experience that will transform you
Mornings: Deep Dives
Each morning you’ll immerse yourself in a Deep Dive, a learning track designed to ignite new ideas for you to take back to campus, or simply an opportunity to explore your interests through a creative, Jewish lens. Deep Dive options are comprised of pre-selected cohorts, ensuring a focused experience around your interests. Your cohort will become your family (and color war team!) over these four days.
Dwell Time options include:
The Jewish textual tradition is full of deep questions, debates, and ideas about what it means to be human, and thoughts about the nature of Jewish belief and practice. Beit Midrash invites you to dive headfirst into that world, as we explore the theme of “Beginnings” in our aleph level Beit Midrash. We’ll explore texts that impart deep wisdom on the idea that, well, life is full of beginnings. From the beginning of the school year, secular year, or Jewish year, to the beginning of new classes, new relationships, and new jobs. Our lives are full of beginnings, and we’ll spend a week investigating what the Jewish textual tradition has to say about doing beginnings well. By joining this Deep Dive, you’ll gain Jewish ideas that will enrich your conversations with students, donors, and even your friends, along with some new skills to access Jewish texts on your own.
This track is suitable for anyone with an interest in exploring Jewish text, or is looking for empowering Jewish material to incorporate into your work; whether this is your first time, or whether you already know that the Beit Midrash is one of your favorite places to be.
If you’ve already got an M.A. in Jewish education or a rabbinical degree, head on over to our Kollel level Beit Midrash. If not, this Deep Dive: Beit Midrash is for you!
Postrequisite: None. But you’ll have the option of continuing your learning as a group through online sessions throughout the Fall semester.
After a busy year of coffee dates, meetings, classes, Shabbat programing, Birthright recruitment and more (phew!), it's time to reflect, recharge and renew with meaningful learning and creative nourishment. "In the beginning God created." The opening chapter of Genesis creates a powerful case for creativity. We are all creative, we are created to create, and our creating creates the world. Together we'll explore these lines and ask what wisdom they have for our lives as Jewish educators and professionals today.
In this interactive Beit Midrash, which will be co-led by a scholar (TBA) and Jewish Studio Project, we’ll have a healthy mix of traditional text-study and creative expressions of learning. You'll emerge with new insights and ideas to enhance your work with staff and students on campus, and resources to sustain your spirit for the year ahead. Kollel will help deepen our connections to one another, to tradition and to our ourselves.
Prerequisite: Recommended for people who have a Masters in Jewish Education, rabbinical ordination, or at least 3-5 years of intensive text study. And of course, an open heart.
Facilitator: Jewish Studio Project
Eat Ivrit (Beginner's Hebrew)
Get an immersive Israel experience without the jetlag! In Deep Dive: Eat Ivrit, we’ve designed a beginner's Modern Hebrew class that challenges you to learn a language by exposure to not just language, butalso Israeli brainwaves via making and eating food. In this active, engaging and delicious Deep Dive, you'll learn by cooking and eating with young and talented Israeli educators and activists. You'll emerge from Dwell with a stronger command of the Hebrew language, a more robust vocabulary, greater fluency in Israeli culture and history, and the confidence to continue your Hebrew language journey (hopefully with the jetlag!).
Prerequisite: You'll need to be able to read block Hebrew letters with vowels. Can't do this yet? Don't worry. If you want to enroll but can't yet read Hebrew, we'll pay for you to take an online class to get you up to speed!!
!אם את/ה יכול/ה לקרוא את המשפט הזה ,את/ה יותר מתקדם/ת .בפעם הבאה
Postrequisite: There will be online follow-up sessions throughout the fall to keep your Hebrew language learning vibrant and alive.
Facilitator: This Is Not An Ulpan
workshopSHABBAT: Campus Impact Program
workshopSHABBAT: Campus Impact Program is the ignition experience of an innovative two-year program that will redesign how students do Shabbat on campus. The program will catalyze a community of practice composed of Hillel professionals (that’s you!) and students from 10 diverse campuses, along with Shabbat innovators and national experts from outside the Hillel universe.
Launching at Dwell, we’ll begin to reimagine the Shabbat experience with the goal of reaching, inspiring, and resonating with more students. At Dwell, during your workshopSHABBAT experience, you’ll combine Jewish learning, prototyping and experimentation to craft new approaches to the campus Shabbat experience. You’ll leave Dwell as a part of a selective cohort of Hillel professionals from around the country who are committed to rethinking and redesigning Shabbat on campus, tasked with learning and growing as individual campuses, a networked learning community, and impacting campuses around the world. We’ll start with sending you home with connections, tools, materials, frameworks, and programmatic models to experiment with your students.
• Be the Shabbat/holiday “decision maker” on your campus, or enthusiastic support from the “decider.”
• Participation of at least two programming professionals from your Hillel, unless you're a solo pro (don’t worry, we understand!).
• Willingness to learn, experiment, play, and be creative.
• Participation in workshopSHABBAT: Campus Impact Program, a two-year experience that will include in-person gatherings, quarterly webinars, access to targeted funding, experts and consultant.
• Commitment to work with at least three student leaders in order to implement new approaches to designing Shabbat on campus throughout the program.
Facilitator: Alison Laichter
POSTPONED: Hillel-M2 Certificate in Experiential Jewish Education
Storytelling for Inspiration and Impact
From prehistoric cave paintings, to the narratives of the Torah, to podcasts like the Moth and This American Life, storytelling has always been a medium for humans to convey meaning, identity, and purpose. In this Deep Dive, you will delve into the art and practice of modern day storytelling. You'll draw on your Jewish journey for inspiration, while experimenting with different modalities and mediums. You'll emerge with the knowledge that you ARE a storyteller, and that you can create impact with your words and the narratives you tell. This deep dive is meant for you whether you share stories as a powerful engagement tool, to help raise funds, or to create new stories to inspire others.
Prerequisite: A willingness to be open, be a little vulnerable, and challenge your narratives.
Afternoon & Evenings:
After lunch, we’ll make the most of our natural environment while strengthening our Hillel staff community. You’ll choose from a daily menu of activities such as meditation, hiking, biking, a Mountain Coaster, music workshops, pickling, crafting, a giant indoor waterpark, a ropes course, and much more.
We’ll wind down the day with creative programs that bond us as colleagues and friends. From cider making to story slams, evening soirées and a drum circle under the stars, prepare for a nourishing professional experience unlike any other.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a Jewish gathering if we didn’t wine and dine in style. Dwell is an abundantly catered experience, fully stocked with snacks, s’mores, and beverages.