Cohort 9



The ninth cohort of MTEI begins its work in November 2019 with 45 Jewish educational leaders from across the country representing the full spectrum of Jewish life. Program participants include educational leaders working in congregations, day schools, early childhood programs and communal agencies. All are working to improve the quality of teaching and learning in their institutions by creating robust professional development opportunities for their faculties.

MTEI offers these senior educational leaders not only a serious professional learning experience, but also access to a robust graduate network.  Since its inception in 1995, more than 275 educational leaders have experienced MTEI’s challenging approach to rethinking the quality of Jewish education. Graduates state that the 2-year program and the ongoing graduate network learning strengthens their abilities to do their current jobs as educational leaders and builds their capacity for future work in the Jewish educational community.

If you are interested in participating in the next cohort or wish to nominate candidates, please contact one of the following:

Sue Bojdak, Recruitment Coordinator:

Gail Dorph, MTEI Founding Director:

Miriam Raider Roth, MTEI Director:

Seymour Kopelowitz, Mandel Foundation Consultant to MTEI:

Dates for Cohort 9

Seminar 1: November 3-6, 2019

Seminar 2: March 1-4, 2020

Seminar 3: June 21-24, 2020

Seminar 4: October 25-28, 2020

Seminar 5: March 7-10, 2021

Seminar 6: June 27-30, 2021

Each seminar begins on Sunday at 3:30 pm and concludes on Wednesday at 1:30 pm. There are always sessions in the evening on Sunday, and sometimes on either Monday or Tuesday. One night is always free.

Program Costs

The Mandel Foundation generously provides funding for the instructional and administrative costs of the seminars as well as subsidizing meals and accommodations. Participants (their institutions and communities) are expected to cover travel and partial hotel costs. Full or partial scholarships are also available.

Cost to Participants for Each Seminar

Single Occupancy: $350   /   Double Occupancy: $260   /   Commuter: $190

*Fees for single/double occupancy do not include hotel guest room tax (currently 14.5%) or incidentals. With the exception of commuters, fees are paid directly to the hotel upon arrival. Roommate arrangements for those requesting double occupancy are based on availability.

Seminars take place in the Chicago area at the DoubleTree North Shore Conference hotel, located on 9599 Skokie Boulevard, Skokie, Illinois, 60077. The hotel is about 1⁄2 hour from O’Hare airport.