukka, Tu Bishvat, Purim, Pesach, Shavuot, Rosh Hashana, Kabbalat Shabbat and Rosh Hodesh.