Master's in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts


GW’s Program in Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts (EE/JCA), the only master’s program of its kind in the United States, offers an intensive 13-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum combining coursework in Jewish cultural arts, experiential education, and museum education. Graduates will be prepared for careers in Jewish museums and arts institutions, community centers, college campus organizations, summer camps, and other innovative educational and cultural settings.

Qualified applicants receive up to 85% tuition support, thanks to the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation and George Washington University.

Partnering theory with practice, and the classroom with fieldwork, the EE/JCA curriculum enables students to become competent, creative, and reflective professionals. The program:

  • Inspires students to develop exciting and relevant programming for a range of audiences
  • Offers a year-long series of internships at cultural arts and educational institutions
  • Develops professional skills including budgeting, grant writing, workplace collaboration, and effective communication

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



The Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts program enables students to develop professional skills though participation in three progressively intensive internships (fall, spring, and summer) at Jewish arts and education organizations. These fieldwork experiences are supervised closely by site-based mentors and EE/JCA faculty.

The Capstone Fellows Program--our summer internship placement--provides students with the opportunity to pursue full-time, six-week-long internships at exemplary Jewish arts and education organizations around the country. EE/JCA provides a stipend to defray living and travel expenses.

The Big Questions We’re Exploring

Research suggests that American Jews increasingly connect to Jewish learning through cultural events, arts organizations, social networks, and informal educational experiences, outside the traditional hubs of Jewish schools and synagogues. There is growing need, therefore, for well-prepared professionals who can produce quality Jewish cultural programing and educational experiences. Some of the relevant questions we are exploring include:

  • What themes, approaches, and cultural experiences engage Jewish audiences?
  • What pedagogical approaches allow arts and cultural institutions to maximize their impact?
  • What are the Jewish cultural arts and where do they thrive?
  • How can the principles of experiential education enrich the Jewish cultural arts?

Program of Study (30 Credits)

Summer I

EDUC 6100 Mosaic: The Institute I


JSTD 6211 Displaying Jewish Culture or JSTD 6001 Contemporary Jewish Life
EDUC 6100 An Introduction to Experiential Jewish Education
EDUC 6711 Museum as Learning Environment


JSTD 6001 Soundscape: Jews & Music or JSTD 6202 Multiple Lives
EDUC 6100 Artful Synthesis: Experiential Jewish Education in Theory & Practice
EDUC 6100 Behind the Scenes: Experiential Museum Education

Summer II

EDUC 6100 Capstone Fellows Program
EDUC 6100 Mosaic: The Institute II

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EE/JCA graduates enter careers in Jewish museums and arts institutions, community centers, college campus organizations, summer camps, and cultural tourism programs.

The Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts program offers multiple opportunities for professional networking. Beginning with Mosaic: The Institute, students regularly meet with artists, educators, and leaders of community organizations. Direct contact with practitioners in the field, opportunities for top-notch internships, and professional development workshops position students to further their career goals.