The Bergman Seminar for Progressive Jewish Education is an intensive 10-day program for professionals in the fields of Education and Jewish Education 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.


July 4-14, 2019


  • $1,000 for 1 person – $1,500 for two people from same school/congregation.
  • Includes hotel, program and most meals, does not include airfare.
  • Limited subsidies available.
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By meeting and studying with colleagues in the field of education 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 professionals in the field education 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.


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