The Why and How of Thriving in Jewish Education

May 28, 2019 7:30 PM
May 30, 2019 4:00 PM

Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center, 200 Dosoris Lane, , Glen Cove, New York 11542

A Two-day Retreat for Jewish Educators


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"Positive Psychology offers a scientific why behind Jewish practices. In today's world, people are hungry to understand how their mind and body works. They want to know that the practices they take on will lead to a life well lived. Positive Psychology offers us practical and proven tools for increasing well-being, resilience and productivity. Many Jewish practices have proven mechanisms behind them. Understanding positive Psychology gives educators the capacity to translate the practices in a way that helps people understand why they are with following, upholding and championing. Learn the science of well-being, resilience and thriving to empower and inspire the people you lead and serve." - Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, presenter 

Thank you to all those that joined us to earn from experts about using theories of thriving in Jewish educational settings and gain practical and adaptable techniques. We explored thriving through the lenses of Jewish thought, Positive Psychology, and Mussar. We participated in powerful learning experiences crafted and presented by celebrated experiential Jewish educators in music, meditation, and outdoor education. Each day featured time to apply and adapt those experiences to your sites in a supportive environment with like-minded peers.

We are already planning on conference for next year and will announce the date soon! We hope you will become a part of this exciting new cohort of educators to continue the conversation and share successes and challenges throughout the coming years!

Participants of this extraordinary experience will take home tools to help transform your settings and promote a sense of well-being in yourself, your team and your constituents.

2019 Speakers and Presenters Included:

Thriving Presenters
  • Emilya Zhivotovskaya, The Flourishing Center
  • Sam Feinsmith, Institute for Jewish Spirituality
  • Naomi Less, Lab/Shul
  • Yoni Stadlin, Eden Village Camp
  • Mollie Andron, Amplifier
  • Rabba Wendy Amsellem, Yeshivat Maharat and Pardes

2019 Retreat Info:

This is a residential retreat. There is no commuter rate. One of the conference’s goals is to create a cohort of learners that will be emotionally and physically present throughout the entire experience. This will facilitate continued growth after the conference and opportunities for future connection between professionals. Experiential components will begin the evening of May 28 and continue May 29 beginning at 8 a.m. and conclude at 9:30 p.m. On May 30, the day will run from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Registration includes a room for two nights (5/28 and 5/29), all meals, and the retreat. Kosher dietary laws will be observed.


Questions? Contact Rabbi Jennifer Goldsmith.

Related Resources

Resource Guide
The resource guide is being built in support of our work around Thriving. As one of a number of educational institutions thinking deeply about this potential paradigm shift, we have responded to many requests about what to read, watch and listen to... and where to start.