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We welcome the input, participation and support of professional and lay leaders from the entire Jewish community.

The IJE relies on support from foundations, philanthropic organizations and individuals. We welcome inquiries into how you can continue to strengthen the field of informal Jewish education.

Please contact us at 781-736-2999 or


Taking part in meaningful Jewish experiences enables Jews to live a vibrant Jewish life.  The Institute for Informal Jewish Education’s (IJE) mission is to support Jewish educators in creating meaningful Jewish experiences.  The IJE supports Jewish educators through a range of professional development opportunities including:

  • Pre-service experiences
  • In-service experiences related to educators’ practice
  • Practitioner research
  • Curriculum development
  • Strategic organizational support

The IJE draws upon BIMA and Genesis, Brandeis University’s two summer programs for high school students, that service as living laboratories for our work.

As an institute based at Brandeis University, the IJE is able to take advantage of all the resources Brandeis brings to bear. As the only non-sectarian Jewish-sponsored research university in North America, Brandeis is committed to the future of North American Jewry. The university has been deeply involved in Judaic scholarship and service to the Jewish community in the 55 years since its inception.

Today the university is known for its commitment to the highest level of research and scholarship, its commitment to religious and intellectual pluralism and its history of collaborative problem-solving through partnerships with local and national groups. As a model community of diverse Jewish expressions and a neutral meeting ground where Jews of all backgrounds interact comfortably and fruitfully, Brandeis is making a major impact on Jewish education throughout North America.