Chicago-area Jewish supplemental schools educate thousands of students, like this one.

JUF Education has unveiled “Shifting the Paradigm Initiatives,” a set of major new initiatives to boost Jewish education in the Chicago area. 

On a chilly May morning, 80 Jewish educators from schools across the region, representing diverse denominations of Judaism, gathered together for a major JUF-led symposium, “Shifting the Paradigm: Jewish Education for 21st Century Learners.” The gathering made the case for innovation in Jewish education, previewed strategies, and presented new JUF resources that aim to help Jewish educators innovate and grow. 

Whether they’re called Hebrew schools, religious schools, Sunday schools, or other names, Chicago-area Jewish supplemental schools are educating thousands of students. At the same time, there is room for growth. “The

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