Professional Development Grants

Our professional development grants provide opportunities for Jewish educators in the Greater Hartford area to learn new skills, advance their knowledge, and get creatively inspired. Education can be onsite, ongoing, or via a conference. Learning may include:

  • Online workshops
  • Unique courses suited to your teaching needs
  • Inviting a speaker to your school
  • Traveling as a group to an exhibit

Click here to download a professional development grant application.

Mitnick Jewish Education Conference

The annual Deborah and Morton Mitnick Jewish Education Conference is an opportunity for Jewish educators in Greater Hartford to come together for professional development and community building.

Partially supported by a grant from the Deborah and Morton Mitnick Jewish Education Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, this conference honors Deborah and Morton Mitnick, Greater Hartford Jewish residents who shared a love of learning and education.

Past conferences have included:

  • 2015 Learner Centered Teaching with Professor Zachary Lasker
  • 2014 Teaching Matters with author and speaker Matthew Dicks
  • 2013 Embracing Change

To learn more, please contact Carrie Berman.

NEXT - New Excellent Teacher Training with Gratz College

Through the generosity of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, the Commission on Jewish Education and Leadership (CJEL) partners with Gratz College to provide free, high quality, online classes for supplementary school educators. The classes cover a wide range of Jewish knowledge and pedagogic skills and are an effective and inexpensive way to support supplementary school education in our area. You can find registration and other information here or contact Carrie Berman.

Dr. Alfred Weisel Grants for Innovative Programming

Every year, teachers and schools have the opportunity to apply for a $500 grant from the Alfred and Helen Weisel Education Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation. These grants were established to assist schools, synagogues, and institutions in expanding educational opportunities for students and families. The grants help teachers create new and exciting programs for each school year.

Recent grantee programs include:

  • Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation – Emek Shalom - Shabbat Shule-In for Grades 5 & 6
  • Hebrew High School of New England - Shabbatonim: Iym Ayn Ani Li, Mi Li
  • Congregation Beth Israel - PreK Family Program
  • The Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy - Al Tashlichenu l’Eit Ziknah, Do Not Forget Me in My Senior Days: Intergenerational Jewish Bonding

Innovative Program Recognition

Every year, CJEL recognizes schools and/or individual teachers who have made an impact on their school and community with innovative programming for students and families. We do this via Innovative Program Awards and Innovative Family Program Awards. The Greater Hartford Jewish community also takes great pride in the number of teens who stay on as aides and role models in their congregational schools after becoming B’nai Mitzvah. We recognize these students through the Uniquely Effective Madrichim, or teen aides, Awards.

Consultation and School Services

CJEL staff is happy to provide schools with consultation services. Through our CJEL Star membership, schools receive up to four professional development session for their teachers. CJEL consultants are also available to observe teachers, visit schools, and provide educational resources to local educators regarding lessons and curriculum, professional development, and strategic planning.

CJEL also assists schools and teachers with staffing needs and job placement. Resumes may be sent to Carrie Berman to be forwarded to the Jewish schools any time throughout the year.