National Educators Institute (NEI) 2023

The Art and Science of Teaching Jewish History in America
August 21-23, 2023 (online)

Exclusively for Educators | Registration required
12-4 pm ET (9 am-1 pm PT) Daily
Fee: $75

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*Important note*
The registration and payment forms are separate; you must complete both!

Participants have described the experience as “eye-opening.” They “were BLOWN AWAY by the depth of knowledge and passion for the subject!” and left with “so much more to offer” their students.


What is it?

Attendees will

1) Expand how they understand and teach the experiences of American Jews, past, present, and future 

2) Learn new ways to inspire students’ curiosity and critical thinking through Museum practices and inquiry-based learning 

3) Engage with top scholars and practitioners in the field and develop professional connections with fellow teachers 

NEI participants will gain access to the many resources available from The Weitzman – all ready to be used in classrooms. The Institute focuses on methods that increase students’ ability to interpret primary sources, encourage rich dialogues in your classrooms, and help you build empathy among students, including the Museum’s innovative curriculum, OpenBook: Discovering American Jewish History Through Objects.  

Who conducts the training?

The Institute is directed by leading Jewish history and education scholars Dr. Benjamin M. Jacobs (George Washington University) and Dr. Jonathan Krasner (Brandeis University). 

During the Institute, you will connect with leading history and education experts, experiential learning, and innovative instructional methods. 2023 faculty include:  

Dr. Jonathan Krasner, Institute Director – Brandies University
Dr. Benjamin Jacobs, Institute Director – The George Washington University
Dr. Jonathan Sarna – Brandies University
Dr. Joshua Perelman, Chief Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Interpretation, The Weitzman
Dr. Adam Mendelssohn – University of Cape Town
Dr. Beth Wenger – University of Pennsylvania
Rachel Bergstein – Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Saul Kaiserman – Jewish Theological Seminary and Congregation Emanu-El, New York
Dr. Pamela Nadell – American University
Yehudah Potok – Facing History and Ourselves
Dr. Rachel B. Gross – San Francisco State University
Dr. Golan Moskowitz – Tulane University
Dr. Jenna Weissman Joselit – The George Washington University
Dr. Laura Leibman – Reed College
Claire Pingle – Chief Registrar and Associate Curator – The Weitzman
Rebecca Krasner – Associate Director of Education- The Weitzman


Who should register?

Any educator, curriculum developer, and/or administrator who wants to explore American history through a Jewish lens, particularly those working with 5th–12th graders. This includes people working in supplementary schools. Disciplines might include (but are not limited to) U.S. history, social studies, Jewish studies, humanities, English language arts, and the arts.  

Participation and fees

To create a powerful cohort learning experience, we ask for your participation in all Institute activities. The sessions will be held daily from 12-4 pm ET (9 am-1 pm PT). The fee for the entire program, and full access to the Museum’s educational resources and online collection, is only $75! 

Register today and join a growing network of educators nationwide using the Museum as a vital resource! 



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NEI is made possible through the support of



This initiative was made possible in part by funds granted by The Covenant Foundation; the statements made and views expressed, however, are solely the responsibility of the Museum. Leadership funding for NEI provided by the Lasko Family Foundation and an anonymous national foundation. Additional support provided by the Solomon and Sylvia Bronstein Foundation, Michele and Jeffrey Brotman, Robin and Bradford Klatt, The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, and Norma z”l and Abe z”l Shanzer.

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