JTown Players

JTown Players
An Internship in Creative play based Jewish Experiential Learning
Offered By the The Louise D. and Morton J. Macks Center for Jewish Education

What?
The JTown Players internship offers participants a chance to learn about an enterprising and cutting edge approach to Jewish experiential education while developing their theatrical, imaginative play and creative community building skills.
JTown is a magical space for children and their caregivers where imagination reigns and friendships are formed and fostered in a Jewish environment. JTown recognizes that “play is the work of the child” (Maria Montesorri) and “Nothing lights up a child’s brain like play” (Stuart Brown). As such it harnesses imaginative play and multi-sensual stimulation to make Jewish learning, a joyful, meaningful experience.
Why?
JTown has determined that families maximally benefit when facilitators engage them in programmatic content. This dynamic facilitation does not compete with the play space. It enriches the interactive experience distinguishing JTown from an indoor playground and highlighting its pedagogic potential as a Jewish cultural village.
Interns will benefit JTown by serving as engagement ambassadors and community builders. They will help to educate families and children about Jewish values and traditions as well as informing them about the multiplicity of programs and resources available to them.
In turn, the internship will equip aspiring, creative Jewish educators with innovative pedagogic practices that can reach families beyond the scope and physical space of JTown.
Who?
This internship is designed for individuals with strong creative and empathic inter-personal skills. It is best suited to individuals with interests in children’s theater, craft facilitation, puppetry and early childhood education. A basic foundation of Jewish knowledge is required, especially regarding Jewish holidays and traditions, though interns need not have/be pursuing degrees in Jewish education or Theater. Participants should be comfortable with role play and dynamic, energetic engagement and can expect to engage with both children and caregivers in a community building capacity.
When?
The program will begin with a pilot cohort in Fall of 2017. It is a 6 month internship with a once a week commitment.
How?
Interns would attend a weekly two hour group training with JTown Program Coordinator Teri Jedeikin and special guest educators. Once the curricular trainings conclude, interns’ time would be spent assisting in and eventually leading formal JTown programming, engaging families in imaginative play by creating and becoming a character in JTown and helping promote JTown programs to clients who might not know about them. They will also participate in creative brainstorming sessions to enhance and add to JTown infrastructure and programs.
In addition to new knowledge and skills; JTown players will receive a modest honorarium of $360 for their time and effort. Volunteer Credit hours could be earned if students are able to access them through their schools or universities.

For more information contact Teri Jedeikin at 410-735-5003 or tjedeikin@cjebaltimore.org

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CJE is an agency funded by THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. www.associated.org