Our Learning

Long-Term Learning with Onward Israel: The “Identity-Israel” Connection

by Nettie Aharon “So tell me, what are some ways that I can make sure that my college-aged daughter stays Jewish?” If you’re like me, this probably isn’t the kind of question you’d want to encounter shortly after midnight, while standing in the throes of a snail-paced check-in line at Ben Gurion airport, awaiting to board a transatlantic flight. But alas, there I was. In fact, the person posing this question and I discovered that we were actually on the same flight to Boston; she was flying home, and I was headed to a conference hosted by the Network for Research in Jewish Education (NRJE). She asked what kind of research I am involved in, and I proceeded to share[Read More…]

10 Years of Impact: Harlene Appelman, Covenant Foundation

Rosov Consulting is celebrating its ten-year anniversary in 2018 — an opportunity to share learnings and insights we’ve picked up in our decade of work related to Jewish education, engagement, and philanthropy. A series of short videos throughout the year will feature current and former clients reflecting on our work together. We hope these videos yield useful and relevant information, and help us all better understand how the field of Jewish engagement and education has and continues to evolve. Please enjoy the second video in the series featuring Harlene Appelman, Executive Director of the Covenant Foundation.

#throwbackthursday: LOMED Powerful Learning Study

As part of our ten-year anniversary celebration, we are participating in the popular social media trend “Throwback Thursday” by sharing a report from some of Rosov’s earliest work on our website and social media. In Rosov Consulting’s early days, sharing findings with the greater field was not a priority, so we are using this as a chance to “resurface” important research and analysis that we conducted that might not have received the audience it warranted. This month for #throwbackthursday, we are sharing the LOMED Powerful Learning Study report from 2012. LOMED (Learner Outcomes and Measurement for Effective Education Design) was a program offered through the Coalition of Innovative Congregations (CIC), an initiative of The Jewish Education Project. The study explored[Read More…]

Being a Participant Observer: Best Practices for an Effective Site Visit

By Eitan Cooper I pass by cows on my left, and what appear to be endless amounts of farmland on my right. I’m in Northern Wisconsin, or at least I think I am; I haven’t seen a sign in quite a while. Then, almost out of nowhere, I encounter what I’m expecting. Hammered onto a tall tree to my right, just off the side of the road, is a Jewish star. I’ve finally arrived at my destination. The tree with the Jewish star points me to a long and winding dirt road, which eventually leads me to an oasis of Jewishness in a Northern Wisconsin wilderness. This is a place that produces rich, powerful Jewish experiences. For many, if not[Read More…]

The Federation Announces $2,000,000 in Grants to Launch the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative

Editor’s note: Rosov Consulting will conduct the evaluation of the new Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, discussed below Significant investment from the Jim Joseph Foundation will increase opportunities to engage teens in Jewish experiences during formative years San Francisco, CA – The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties (the Federation) is pleased to announce the launch of its Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative. This major five-year, $7.6 million endeavor is designed to build our community’s capacity to provide innovative, compelling, and sustainable opportunities that increase the number and broaden the diversity of Jewish teens engaged in Jewish experiences during their high[Read More…]

Three Years On for Onward Israel: Connection. Involvement. Action.

By Ilan Wagner Onward Israel participants spend six to ten weeks immersed in hands-on professional internships and real-life engagement with Israel. Most return to their University campuses connected, committed and inspired to lead. But can this experience be sustained, especially when these young people graduate and begin to chart their personal and professional paths? In a seminal three-year longitudinal study carried out by Rosov Consulting among Onward alumni from summer 2014, the answer is a resounding yes. Onward Israel’s impact goes beyond the immediate. At the critical juncture from college to the “real-world,” when Jewish and Israel engagement tend to wane, key findings from the study, Cohort III Alumni: Where Are They Now? A Deep Dive into Onward Israel’s Contribution to[Read More…]