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Release of Major Research on the Career Trajectories of Jewish Educators

July 13, 2021

It has been more than ten years since the last systematic effort to collect data about the Jewish educator workforce; in some areas of Jewish education no large-scale data have ever been collected. The CASJE Career Trajectories of Jewish Educators Study was designed to provide usable knowledge about the recruitment, retention and development of Jewish educators. Beginning July 2021 CASJE released a series of reports and briefs highlighting findings from the study.

Read the press release here.

Read insights from Stacie Cherner, Director of Learning and Evaluation at the Jim Joseph Foundation, and Menachem "Manny" Menchel, Senior Program Officer, Jewish Life at the William Davidson Foundation.

Read insights from Arielle Levites, PhD, Managing Director of CASJE.

Read insights from Alex Pomson, PhD, Principal and Managing Director of Rosov Consulting. 

View a webinar on the study data hosted by CASJE and Rosov Consulting for leaders in Jewish education.

Career Trajectories of Jewish Educators

This study is animated by the belief that research-based knowledge is a critical resource in tackling complex problems in Jewish education. Insights generated through research can inform planning strategies for the field, guide philanthropic investment, and frame the design of well-conceived programmatic interventions. In this case the focus is on increasing the capacity to support Jewish educators at all stages of their careers.

No Going Back to the Future: The Marketplace for Jewish Educators 18 Months into the COVID-19 Pandemic

No Going Back to the Future explores how the various sectors of Jewish education were affected by the pandemic. The MTM study was focused on the labor market for Jewish educators, and that investigation helped shed light on the broader landscape for Jewish education: what employers were hoping to achieve in the face of the pandemic, what demand they anticipated for their services, and what help they expected their staff to need in order to succeed.  Twelve months on from that original study, the COVID-19 pandemic was continuing to disrupt many areas of day-to-day life in the United States. It had triggered labor shortages in many sectors and a labor market phenomenon, popularly known as the “great resignation,” in which 11.5 million people were found to have quit their jobs between April and June 2021. Against this backdrop, it made sense to return to the individuals with whom we originally spoke in order to explore how the prolonged nature of this crisis has affected another year of Jewish educator recruitment and retention.

Read No Going Back to the Future: The Marketplace for Jewish Educators 18 Months in the Covid-19 Pandemic

An Invitation to Action: Findings and Implications across the Career Trajectories of Jewish Educators Study

An Invitation to Action weaves together learnings from the previous strands and draws on the learnings produced to address the questions that have animated this work from its start. Summaries of the main findings from each strand can be found in the reports and briefs previously released. Here, researchers bring these findings into conversation with one another.

Read An Invitation to Action: Findings and Implications across the Career Trajectories of Jewish Eductors Study 

Mapping the Market: An Analysis of the Preparation, Support, and Employment of Jewish Educators 

Mapping the Market looks at the labor market for Jewish education in the United States, analyzing both supply-side and demand-side data to understand what employers look for in Jewish educators and how pre-service and professional development programs prepare educators to meet the needs of the learners and communities they serve.

Read Mapping the Market: An Analysis of the Preparation, Support, and Employment of Jewish Educators

Enjoy an interactive experience mapping the market of pre-service and in-service training for Jewish educators.