The RCJE, an ad-hoc committee of the JCFR, is made up of educators from synagogues and other area organizations, including RTA, the Virginia Holocaust Museum and the Weinstein JCC.
Each year the RCJE helps to plan and fund community educational programs including trips for students to the Holocaust Museum, tours of area synagogues, an Educator's Workshop, Summer Hebrew Camp, and community festivals like the Purim Carnival and Yom HaAtzmaut.
RCJE was proud to support 13 educators who traveled to Israel as part of the Partnership Together (P2G)'s Educator's Mission to Hadera/Eiron with the Southeast Consortium. The second summer of the Hebrew Camp program attracted almost 50 campers from 1st through 7th grades.
Due to a generous grant made by the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond (JCFR), the Richmond Council of Jewish Educators (RCJE) is able to offer subsidies to Richmond's Jewish educators for professional and educational development opportunities. These subsidies can be used for professional development opportunities ranging from national conferences to locally offered programs and courses, including the Jewish Learning Institute and the Florence Melton Adult Mini School. The RCJE provides these funds to Richmond's Jewish educators because it recognizes the importance of professional development for area teachers.
In previous years, subsidies have been awarded to religious school teachers from across the greater Richmond area, including Congregations Beth Ahabah, Brith Achim (in Petersburg), Or Ami, Or Atid, Temple Beth El, and even Temple Beth Sholom in Fredericksburg. Subsidies have also been awarded to teachers from Rudlin Torah Academy and the Weinstein JCC.
If you are currently employed as an educator at a Jewish educational institution recognized by the RCJE, you are eligible for a subsidy! Contact your Education Director for more information.