The Lobel Teachers Colloquium is for experienced teachers, aspiring teachers, and educational leaders interested in exploring the ideas, aims, and methods of Jewish classical education. Below is an overview of the types of individuals we encourage to apply. Applications will be considered from any individual with a demonstrated interest in Jewish classical education.
Current Educators in History, Literature, and General Studies
Current full-time or part-time educators who teach history, literature, language arts, or other general studies subjects at Jewish day schools and yeshivas. This includes elementary, middle school, and high school teachers. While the classical education model has a special focus on the humanities, we also encourage math and science teachers with a strong interest in promoting classical education to apply as well.
Current Educators in Jewish Studies
Current full-time or part-time teachers in Judaic Studies—including Bible, Gemara, Jewish thought, and modern Hebrew. We are especially interested in teachers eager to explore the connection between Jewish ideas and Western civilization through the careful comparative study of Jewish and classical texts. We are also interested in Judaic studies educators and rabbis interested in expanding their teaching portfolio into general studies fields.
Aspiring Teachers Finishing B.A. or Graduate Degrees
Incoming teachers seeking to enter the field of Jewish day school education. Candidates will include current undergraduate and graduate students (M.A., Ph.D., Ed.D., etc.), as well as rabbinical students interested in bridging the world of Jewish and general studies.
Experienced Professionals Interested in Teaching Careers
Many professionals in other fields are interested in switching careers and entering the world of Jewish day school education. The Lobel Teachers Colloquium will give experienced and established professionals a pathway for launching a new career in Jewish classical education.
School Leaders and Department Chairs
Current heads of Jewish day schools and department chairs in key subjects, interested in exploring whether the Jewish classical approach to learning might be relevant at their home institutions.
Many lay leaders and Jewish day school board members have expressed an interest in bringing Jewish classical education into their existing schools or founding new Jewish schools shaped by the Jewish classical vision and curriculum. These colloquia will give interested lay leaders a deeper appreciation of how Jewish classical education works and what might be possible in their own communities.