The Mitzvah Initiative invites participation from Conservative synagogues, Solomon Schechter day schools, Ramah camps, and other Conservative Jewish organizations.
In order to participate you should:
The Mitzvah Initiative has a unique approach to talking about mitzvah. At the orientation, you will learn the core principles of the project both strategic and pedagogic. The orientation is also for your own professional development; to learn about best practices in the field of adult education. It is also a chance to hear about how other congregations and institutions have customized their own projects. Ample time is given to study and work with the curriculum.
JTS has created the Mitzvah Initiative and made it available at no cost. There is no fee for the use of the curriculum. However, there is a registration fee of $100 per person for the orientation in addition to travel costs.
At the orientation you will receive one printed copy of the faculty guide and the student reader. You will receive a pdf file of the materials for printing. The size of these readers has been kept modest in order to keep costs and paper-use to a minimum.
Please note: some congregations, at their own discretion, may opt to engage outside faculty, which would of course incur an expense. Some congregations have charged a nominal tuition fee to cover local costs. During the year, you and your organization may also consult with the JTS Mitzvah Initiative lead educator with no additional cost.
There is a full array of texts, both classical and contemporary, written by scholars from The Jewish Theological Seminary and leading teachers, rabbis, young professionals, and thought leaders in the Conservative Movement today.