Maven: a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others. The word maven comes from the Hebrew, via Yiddish, and means one who understands, based on an accumulation of knowledge.
This venture is an expansion of our current pilot program which features a solo ‘Maven’ Intern working on three campuses. The project aims to place informal Jewish peer educators on university campuses with Jewish populations comprised largely of Toronto natives. Each Maven will be hired to work on the campus where he or she currently studies with the primary objectives of lending accessible Jewish content and depth to initiatives already existing on campus (such as Shabbat dinners, Birthright reunions, or tzedek projects), building relationships with unengaged Jewish students, and creating both formal and informal learning opportunities. Qualities we are seeking in interns are: a strong Jewish background, past participation in Jewish youth programming, gap year, yeshiva or as a camp counselor, ability to have in-depth conversations, emotional maturity, without a prior formal leadership role within the Jewish campus community, and able to attend a national training. When students complete their internship they will have gained and honed new skills in many areas, including teaching, communication, working with peers, strategy, marketing, and networking. They will also be well-trained informal Jewish educators.