“Creating Meaningful Connections.”

July 13-23, 2017 AND July 5-15, 2018

The Seminar

The Bergman Seminar for Progressive Jewish Educators is an intensive 10-day program for Progressive Jewish Educators from around the world, combining classroom and text study with site visits in Jerusalem and around Israel that will bring the texts and ideas to life.

The seminar’s multidisciplinary curriculum incorporates several conceptual approaches to culture, spirituality, language, history and memory. The seminar will focus on the multitude of Jewish narratives inside and outside the Land of Israel, and play off the creative tension that has existed between Israel and Diaspora communities throughout Jewish history as well as today. The faculty will include some of Israel’s finest teachers, offering an extraordinary opportunity for intellectual exploration.

Price: $1000 for 1 person – $1500 for two people from same school/congregation.

Including hotel, program and most meals. Not including airfare. Limited subsidies available.

For more information contact the Saltz Center [email protected]

To fill out the application, click here


By meeting and studying with fellow educators from around the Jewish world, seminar participants connect with Progressive Jewish communities worldwide, form powerful bonds with the State of Israel and strengthen their own educational and pedagogical skills as well as Jewish knowledge.

Participants come from communities around the world: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden and the United States.


The seminar challenges and motivates Jewish educators about Israel and world Jewry, creating a deep and meaningful connection to bring back to share with their students. The seminar emphasizes the three central components of Jewish existence-the Jewish people, the Torah and the Land of Israel. Participants will gain

knowledge about Israel as a Jewish state, a deeper understanding of Jewish history, diverse pedagogical skills and methods through learning from each other, communications skills in interacting with other cultures, Jewish textual skills and liturgical skills.

Seminar Follow-Up

The purpose of the Bergman Seminar is to allow educators to connect with Israel and with world Jewry on both a professional and personal level. The seminar offers a variety of approaches to teaching about Israel and Diaspora through the lens of Progressive Judaism. After the seminar, participants will return to their educational institutions and classrooms with a deeper knowledge, a stronger sense of commitment and a greater understanding of the complexity of the Jewish state and the Jewish World. Once back in their educational settings educators will employ the curricula that they developed while on the seminar.

Bergman Progressive Jewish Educators’ Seminar Sample Itinerary – subject to change

Day 1

  • Welcome program at Beit Shmuel – ice breakers With Rabbi Steve Burnstein & Paul Liptz
  • Dinner at Beit Shmuel
  • Aims & Goals of program, With Steve Burnstein and Prof. Paul Liptz
  • Overnight: Mercaz Shimshon

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Creative Tfila and framing of the role of Israel in Jewish life and Jewish education (including text study) With Rabbi Steve Burnstein
  • Leave Beit Shmuel
  • “Framing Jerusalem” A tour of the Old City with Steve Israel
  • Lunch on own
  • Depart for Kehilat Har El
  • Kabbalat Shabbat at Kehilat Har El
  • Shabbat Dinner
  • Oneg
  • Overnight at Mercaz Shimshon

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Shabbat Tfilot at Hebrew Union College or other…
  • Shabbat lunch at Beit Shmuel
  • Text study on the centrality of Israel in Jewish Life
  • Seudah Shlishit – learning about our communities
  • Havdalah & free evening
  • Overnight at Mercaz Shimshon

Day 4

  • Creative Tfilot with Rabbi Steve Burnstein
  • Ethical and Ethnic Dilemmas & Israel Education with Sally Klein-Katz
  • Study tour of the Tower of David Museum
  • Meeting with Hela Lahav – Israel Reform Movement Education department YACHDAV mifgash program
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight at Mercaz Shimshon

Day 5

  • Creative Tfilot with Rabbi Steve Burnstein
  • Visit to Ganei Chayim IMPJ Pre-School
  • Lunch at Beit Shmuel
  • Tour of Herzl Museum and Workshop at the Herzl Center
  • Transfer to Tel Aviv
  • Free evening with Jewish Geography Game
  • Dinner on own
  • Overnight at Gilgal Hotel, Tel Aviv

Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • Depart for Ein Shemer
  • Visit the Ein Shemer Greenhouse and Workshop: An innovative Environmental Education program
  • Lunch at Kibbutz
  • Travel to Tzipori
  • Tzipori – Judaism in Transition with Makom BaGalil
  • Arab Jewish Youth Circus at Biane (Makom BaGalil)
  • Dinner
  • Return to Hotel

Day 7

  • Creative Tfilot with Rabbi Steve Burnstein
  • Travel to Ramle for meeting with Arab-Jewish Summer Camp
  • Lunch in Ramle at Samir’s Restaurant
  • Educator Seminar at Neot Kedumim
  • Return to Tel Aviv
  • Free evening and dinner on own
  • Overnight in Tel Aviv

Day 8

  • Breakfast
  • Creative tfilot with Rabbi Steve Burnstein
  • Many Faces of Israel tour of Jaffo with Helen Gottstein
  • Drama Workshop with Helen Gottstein
  • Lunch on own and free time
  • Group Processing Session
  • Na Lagaat Center for the Deaf and Blind – Dinnner at Café Kapish followed by Show
  • Return to Hotel

Day 9

  • Breakfast
  • Creative Tfilot Led by Group
  • Tel Aviv Graffiti Tour and art workshop with Niro Taub
  • Lunch on own
  • Optional tour of Tel Aviv Craft fair
  • Kabbalat Shabbat with Beit Tfila Yisraeli at Tel Aviv Port
  • Shabbat dinner at hotel
  • Oneg Shabbat
  • Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 10

  • Breakfast
  • Shabbat Tfilot led by group
  • Lunch
  • Break
  • Processing Session led by participants and Seuda Shlishit (snacks provided by participants)
  • Havdalah
  • Free evening
  • Overnight: Tel Aviv

Day 11

  • Breakfast
  • Tfilot
  • Check out of rooms
  • Closing session – Bringing it home!
  • Closing ceremony led by participants