Master's in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts

Why a GW Master's in Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts?

The GW’s Masters Program in Experiential Education & Jewish Cultural Arts (EE/JCA), is the only master’s program of its kind in the United States. It takes the form of an intensive 13-month, cross-disciplinary curriculum combining coursework in Jewish cultural arts and experiential education with elective courses catering to students’ individual interests. Graduates are prepared for positions in Jewish museums and arts institutions, synagogues, young professional engagement, community centers, college campus groups, social justice initiatives, summer camps, and other innovative educational and cultural settings. Students enjoy hands-on field placement experiences in DC during the school year and a summer fellowship elsewhere in the States and abroad, too. Overall, the program is enriching, textured, and exceptional. It instills confidence, provides perspective, offers unparalleled opportunities, and inspires.

Qualified applicants receive up to 85% tuition support, thanks to the generous support of the Jim Joseph Foundation and George Washington University. Submit your application by February 1 for priority consideration for funding.

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

  • Encouraging the development of exciting and relevant Jewish cultural arts, social justice, and organizational programming for a range of audiences
  • Offering a year-long series of internships at cultural arts and educational institutions
  • Developing professional skills including budgeting, grant writing, workplace collaboration, and effective communication

We invite prospective students to visit us or schedule an informational phone conversation to learn more about the Experiential Education and Jewish Cultural Arts program. Please email the EE/JCA Project Director, Ilana Weltman at ilanaweltman@gwu.edu or the EE/JCA Admissions Coordinator, Katie Acosta at kacosta@email.gwu.edu.

Read Professor Jenna Weissman Joselit's blog From Under the Fig Tree that further explores elements of Jewish culture.

Highlights

The Big Questions We’re Exploring

Research suggests that American Jews increasingly connect to Jewish learning and identity 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 programming and educational experiences. Toward that end, EEJCA is dedicated to exploring:

  • 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?

Internships

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, cultural, and educational organizations. These fieldwork experiences are supervised closely by site-based mentors and EE/JCA faculty. EE/JCA students have completed Fall and Spring internships at:

  • The Edlavitch DCJCC
  • Theater J
  • The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Smithsonian Folkways
  • The Jewish Museum of Maryland
  • The Jewish Food Experience
  • The Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington
  • Temple Micah
  • Hillel International
  • National Museum of American Jewish Military History
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Operation Understanding DC
  • Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
  • Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project
  • AVODAH
  • 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 and abroad. EE/JCA provides a stipend to defray living and travel expenses. These venues include:

  • The Contemporary Jewish Museum (San Francisco, CA)
  • The Yiddish Book Center (Amherst, MA)
  • Yeshiva University Museum (New York, NY)
  • Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of the Jewish People (Tel Aviv, Israel)
  • POLIN: Museum of the History of Polish Jews (Warsaw, Poland)
  • Curriculum

    Program of Study (30 Credits)

    Summer I

    EDUC 6100- Mosaic: The Institute I (1 credit)

    Fall

    JSTD 6211 Displaying Jewish Culture or JSTD 6001 Contemporary Jewish Life (3 credits)
    EDUC 6100 An Introduction to Experiential Jewish Education (4 credits)
    ELECTIVE (3 credits)
    ELECTIVE (3 credits)

    Spring

    JSTD 6001 Soundscape: Jews & Music or JSTD 6202 Multiple Lives (3 credits)
    EDUC 6100 Artful Synthesis: Experiential Jewish Education in Theory & Practice (6 credits)
    ELECTIVE (3 credits)

    Summer II

    EDUC 6100 Capstone Fellows Program (3 credits)
    EDUC 6100 Mosaic: The Institute II (1 credit)

    *Students may choose, in consultation with their advisor, an alternate course that is suited to their specific interests and needs.

    Faculty
    Professor
    (202) 994-6161
    Visiting Associate Professor
    (202) 994-2518
    Career Outlook

    Opportunities

    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. Students connect with practitioners in the field, are placed in top-notch internships, and attend professional development workshops that further their career goals.

    EE/JCA graduates work in Jewish museums and arts institutions, community centers, college campus organizations, summer camps, and social justice initiatives. Our alumni are currently employed by the Edlavitch DCJCC, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, Shaare Tefila Congregation, and various Jewish cultural arts entrepreneurial ventures.

    Admissions

    Admissions

    Program Entry: Fall
    Prerequisites: Bachelors Degree
    Campus: Main Campus

    Application Requirements

    • Online Application
    • Resume
    • Statement of Purpose
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • Transcripts (unofficial)
    • Application Fee

    *Additional application requirements may exist for international applicants

    For more information on any of these requirements, please visit our Admissions page.

    Transformation Begins Here

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