Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts

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Master of Arts in Education & Human Development

Department of Educational Leadership

GW’s program in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts, the only Master’s of its kind in the United States, offers an intensive 12-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum in Jewish Cultural Arts, Experiential Jewish Education, and Museum Education. At GW, content and creativity go hand in hand.

Training in the Jewish Cultural Arts exposes students to the sounds, gestures, big ideas, and creative personalities of Jewish cultural expression. Experiential Jewish Education courses provide the tools to integrate Jewish culture and the arts into the lives of contemporary audiences. Museum Education courses offer a hands-on approach to experiential education through site visits and projects.

In addition, a series of institutes introduce students to the world of Jewish cultural arts in D.C., while professional development workshops impart invaluable practical skills.

Outside the classroom, the Program draws on its strong relationships with D.C.’s foremost cultural institutions to place students in a wide range of internships. Our current students are expanding their horizons at the DCJCC, the Jewish Food Experience, Hillel International, and Temple Micah.

Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts is generously supported by the Jim Joseph Foundation, which awards qualified applicants up to 85% tuition support. Hailed by the foundation as an “incredibly forward-looking initiative that will help create innovative and dynamic educators,” the Program prepares the next generation of professionals and cultural leaders in:

  • Jewish museums

  • JCCs

  • College campus organizations

  • Foundations

  • Summer camps

  • Jewish cultural arts management

The Program is directed by Jenna Weissman Joselit and Carol B. Stapp.  Jenna Weissman Joselit is the Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History and the author of a series of landmark works on the American Jewish experience. Her seminars include "Multiple Lives: The Fate of Jewish Cultural Expression," which explores Jewish cultural landmarks such as Fiddler on the Roof and The Diary of Anne Frank, and "Jews on Display," which takes the measure of a series of provocative museum exhibitions, among them Degenerate Art and Too Jewish?

Carol B. Stapp is the Director of GW’s renowned Museum Education Program, whose alumni occupy top positions in museums around the world. Her courses include “Museums as Institutions,” which examines the museum’s mission of public service, and “Evaluating Museum Learning,” which explores the effective use of evaluation and research methods in museums.

The stellar faculty is rounded out by Laura Tomes, Director of Educational Research and Innovation at Hillel International, and consultant Benjamin Jacobs, Professor of Education and Jewish Studies at NYU.

To learn more about the Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts program, please contact Allison Farber, Project Director, eejca@gwu.edu or 202.994.6281. Ms. Farber would be happy to chat with you on the phone or meet you for coffee.

We are currently accepting applications for our second cohort of students. Applications are evaluated on a rolling admissions schedule.

Program Faculty

Lotte Lent
Carol Stapp
  • Carol
  • Associate Professor
  • Museum Education
  •  202-994-4960
Jenna Weissman Joselit
  • Jenna
    Weissman Joselit
  • Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies & Professor of History
  • Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts
  •  (202) 994-1543

Fast Facts

Courses Required (minimum)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Online
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer


  • Foggy Bottom

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ESRI - February 28, 2015