The growth of Jewish schools is the single largest change in the UK Jewish community over the last twenty years with over 34,000 children educated in 117 Jewish schools. This means that our schools play an essential part in influencing the next generation’s Jewish identity.
The Jewish Leadership Council’s (JLC) report in 2008 on ‘The Future of Jewish Schools’ and subsequent report ‘The Future of Jewish Schools: Three Years On’ recognised this major shift required a serious and thoughtful response to help schools shape their strategic future, and thereby strengthen Jewish life in the UK and in 2012 Partnerships for Jewish Schools was established.
Every Jewish school is different, with its own ethos, goals and values. We believe that this diversity should be celebrated, and that as a community we should be proud of the options we give parents to find the best fit for their child.
PaJeS seeks to identify the areas in which Jewish schools can work together, and to provide them with high quality support, services and strategy to help them achieve their goals. We work with over 100 Jewish primary and secondary schools across the UK and our curriculum materials are being taught in over 50 schools. Our work can be split into four key areas:
1. Supporting school infrastructure
2. Training and recruiting the next generation of teachers
3. Creating curriculum and providing professional development
4. Developing school leaders
PaJeS envisions a world in which all Jewish schools are inspirational centres of learning. Together, we believe that we can create a generation of engaged, educated and enthusiastic young Jewish people.
Lead is an exciting leadership innovation which has been established as a community-wide resource to help transform Jewish community leadership. As a division of the JLC, Lead looks to develop and inspire current community leaders as well as emerging community leaders.
We develop leaders with ambition, ability and authenticity to lead our vibrant and vital Jewish community.
We aim to:
- Establish leadership development as a key driver for the creation of a vibrant and vital Jewish community
- Develop our community’s lay leaders at each stage of the leadership lifecycle
- Invest in development of our community’s professional leaders
We will do this by:
- Ensuring leadership development is highest calibre, drawing on global best practice and broad perspectives, making global leadership connections and producing powerful thought leadership
- Contributing actively to the diversity of community leadership by ensuring that programme participation and presenters include a wide and diverse range
Our current programmes include:
Reshet (meaning ‘network’ in Hebrew) is a small unit, established by UJIA and the Jewish Leadership Council, to bring together organisations and professionals in informal Jewish education and improve this vital provision.
The initiative is working with informal Jewish educators in schools, synagogues, youth movements, organisations and clubs across the UK, boosting engagement with young people now and for future generations. With Reshet’s support, educators are building strong Jewish identities and creating opportunities for young people who are eager to lead and are committed to engagement with Israel.
Through its network, Reshet facilitates high quality educational, training and development opportunities, strategic planning, Jewish youth work advocacy and promotion fundraising support for 2,000 professionals.
The Reshet website shares information about an array of informal Jewish activities provided by youth organisations, offers free downloadable educational resources and is a central place advertising jobs in the field.
For more information, please contact [email protected]
A joint project between the Jewish Leadership Council and UJIA.