How do you take a cataclysm and make it a catalyst? We believe the answer to this question involves engaging in creativity as a means of making transformational change.

Join the Rhea Hirsch School of Education of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion’s leadership team for a two-day learning experience on leading change in these challenging times. We will use hands-on creative processes and change theories to explore leading change — in ourselves, our institutions and communities, and in society. This series is designed for leaders and teachers in Jewish educational settings.

Together we will:

  • Reflect on the process of creativity and how it serves as a means for making transformational change.
  • Engage in Kintsugi, the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery, in order to explore how things are broken and repaired, and how it relates to our work as Jewish educators.
  • Integrate the process of creativity and the steps we need to take to enact the societal, personal, or professional change that calls to us.

This program is co-sponsored by Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE)


Dr. Miriam Heller Stern is National Director of the School of Education and Associate Professor at HUC-JIR, based at the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR’s Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. She is passionate about empowering Jewish educational leaders and teachers to engage in their work intentionally, skillfully and creatively. Dr. Stern’s current research and writing focuses on designing Jewish education as a tool for building a creative society. She is the founder of Beit HaYotzer/the Creativity Braintrust, an initiative based at HUC-JIR designed to catalyze creative thinking and artistic expression through Jewish education and leadership. The initiative is generously funded by the Covenant Foundation.

A coach, mentor and advisor, Dr. Stern is committed to championing and elevating the work of Jewish educational leaders, institutions and initiatives across the United States and Israel.

Rabbi Dr. Laura Novak Winer, RJE is the Director of Clinical Education at the Hebrew Union College’s Rhea Hirsch School of Education at HUC-JIR’s Skirball Campus in Los Angeles. Laura has worked in and with a variety of afternoon school settings and her current research foci are Israel education and the supplementary school.

She has been published in a variety of academic and online journals, is a regular contributor to Moment Magazine’s “Ask the Rabbis” column, and was the editor of several curricula, including Sacred Choices: Adolescent Relationships and Sexual Ethics (2005 and 2007). She is also past president of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators.

Date and Location

The series will be held on Zoom and will be taught over two days. Participants will need access to a table or flat workspace for the hands on, Kitsugi element of the training. As the Kitsugi process requires creating a reflective and meditative space, we strongly encourage participants to ensure that during the sessions you are able to focus without distractions or other responsibilities so that you can take full advantage of the experience.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
Thursday, February 11, 2021 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT

Cost and Registration Close Date

Early bird registration through Tuesday, January 19 – $72.00

After Tuesday, January 19, regular registration – $108.00

Tuition includes materials fee for items that will be provided upon registration.

This program has reached the maximum amount of participants. If you wish to be placed on the waitlist, please email

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