Our claim is that exceptional leaders are driven by great ideas. As project founder Seymour Fox said, "there is nothing so practical as a great idea." Our approach is to help educational leaders develop their ideas - often in conversation with leading Jewish studies scholars - and to consider how they can shape practice in the programs and institutions they guide, and how new ideas can be shaped by what they learn from their practice.
Attention to educational vision is, we believe, a way to address the ills of Jewish education - its lack of resources, trained personnel and status in the community - treating them as symptoms of the deeper problem that Jewish education is not based on compelling ideas about Jewish life in the 21st century.
Educational vision does not belong exclusively to practitioners. The community must have a role in the educational undertaking. Visions of Jewish Education works with visions that bring together the talent and energy of others in the community, including scholars, policy makers, researchers, rabbis and planners.
The mandate of the Visions of Jewish Education Project is to activate this conception of educational vision as a basis for improving Jewish education. The VJEP serves Jewish education in Israel and communities around the world through seminars, collaborative initiatives, demonstration sites, an on-line resource center and publications (see our Current Initiatives and Programs page for more details).
The VJEP is based at the Mandel Foundation in Jerusalem. It is directed by Dr. Daniel Marom, senior researcher at the Mandel Foundation and staff member of the Mandel Leadership Institute. Staff includes Prof. Barry Holtz in North America and Yael Bar-Lev, Ayelet Gershoni, Rachela Levanon, Chava Sagiv, Rabbi Jeffrey Saks, and Dafna Yizrael in Israel.