“Without the work of ISJL, we would be talking about the Jewish community in parts of the South in the past tense.”
Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life
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Providing dynamic, trans-denominational Jewish programming for communities throughout the Southern United States.
Why It's In Slingshot
The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) works as a laboratory to develop methods that engage small and far-flung Jewish communities across the American South. ISJL has mastered this delicate process, continually evolving its programs to meet the changing needs of hundreds of partner communities, that are often underserved by other national Jewish organizations. A team of itinerant rabbis tours through isolated Jewish communities, making 90 visits to 44 communities across 13 states, and literally bringing Jewish life and learning to communities with no other access to these opportunities. ISJL has evolved from the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience, which preserves the memory of Jewish life in the South, and works to not only preserve the past but also ensure the future. While this model has proved its worth in the South, small and isolated Jewish communities across the United States can benefit from this type of connection. ISJL provides Jewish education to 3,000 children in 69 communities by offering a standard curriculum that allows teachers to create meaningful educational experiences for their students, while literally putting students across the South on the same page. ISJL also organizes community visits from education fellows, cultural speaking tours, and an annual conference for Jewish educators to master the curriculum. ISJL continually adapts its programs to meet the changing needs of its constituents, ensuring a rich future for Southern Jewish life.
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