The word ‘Amiel’ literally means “to my people,” and reflects OTS’s unwavering commitment to the rejuvenation and cultivation of world Jewish community. The Beren-Amiel Practical Training Program for Educational Emissaries is dedicated to the comprehensive training of committed, motivated and engaging educators who are sent to teach Judaic Studies in both Orthodox and non-Orthodox state and community schools across the Diaspora.
Participants in the Beren-Amiel Program are some of the most motivated, charismatic and idealistic men involved in the field of education today. They have enrolled in the Beren-Amiel program to acquire the specific tools which will enable them to most effectively awaken in their future students a knowledge and love of their heritage, to inspire in their adoptive communities an enthusiasm for and pride in being Jewish, to spread the message of unity, continuity and social justice and to promote the continuity of a Judaism which is warm, welcoming and profoundly relevant to daily life.
Over the course of 1-2 years, participants meet once a week to master courses in Jewish Studies. Their studies are complemented by practical training courses from the George Weinstein Institute of Semicha and Pedagogy, focusing on the nature and role of Jewish schools in the Diaspora; the educator’s family within community life in the Diaspora; effective pedagogy; educational psychology; classroom management; curriculum planning and development; communications; school management; and Jewish identity education.
Upon completing the program, participants receive a certificate as well as placement in a Diaspora community, followed by ongoing support and training via email, newsletters, phone calls, visits, regional seminars and international conferences, for as long as they remain in the field.