The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) is honored to announce that the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS received an Ignition Grant from the Covenant Foundation in support of a new initiative to create a web-based long-distance teaching program for clergy and lay leaders.
The project, overseen by Rabbi Ute Steyer, will draw on the richness of the Jewish tradition in a multimedia study curriculum utilizing the latest technology to engage people around the country and support communities seeking greater training in the mitzvah of bikkur holim (visiting the sick). The Center for Pastoral Education's unique approach integrates the wisdom of the Jewish tradition with attunement to the ongoing needs of volunteers and professionals who devote themselves to the rigors of this mitzvah.
"This grant gives us the opportunity to develop an educational tool that brings together people in the mitzvah of Talmud Torah and provides a much-needed resource that will help them build and strengthen communities through caring for each other," says Rabbi Steyer, project director for the grant.
"Rabbi Steyer brings a unique combination of strengths to this exciting initiative," says Rabbi Mychal Springer, director of the Center for Pastoral Education. "She is deeply grounded in traditional texts, and has the technological and pedagogical savvy to create a model for a new generation of learners."
The Covenant Foundation will distribute a total of $1.6 million in Signature and Ignition Grants this year to Jewish organizations as part of its mission to foster excellence and impact in Jewish education. JTS congratulates the Center for Pastoral Education and all JTS alumni involved in organizations receiving Covenant Foundation grants, and celebrates this recognition of their outstanding work.
Of the 13 Signature Grants recently awarded by the Foundation, which provide funding for up to $250,000 for up to five years, five went to organizations that are led by or employ JTS alumni:
Of the eight Ignition Grants recently awarded by the Foundation, which provide up to $20,000 for one year to support "new and untested approaches" in Jewish education, five (including the Center for Pastoral Education at JTS) are led by or employ JTS alumni: