JET (Jewish Education and Technology) Institute and Award

The JET project includes both a week-long institute and an annual award which invigorates the field of Jewish Education through mentorship, instruction, networking, honoring, and sharing.

JET Award
Nominations due Thursday, May 29, 2014

The JET Award recognizes and honors Jewish Day School classroom teachers who demonstrate outstanding experimentation with educational technology and exemplary contributions to the field. The JET Award is created in partnership with PARDES: Day Schools of Reform Judaism, Ravsak: The Jewish Community Day School Network, the Schechter Day School Network (SDSN), and Yeshiva University: Institute for University School Partnership. Submissions for the JET Award due Thursday, May 29, 2014. Submission guidelines available now.

Jewish Education and Technology (JET) Institute
Monday, July 14–Friday, July 18, 2014

The Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) is pleased to announce the second annual Jewish Education and Technology (JET) Institute. This week-long conference supports teachers in Jewish Day Schools in integrating 21st century skills to create more dynamic, effective, and relevant learning environments.

JET’s Mission

JET’s mission is to enhance instructional practices in Jewish education through hands-on technology training and support for day school educators so that they may design Jewish curricula that:

  • Builds twenty-first century skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly digital world
  • Addresses multiple learning styles
  • Provides more opportunities for personal meaning-making
  • Speaks to the interests, passions, and aesthetic values of today’s youth

At the JET Institute, teachers will:

  • Learn from technology experts and Jewish thought leaders
  • Experiment with new platforms, programs, and applications
  • Apply technological skills and resources to curriculum-inspired projects
  • Workshop ideas with colleagues and technology coaches
  • Receive one-on-one coaching from master teachers
  • Experience exemplary web-based resources for teachers
  • Explore San Francisco’s rich cultural offerings

The Institute is followed by support to execute the teacher's particular vision.  The CJM provides each participant with a personal coach who mentors and assists with regularly-scheduled sessions through the school year.

JET Institute 2013 happenings can be found here.

Why the CJM?

Throughout its twenty-five year history, the CJM has earned a reputation for its experimental spirit, cutting-edge exhibitions, and commitment to enhancing the visitor experience through participatory technology. This culture of experimentation has informed the Museum’s programs for educators. Long viewed as a destination for teachers to enhance their practice through innovative professional development workshops, the CJM is a hub for the intersection of art, Judaism, technology, and education. Over the past several years, the CJM has launched a number of technology based projects including #SFphotohunt,, and  The CJM has also hosted several technology-based teacher workshops, including a daylong Game Design Intensive for day school educators and LINK, an eighteen-month initiative which brought together Jewish high school teachers to explore how new social digital technologies could strengthen and inform Jewish identity.  JET expands the CJM's role as an educator convener, building on its innovative offerings to educators, and serving a key emerging need in Jewish education.




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Who Should Apply?

JET Institute applications are open to middle and high school educators who work in Jewish day schools, particularly from the mid-west to the western United States. Each school is encouraged to send two or more teachers. The CJM seeks applicants who are already versed or interested in the use of technology in their classroom and are looking to broaden their skills and expand their support.

Selection Process

The 2014 institute is limited to 25 participants. Priority will be given to schools that demonstrate institutional support for facilitating technology integration as well as day schools in the western United States.


The JET Institute is supported by a signature grant from The Covenant Foundation. Additional funding for JET is provided by an innovation grant from The Jim Joseph Foundation.


School and Teacher Programs at the Contemporary Jewish Museum are made possible by Pacific Gas and Electric. Leadership support comes from The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation with additional generous support from Carmen Castro-Franceschi and Paul Franceschi, First Republic Bank, and the Morris Stulsaft Foundation.



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