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Professional Development

Orloff CAJE collaborates with Jewish schools, synagogues and institutions in Broward County to advance Jewish education, Jewish experiences and Jewish life. Orloff CAJE supports effective Jewish education (in both formal and informal settings) and promotes transformational and professional learning for area educators and trainers. We offer:

  • Professional learning opportunities for Jewish educators in day schools, synagogues, early childhood centers and informal youth settings.
  • Subsidies to assist teaching staff in Jewish educational settings (including general studies staff of day schools) to participate in international, national and regional conferences, courses, seminars, symposia and online learning.
  • Partnerships with Gratz College, Jewish Theological Seminary’s Davidson School of Education, Shalom Learning and other leading institutions which bring state-of-the-art practices to teachers in Broward County.
  • Monthly newsletter which includes articles of academic interest, news about professional learning, links to design labs, maker spaces and other teaching resources and cutting edge training, mentoring and coaching approaches.
  • Facilitation of professional and continuing education credits toward licensure for Hebrew/Judaic Studies teachers.

For additional information, contact Judy Levenson, Director of Educational Excellence & Teen Initiatives at jlevenson@orloffcaje.org or 954-660-2076.

Download the Professional Stipend Reimbursement Form

  • Atidenu

    With support from Jewish Federation of Broward County and the support of AviChai Foundation, Orloff CAJE is making state-of-the-art training and mentoring of school-based teams available to improve the work of our local day schools in their efforts of recruiting and retaining students.

    Atidenu has three key components:

    1. A comprehensive assessment of current school recruitment and retention practices.

    2. A three-day summit and series of interactive webinars for school teams, featuring leading independent and Jewish day school recruitment and retention experts.

    3. Ongoing support from expert coaches to help create and implement a long-term plan to enhance recruitment and retention.

    Brauser Maimonides Academy is participating in the 2016-2017 cohort.

    For more information, please visit:



  • Gratz Advance’s NEXT Program


    Gratz Advance’s NEXT program was established to address what is next for you in your own professional growth, what you need to know and what tools you need to become the teacher you want to be. NEXT Professional Learning Program for Supplementary School Teachers is offering online classes for teachers outside the Philadelphia area for $75 per three-week class, $100 per four-week class, $150 per six-week class, $200 per eight-week class. The fee for Jewish Essentials for Teachers and for the Boot Camp for New Teachers, which are self-paced and have rolling admissions, is $150. Education directors are encouraged to contact NEXT to arrange for group discounts. With three teachers enrolled, a fourth teacher may register at no charge.CLICK HERE for more info.

    Additionally, Orloff CAJE is subsidizing $50 toward the cost of all NEXT programs, contingent upon support from the Broward County institution in which a teacher works. This subsidy is made possible through a grant from Jewish Federation of Broward County. By accepting the support of Orloff CAJE, the teacher(s) will come to a meet-up of all participants and will present reflections of the impact that the participation has made as a successful Jewish educator.

    Teachers should apply for the subsidy prior to taking the course(s) and with the approval of their education director. Upon completion of the course, you may apply for reimbursement from Orloff CAJE by completing the Professional Stipend Reimbursement Form.

    View Fall 2016 Course Offerings

  • Facing History

    Beginning October 13, 2016, Holocaust and Human Behavior for Educators in a Jewish Setting is a course available via distance learning. Made possible by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Broward County, Orloff CAJE is offering to pay $25 (50%) of the registration fee. The program, itself, is free of charge.

    Grounded in the study of Jewish ethics and values, this online course examines the range of choices that led to the failure of democracy in Germany and ultimately to the persecution of millions of Jews and other targeted groups. The Jewish Education Program works with educators and young people to connect the past to the present. Through the integration of history and ethics, this program promotes an understanding of how Jewish values and texts can inspire students to combat prejudice with compassion and indifference with participation.

    For more info, contact:
    Sara Bellin, Project Manager for Jewish Education
    Facing History and Ourselves
    Learn more and register: www.facinghistory.org/JewishEducation

  • Echoes and Reflections


    For more information and/or to register, contact:
    Judy Levenson, jlevenson@orloffcaje.org (954) 660-2078