2016 Conference

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.

Please note that housing will not be available on site.  Hotel recommendations can be found here.

The conference will bring together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in research-based conversations that will address contemporary issues, pressing concerns, and new opportunities in Jewish education and the communities in which it takes place.  We are looking forward to panels, workshops and conversations that address more traditional domains like curriculum, teaching and learning, schools, synagogues, and camps, in addition to research on broader questions of policy, financing, leadership, popular culture, museums, journalism, politics, and social media.

The Conference will be held mid-week, in order to allow for our third annual Emerging Scholar Seminar.  Organized in conjunction with Consortium for Applied Studies in Jewish Education (CASJE) and the Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education, the Seminar will be held during the conference, on June 15-16, and will provide an opportunity for mentoring, research, workshopping and discussion between senior and emerging scholars in the field.

The conference will be co-chaired by Dr. Sylvia Barack Fishman (Brandeis University), who will coordinate the program and Dr. Hana Bor (Towson University), who will oversee the arrangements.

Please register by Wednesday, June 1, 2016. It begins at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, June 14 and ends by 1:30 pm on Thursday, June 16.

Rates for the conference are:
$250 for the Full Conference
$175 for Retirees
$125 for one-day participation, local educators, and JEA or ARJE members
$100 for Graduate Students

If you plan to drive you will need to purchase a parking pass for $6 as well. Our event takes place in the College of Liberal Arts, at Towson Town Boulevard and University Avenue. The parking garage is directly across the street.

Directions to Towson Campus & Parking:

From I-95 (northbound and southbound): Take the Baltimore Beltway I-695 west (toward Towson). Take exit 25 (Charles Street) south. Proceed 1.7 miles. Turn left on Towsontown Boulevard.  Continued below.

From I-83 (northbound and southbound): Take the Baltimore Beltway I-695 east (toward Towson). Take exit 25 (Charles Street) south. Proceed 1.7 miles. Turn left on Towsontown Boulevard.  Continued below.

From I-70 (eastbound): Take the Baltimore Beltway I-695 north (toward Towson). Take exit 25 (Charles Street) south. Proceed 1.7 miles. Turn left on Towsontown Boulevard.  Continued below.

From Baltimore (Penn Station): Proceed north on Charles Street for five miles. Turn right on Towsontown Boulevard. Continued below.

From all directions continued:  Stay on Towsontown Blvd to the third traffic light which is University Avenue.  Turn Right on University Avenue and follow it to the Towsontown Parking Garage.  Turn left into the garage area and use the center entrance.

Please park in a parking space designated for either commuters (signs outlined in green) or visitors (signs outlined in black, but not departmental visitors).  The parking permit must be visible on your dashboard.

To 2nd Floor Lobby in the College of Liberal Arts building:

Walk to the 2nd level of the garage and look for a pavered/brick walkway.  Take the walkway (pedestrian bridge) to the street.  Cross the street and enter the building.  You are now in the 2nd floor lobby of the College of Liberal Arts building.