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NRJE Board Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2016 election of new members to the Executive Board of NRJE. We will be electing two new board members for two-year terms. 

The work of the Executive Board is critical to the success of NRJE, and we encourage you to nominate colleagues you think can make a contribution to this effort. Self-nominations are accepted, encouraged, and even celebrated. Please send your nominations to Rabbi Melissa Zalkin Stollman, NRJE coordinator, at

Upon receipt of nominations, Ben Jacobs, the Election Chair, will contact nominees to confirm their interest in the position and to obtain and a brief biographical sketch for the ballot. 

The nomination deadline is set for June 14, 2016.

NRJE Conference Registration Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that the registration form for the 2016 conference has been posted. The 30th Annual Conference will be held from June 14-16, 2016, at Towson University, in Maryland. Held in collaboration with the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry, the Conference will offer a unique opportunity to to engage with educational phenomena in all their manifestations, settings, and contexts, and to place our engagements with Jewish education in broader scholarly and social contexts, in an effort to continue challenging and advancing our field.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, June 1. Travel subsidies are also available.

Registration and other conference information can be found here.

Call for Papers for Upcoming Themed Issue of Journal of Jewish Education

Call for Papers for Upcoming Themed Issue of Journal of Jewish Education: “Start-ups and Entrepreneurism in Jewish Education”
Intents to submit requested by July 1, 2016, Manuscripts due by December 1, 2016.
The Journal of Jewish Education invites papers for a thematic issue highlighting research on the growing phenomenon of start-ups and entrepreneurism in Jewish education. Over the past decade, there has been an increasing number of creative initiatives in a wide range of Jewish educational contexts. We invite scholars to contribute to this issue in an effort to define and elaborate on this exciting and creative field within the international world of Jewish Education.
We are interested in receiving thoughtful scholarly research-based papers that can provide research about this enterprise and can advance the successful consideration of this subject from an empirical study.
We welcome papers from a range of disciplinary perspectives. Submissions are invited from historical, anthropological, sociological, educational, philosophical, and/or psychological perspectives, across methodological frameworks, and focused on both historical and contemporary sites. Potential topics might include but are not limited to:
The types of innovations in the development of the field,
· the forces, factors, institutions and dynamics that come into play regarding start-ups or entrepreneurism in a specific context or in comparative perspective,
· the challenges that arise in the course of educational entrepreneurism in Jewish Education
· the role of philanthropic policy and funding considerations in this enterprise
We will consider papers from a broad context of Jewish education initiatives, from formal to informal education, from established to new understandings of community across the lifespan from early education to adult and senior education.
Intents should be sent to and should include the name of the author(s), author contact information, and a working title.
Authors will be expected to submit their manuscripts by December 1, 2016. Manuscripts should be submitted according to the instructions for Authors available on line at the Journal of Jewish Education website.

Mentoring Seminar

June 15 & 16, 2016

Towson University, Towson, MD

On Wednesday evening, June 15, and Thursday, June 16, the Network for Research in Jewish Education, with support from the Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University, will hold a mentoring seminar and collaborative research workshop for emerging scholars (graduate students, recent PhD recipients, and junior faculty members).  Participants will hear from veteran researchers in the field and get to know each other and senior colleagues in small group settings, underscoring NRJE’s commitment toward advancing the professional development and research acumen of emerging scholars.

Sessions will include presentations and discussions about:

  • Productive Habits of Highly Respected Researchers
  • Diverse Modes of Disseminating Research Findings in Jewish Education
  • Individual Consultations with Peers and Mentors on Current Research and Methodologies

In addition, emerging and veteran scholars will have an opportunity to collaborate on a brainstorming exercise—a research think tank—on the subject of “Jewish Peoplehood and Jewish Education.”  The goal of this workshop-style activity is to generate new ways of thinking about and investigating hot-button issues in the contemporary Jewish education field.

All graduate students, junior faculty members, and early-career research-oriented practitioners who are members of NRJE are invited to apply. Priority will be given to graduate students who have completed their coursework and to junior faculty within four years of degree completion. NRJE/CASJE will provide participants up to $500 to help defray travel costs (limited to airfare, accommodations, and/or ground transportation).

Applications for participation in this seminar should be submitted by March 31, 2016.  Click here to complete the application.


In 1999, the Network for Research in Jewish Education established a fund designed to assist graduate students through annual grants in support of individual research projects. This grant

• is awarded yearly to individuals who are members of the Network
• is for an amount up to $3000
• may be used for expenses such as books and publications, travel (to conduct research or to attend conferences), technical and/or clerical support, and purchase of equipment.

Projects are evaluated for their quality of exposition, the potential for their goals to be realized, their engagement with relevant literatures, and for their contribution to the scholarship of Jewish education. Award-winning projects are ones that have the possibility to make significant advances in knowledge or in methodology that moves the field forward. Doctoral level students should have completed a proposal hearing or its equivalent.

By April 1, 2016, submit via email:

1. A description of your research project, including your institutional affiliation(s). (1800 words maximum) Please write an essay that is accessible to researchers across the many disciplines that comprise Jewish education.

2. A one- to two-page letter that explains

• your research progress to date
• how the Award funds will enable you to conduct/complete your research
• your anticipated timeline for the completion of your research project
• the anticipated impact of your research on the field of Jewish education
• the way in which the project and your career path will involve ongoing participation and contribution to research in Jewish education

3. A budget for the funds is requested. Be specific. [Please note that, in accordance with IRS regulations, recipients of the Emerging Scholars Award will be responsible, within two years of receipt of the award, for substantiating the use of funds in accordance with the permitted purposes, as listed above.]

4. The names of two faculty members or senior scholars in your field whom you have asked to submit Letters of Recommendation (to be sent directly to the Committee Chair via email).

The Awards Committee will acknowledge receipt of all applications and will request further information if necessary. The Emerging Scholar Award will be announced at the 2016 The Joint Conference on Jewish Education, co-sponsored by Network for Research in Jewish Education and the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. The conference takes place on June 14-16, at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. The recipient will discuss his or her research project at the conference.

More information can be found here.

Announcing the NRJE Research Award


  1. The NRJE Research Award recognizes an outstanding article or chapter in an edited volume by an untenured scholar. The author can be a junior faculty member or an administrator, practitioner, policy analyst, or researcher, who has received his/her doctorate within the past six years. Co-authored works are acceptable as long as the untenured researcher is the primary author.
  2. All nominations must be made through a formal application process. The process includes completion of an application by the author, submission of a curriculum vita, and the receipt of two references attesting to the excellence of the scholarship by experts in the field. The forms can be found on the NRJE website.
  3. The author must be a current member of the NRJE.
  4. The research can be linked to a dissertation or any other area of research as long as it contributes to the understanding of a significant educational issue or question applicable to Jewish education.
  5. The NRJE Awards Committee will review each application using the following criteria:
  6. Clarity of exposition
  7. Familiarity with relevant literatures
  8. Methodological rigor
  9. Potential to advance knowledge in the field.

The Committee can consult outside experts if necessary.

  1. The winner of the NRJE Research Prize is strongly encouraged to participate in the annual NRJE conference, during which the award will be presented. Registration fees for the conference will be waived as part of the NRJE Research Prize. The winner is also expected to participate in future activities of the Network.
  2. The winner is also encouraged to apply for NRJE travel awards to allow him or her to participate in the annual conference.

Applications should be directed to Harold Wechsler, Chair of the Awards Committee, by April 1, 2016. The prize recipient will be announced at the 2016 Joint Conference on Jewish Education, co-sponsored by Network for Research in Jewish Education and the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. The conference takes place on June 14-16, at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. The recipient will discuss his or her research project at the conference.

NRJE Blog is Live

Dear colleagues and friends,
We are pleased to announce the next iteration of NRJE’s newsletter, which we are shifting to a digital format and will now appear, updated approximately quarterly, on our website. Please visit two new pages making their debut, the NRJE Blog, featuring updates from Sylvia Barack Fishman, Conference Chair and Helena Miller, Journal Chair, and News from Our Members, with updates from the field from so many of our colleagues making strides in their own research.

​Also return regularly to our website for conference updates and other announcements, as we prepare to see each other at Towson State University in June, 2016.

Kol tuv,

Sara Shapiro-Plevan & Matt Williams

New Issue of the NRJE Newsletter

The NRJE Newsletter #43, Spring 205/5775 issue is now online. A special thanks to Michelle Lynn-Sachs, Newsletter Editor, for putting it together and thank you to all of the contributors as well.  Past issues of the newsletter can be found here.


New Address and Phone Number

Please note – we have a new address and phone number:

Network for Research in Jewish Education
4613 N. University Drive, #348
Coral Springs, FL 33067
513-815-NRJE (6753)

Journal of Jewish Education-Editor Search

Below please find a Call for Applications for the position of editor of the Journal of Jewish Education.  The Journal of Jewish Education, the journal of the NRJE, is published four times per year by Taylor & Francis, and has been the premier journal in the field of Jewish education for more than 80 years.

For this position, the NRJE seeks senior scholars with a broad perspective on the Jewish education enterprise, proven research, organizational, and editorial abilities, and a deep commitment to developing research and practice in the field.  The Search Committee is particularly interested in receiving applications from NRJE members in good standing (new members welcome!) who:

  • have a recognized publication record and scholarly reputation;
  • have experience with editorial work (e.g., journal or book editorships, editorial board memberships, conference program chairing, peer reviewing, etc.);
  • have excellent communication, organization, and management skills;
  • are independent in thought and judgment, while also adhering to the missions of NRJE and the JJE;
  • can reconceptualize aspects of the publication in response to feedback from the NRJE Executive and membership.

We hope you will consider this outstanding opportunity for leadership in the Jewish education field.  We encourage you, as well, to nominate colleagues and to forward this announcement far and wide.

Applicants submit: 1) a letter of application, 2) curriculum vitae, and 3) names, titles, and contact information (including e-mail) of three referees who are able to evaluate the applicant’s editorial abilities. The application deadline is September 22, 2014, though earlier applications are strongly encouraged. All applications must be submitted via e-mail to Benjamin M. Jacobs, Search Committee Chair,

Journal of Jewish Education–Editor search announcement–2014