Project Lead Jewish Educators Program for Russian Speakers


The Project Lead Jewish Educators Program is a 14-month informal education training program for Jewish educators. In online courses and in face-to-face programming, participants explore Jewish texts, history, and ideas, and apply best practices in informal education to design engaging youth-centered activities.

Participants successfully completing all eight courses (226 hours) will receive a certificate from The Lookstein Center at Bar-Ilan University.


Participation will be open to individuals who:

  • Work at least part-time in the Jewish community
  • Work as youth leaders (madrichim), counselors, teachers, or other professionals whose work will be positively impacted by such training 
  • Russian-speaking participants from the Former Soviet Union, Baltic States, or Germany
  • Are aged 18-55

Program and Schedule

The program includes 5 asynchronous courses with a weekly synchronous session on Zoom. Each course is 8 weeks long. Course topics include: 

  • Jewish Texts
  • Jewish History
  • Jewish Living
  • Jewish Thought
  • Jews and Judaism around the World

Participants who successfully complete the asynchronous courses, will be invited on a 2 week (14 day) trip to Israel during which participants study Hebrew language, Israeli history via tiyulim, and topics in pedagogy.


Course Approximate Dates
Online Course #1 July – August 2021
Online Course #2 Sept – Nov 2021
Online Course #3 Nov 2021 – Feb 2022
Online Course #4 March – April 2022
Online Course #5 May – July 2022
Israel Trip August 2022



Tuition is primarily covered by a combination of scholarships and communal partnerships. Tuition covers the educational program (both online and in Israel) and the Israel trip (airfare, food and accommodations, and day trips). 

Participants are responsible for a $125 registration fee (which translates to $25 per online course) for the online component and $75 registration fee for the Israel trip. For payment plans or other financial considerations please contact us here.

Registration fee is due 10 days before the program begins.

Important Dates

Application deadline: May 14, 2021

Online program: July, 2021 – July, 2022 (with breaks for Russian and Jewish holidays)

14-day Israel program: August 2022 (final dates to be announced in spring 2022)