Congress of Jewish Religious Communities and Organizations of Russia

KEROOR works on setting up good conditions for the comfortable way to follow Jewish way of life, studying Torah, fulfilling all the commandments, saving the national identity of Jewish people on the territory of Russia.

Location: Moscow

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Communities of Europe and especially of Russia struggle with weaking communal structure, internal divisions, assimilation and apathy. We consider that young leaders are the main value and the “key personnel” of each community. This project is for those leaders who are ready to develop themselves and to participate in developing the communities.
The idea of the proposed project is to help young Jewish Leaders to understand their mission – saving and development of Jewish communities in Diaspora but understanding the importance of Israel. Based on Torah, history but using strategies and methods of XXI century. The seminar is quite original for its knowledge‐in‐action approach.
We`d like to enrich Jewish Leaders and put them in contact with new models and ideas in the Jewish world, to help them perform their leadership tasks effectively and better understand their community and the experience of Israel.

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What is the mission and purpose of this program?

- To constitute the backbone of young leaders who live according Torah form different regions of Russia;
- To help people in “giur” preparation,
- To prepare good specialists in different spheres for the Community work and to attract as much as it possible people to the Community life;
- To give the view and the experience of intercommunal cooperation;
- To define the most important directions in Jewish community work;
- To create a way of interconnection among Jewish communities of Russia, Israel and generally of the world.

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Program Description

We plan to provide all-year round work with the young leaders from the Jewish Communities of Russia by the means of skype conferences, webinars, etc. Each month it will be devoted to this or that topic. During the whole period of the project we will make a survey of the actual questions for the communities. On the basis of problem priorities we will form the program of webinars and conferences. Two times a year, in October and in March-April, we plan to organize 3-days seminars from Friday till Sunday working on parallel-tracks. Two working days (the most part of Friday and Sunday) and Shabbat seems us very efficient opportunity to mark the main ideas of the seminar. It will take place at the territory the Academy of Judaism “Torat Haim” in Ramenskoe, near Moscow. All the participants will stay at the recreation camp near Torat Haim. We plan to invite 40 representatives from communities of Russia. Kosher meals will be provided.
Top Torah- lecturers will be invited to the seminar in order to give the participants an opportunity to compare each private experience of work with Judaism worldview and laws for administrative activity. The best specialists in the spheres of law, bookkeeping, psychology, PR, ethnic education, etc. will take part in the seminars. The most advanced participants will make presentation of their own projects and ideas and share them with other participants. Mailout of all the necessary materials, documents, presentations will be done two times a month.
On the basis of acquired knowledge all the participants must develop their own projects (individual or in groups).
In May 2017 we plan to organize the final event in the cities-participants. All the participants will make the presentations of projects of their own based on knowledge gained in the project in their cities for the representatives of their communities with the skype transmission for all the other regions. All of this presentation will be supervised by KEROOR. Video and text reports should be attached.
Trip to Israel will the prize for the best ten participants of the project. A very interesting program with exhibitions, tours, meetings with representatives of Israel Funds, Universities, and international structures promises to be a real event for young leaders of Communities.
The target of the project can be divided into two groups: The participants of the projects: young leaders who represent different Communities of Russia who take part in the webinars, attend seminars – the group of direct influence. And the group of interfering influence consists of members of communities of Russia, Israel and other countries who will benefit from the project.

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Demonstrated Need

The essence of the program lies not only in material and knowledge, but also in their ability to implement what you have learned. Today we have a huge gap with young smart living according Torah leaders who know how to build the community. In spite of the fact that there are a lot of Jewish conference and seminars in Russia unfortunately, they cover only one segment of the problem: spiritual or practical. We are in touch with representatives of Jewish communities in Russia and they consider that even those people who are ready to devote some time and energy to Jewish activities have no instruments of its implementation, their knowledge is fragmentary and do not enough to include all the necessary aspects into the project they would like to put into practice. We will try to cover the entire demanded field.

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Program Accomplishments

The benefits of the project are connected with increasing of number of young people living according Torah in the Communities of Russia, their spiritual and administrative development. Having a stronger sense of confidence about who they are, they can do their best to attract more people to the community, to create interesting projects, to make the Jewish connections between the communities of Russia and of the world more close.

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How do you measure the success of your program?

Evaluation is a very important part of the project. It is obvious that planned systematic evaluation of project must be well-designed, accurately executed and appropriately interpreted in order to effectively inform educational policy and practice that contributes to positive, permanent change. Working on the evaluation plan it`s necessary to find out the main motivations for evaluation. We consider the three primary motivations for conducting this project are: 1. The desire to integrate the evaluation process into the learning process of the seminar, 2. The need to objectively assess the strengths and flaws of a seminar; 3. The desire to create course-specific forms of evaluation, respectful of the structure and objectives of the project. Description of methods: The main methods we want to use are survey and interview. They are familiar to every participant. Different types of surveys should be worked out especially for the seminars and distant work. The feedback will help to evaluate the effectiveness of the program and allow us to make improvements. The feedback is important for planning future programming and services we offer. The surveys must include the following questions providing answers yes/no as if the seminar met expectations, if the content was helpful, if the level of the seminar was appropriate, if the format was enjoyable, if the speaker had a good understanding of the topic. The questions supposing for the description in the answer as What were the most useful aspects? What changes should be made to improve the program? What additional information you need? It`s very important to ask person to give recommendation of the project to his colleague or friend in his city and to enrich the involvement of participants in the project. Criteria for methods: The survey must engage the specific objectives and format of course, converse to the generalities often seen on university-mandated evaluations. Who determines what is important to evaluate? What is being evaluated? 1. Seminar content (lectures, discussions, webinars, skype lectures, etc.) 2. Dissemination techniques (internet resources, mailout, advertisement, private contacts, etc.) 3. Significance of the project to Jewish informal education When does evaluation take place? Within a scheduled period toward the end of the seminar during all stages of its implementation in order to get good summative view of the project. What are the indicators that show attitudinal change? Involvement of participants in to the project, their willing feedback and suggestion to the project improving.

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