Graduate masters degree programs featuring Jewish education, teaching and experiential education



The Graduate Center for Jewish Education at American Jewish University prepares educators to create and articulate a compelling vision for Jewish education and apply the knowledge, skills, creativity and leadership needed to bring that vision to life. Home to the Fingerhut School of Education and various continuing education initiatives for educators, we are a trans-denominational center for educational leadership training, Jewish learning, professional development and research. AJU’s Familian and Brandeis-Bardin campuses provide a natural laboratory for innovation, experimentation and integration of experiential and traditional education. Our alumni provide leadership and vision in every sector of Jewish education across the denominational spectrum.


Lisa Clumeck, MAEd ‘14

Studying at American Jewish University helped me to create new ways to combine my passions for theatre and the arts with Judaism and education, preparing me to develop innovative, experiential curriculum for both children and adults. I am also participating in AJU’s Dream Lab, to propose new ways to engage artists in Jewish education. I use what I learned at AJU every day to be a more creative and effective educator and administrator.

Lisa Clumeck is currently working as the Education Director, at Pressman Academy's Jewish Learning Community of Temple Beth Am.


Alisha Pedowitz, MBA/MAEd ‘08

The joint MBA/MAEd program prepared me to work in a field that is constantly evolving by giving me a strong sense of who I am as a Jewish educator. I developed a personal philosophy for what drives me as a Jewish educator, learned frameworks to draw from in the face of new challenges and possibilities, and the skills to be a leader who understands the complexities of all that it takes for an educational organization to run in a successful, sustainable manner.

Alisha Pedowitz is currently working as a Specialist in Teen Experiential Education, BJE: Builders of Jewish Education and a Jewish Education Consultant, Embracing Wholiness Consulting.


Jeremy Toren, MAEd ‘12

Because of the dual nature of my job, I have to think flexibly about Jewish Education - what programs and ideas are more appropriate for a camp setting, and what is more suitable for the classroom? The MAEd program is unique and beneficial in providing skills and knowledge that are equally useful on the sports field at camp or in an honors class at a college preparatory school.

Jeremy Toren is currently working as Director of Jewish Life and Judaic Studies Department Chair, San Diego Jewish Academy.


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