Building Our Future: The Next Big Idea in Jewish Education
Farash Institute for Jewish Education is currently completing a six-month,
long-range strategic planning process to identify future programs. All of these
initiatives will continue to fulfill our mission of life-long Jewish learning
and engagement opportunities for our community.
have been researching the Jewish world for courageous, inclusive and innovative
ideas. Our process began with a thorough Internet search to identify
groundbreaking Jewish initiatives. Next, we completed phone interviews with key
Jewish community leaders across the U.S. and the
world to learn about educational opportunities.
We interviewed 24 local leaders who represent a wide range
of involvement with Jewish life in Rochester. In addition, we conducted two,
vibrant synergy sessions with 18 selected members of the Jewish community.
These creative, dynamic and non-traditional thinkers were diverse in background, community
involvement, and denomination. The resulting ideas were exciting, out of the
box, and reflective of the diversity of Jewish life, in addition to being
non-competitive with current programs.
Farash Institute Board of Directors is in the process of evaluating all of
these program ideas. We are thankful to all community members who shared ideas
and took part in a process where their voices could be heard. We look forward
to sharing our new program initiatives with the community in the year ahead.