Drop-In Book Club: Bee Season by Myla Goldberg
Jul
1
2:00 PM14:00

Drop-In Book Club: Bee Season by Myla Goldberg

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Jim Van Buskirk leads a discussion of Bee Season by Myla Goldberg. 

When Eliza Naumann, a seemingly unremarkable nine-year-old, wins her district spelling bee, she captures the attention of her father, Saul, absorbed in his study of Jewish mysticism, and displaces her brother, Aaron, who embarks upon a lone quest for spiritual fulfillment. Meanwhile, her brilliant but distant lawyer mother is having a crisis of her own.

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Film Class: The Heartbreak Kid
Jul
12
7:00 PM19:00

Film Class: The Heartbreak Kid

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Free program with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy. 

Charles Grodin portrays a young New Yorker who, only a few days into his honeymoon, gives up his marriage to a Jewish woman (Jeannie Berlin) in order to pursue a wealthy non-Jewish college student from the Midwest (Cybil Shepherd). Elaine May directed this controversial film adapted by Neil Simon from a story by Bruce Jay Friedman. 1972, 106 minutes. 

Discussion led by Library Director Howard Freedman. 

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training 7/16
Jul
16
9:00 AM09:00

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training 7/16

Join Jewish LearningWorks for one of two all-day Youth Mental Health First Aid Training.

Register below one of the following dates:
Monday, July 16
Friday, August 24
 

If you work with teens in any capacity, this training is for you.

Learn how to help a teen who is in crisis or who is experiencing a mental health challenge. We are grateful to our partnership with Catholic Charities of the East Bay to enable us to provide the training free of charge.

Register Here

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training 8/24
Aug
24
9:00 AM09:00

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training 8/24

Join Jewish LearningWorks for one of two all-day Youth Mental Health First Aid Training.

Register below one of the following dates:
Monday, July 16
Friday, August 24
 

If you work with teens in any capacity, this training is for you.

Learn how to help a teen who is in crisis or who is experiencing a mental health challenge. We are grateful to our partnership with Catholic Charities of the East Bay to enable us to provide the training free of charge.

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Oct
23
to Oct 24

M2 Community Lab 3: The Design of Memorable Experiences

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The field of neuroscience and the processes of memory formation are directly related to designing memorable experiences.  In what ways can our understanding of how memories are created influence the programs we design? In this seminar, participants will learn underlying theories and practical techniques to create programs that can be impactful in the present and for years to come. 

This overnight retreat will begin with lunch at noon on October 23 and end in the late afternoon on October 24.

October 23-24 M2 Community Lab:
Oct 23 at 12 - Oct 24 4pm

Redwood Glen Conference Center near Pescadero. 
100 Wright Drive, Loma Mar, CA 94021.

Interested in participating? Click here, scroll alllll the way down and add your name to the wait list.

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Dalia Sofer in Conversation with Dan Schifrin at the Library
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

Dalia Sofer in Conversation with Dan Schifrin at the Library

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Author Dalia Sofer will speak about her novel, The Septembers of Shiraz, on two consecutive evenings in the Bay Area. Sofer's San Francisco appearance will be preceded by the Friends of the Jewish Community Library's Annual Meeting at 6:15 p.m. and a reception. Sofer will be in conversation with Bay Area writer Dan Schifrin at this event. 

Sofer’s novel and this year's One Bay One Book selection, The Septembers of Shiraz, is set in Tehran in 1981, as Jewish gem trader Isaac Amin is imprisoned by the Revolutionary Guard. His wife, Farnaz, struggles to keep from slipping into despair, while his young daughter, Shirin, tries to take matters into her own hands. Far away in Brooklyn, Isaac’s son, Parviz, though not religious, falls for the pious daughter of his Hasidic landlord. Sofer masterfully captures the small tensions and larger brutalities that sharply affect a family that does not conform.

Marking its tenth anniversary, the novel remains particularly relevant during a time when renewed attention is given to the plight of refugees and to the vulnerability of Jews and other minority groups in many lands during troubling times.

Born in Tehran in 1972, Dalia Sofer came with her family to the United States in 1983. She graduated from New York University and received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her debut novel, The Septembers of Shiraz, received the Sami Rohr Prize Choice Award and the PEN/Robert Bingham Prize, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and Orange Prize.

Co-presented by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa

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Dalia Sofer in Conversation at Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto
Jun
10
7:15 PM19:15

Dalia Sofer in Conversation at Congregation Etz Chayim in Palo Alto

Author Dalia Sofer will speak about her novel, The Septembers of Shiraz, on two consecutive evenings in the Bay Area. Sofer's Palo Alto appearance will be followed by a reception. 

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Sofer’s novel and this year's One Bay One Book selection, The Septembers of Shiraz, is set in Tehran in 1981, as Jewish gem trader Isaac Amin is imprisoned by the Revolutionary Guard. His wife, Farnaz, struggles to keep from slipping into despair, while his young daughter, Shirin, tries to take matters into her own hands. Far away in Brooklyn, Isaac’s son, Parviz, though not religious, falls for the pious daughter of his Hasidic landlord. Sofer masterfully captures the small tensions and larger brutalities that sharply affect a family that does not conform.

Marking its tenth anniversary, the novel remains particularly relevant during a time when renewed attention is given to the plight of refugees and to the vulnerability of Jews and other minority groups in many lands during troubling times.

Born in Tehran in 1972, Dalia Sofer came with her family to the United States in 1983. She graduated from New York University and received an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. Her debut novel, The Septembers of Shiraz, received the Sami Rohr Prize Choice Award and the PEN/Robert Bingham Prize, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award and Orange Prize.

Co-presented by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa

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Film Class: The Plot Against Harry
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Film Class: The Plot Against Harry

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Free program with free garage parking on Pierce between Ellis and Eddy. 

Harry Plotnick, the unlikely protagonist of this extraordinary cult film that sat on the shelf for two decades after its completion, is a small-time Jewish gangster re-entering society after a stint in prison. Shifting uncomfortably between the numbers racket and a kosher catering business, he finds himself a misfit in both worlds. 1969, 81 minutes. 

Discussion led by Library Director Howard Freedman. 

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Drop-In Book Club: A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

Drop-In Book Club: A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Jim Van Buskirk leads a discussion of A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman.

Winner of the 2017 Man Booker International Prize and National Jewish Book Award for Fiction, this caustic short novel explores the life of a stand-up comic, as revealed in the course of one evening’s performance. In the dance between comic and audience, with barbs flying back and forth, a deeper story begins to take shape.


Note: Translator Jessica Cohen will speak at the Library on Thursday, April 19. Click here for more information.

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Genealogy Clinic
Jun
3
12:00 PM12:00

Genealogy Clinic

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Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Whether you’re trying to find your great-grandmother’s elusive hometown or your grandfather’s passenger manifest, take advantage of the Library’s extensive reference collection and Internet connection to countless searchable databases — all with guidance from a roundtable of experienced genealogists from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Bring your materials and your questions to the Library, generally the first Sunday of the month.

Roundtable brainstorming session begins promptly at noon. Registration requested. Call 415.567.3327 x 704.

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Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History with Steven Zipperstein
May
31
7:00 PM19:00

Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History with Steven Zipperstein

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Kishinev’s 1903 riot seized the imagination of the international public and became the prototype for what would now become known as a pogrom. It would provide a crucial impetus to developments as far flung as Zionism, the NAACP, and the first version of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. In this lecture, Professor Zipperstein will discuss his much-anticipated new work on the Kishinev pogrom.

“Pogrom is a splendid book that pinpoints the moment at the start of the twentieth century when exile in Europe turned deadly in a way that foretold the end of everything. It tells of horror that occurred street by street, butchery by butchery — told with gripping
clarity and an admirable brevity.”

— PHILIP ROTH

Steven J. Zipperstein, the author or editor of eight books, is Koshland Professor of Jewish Culture and History at Stanford. He is co-editor of the Jewish Lives series published by Yale University Press.

Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica, KlezCalifornia, and JFCS Holocaust Center.

Program made possible, in part, by Judy Baston.

 

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From the Shahs to Los Angeles: The Modern Iranian Jewish Experience with Saba Soomekh
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

From the Shahs to Los Angeles: The Modern Iranian Jewish Experience with Saba Soomekh

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Professor Soomekh will discuss the history of the Jews of Iran in the modern era. What was life like for Jews under Shi’a Islam, how did conditions change under the secular regime of the Pahlavis, and how did the 1979 Islamic Revolution affect Iranian Jews? She will also address life in America for the thousands of Jews who immigrated to the United States in the wake of the Iranian Revolution and the government-sponsored discrimination that followed. Soomekh will explore how the Iranian Jewish community has maintained its hybrid identity and its relationship with non-Iranian Jews, the Ashkenazi community, and Israel.

Dr. Saba Soomekh is the assistant director of interreligious and intercommunity affairs at
the American Jewish Committee. She teaches religious studies, Middle Eastern history,
and women’s studies courses at UCLA. Professor Soomekh is the editor of Sephardi and
Mizrahi Jews in America
and the author of From the Shahs to Los Angeles: Three Generations of Iranian Jewish Women between Religion and Culture. Dr. Soomekh was the exhibition coordinator for Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews at UCLA’s Fowler Museum.

Co-sponsored by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

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Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman with Robbin Légère Henderson
May
17
7:00 PM19:00

Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman with Robbin Légère Henderson

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Russian immigrant Matilda Rabinowitz (1887–1963) was a feminist, labor organizer, and mother. In her memoir, written in her later years, she describes life in the Pale of Settlement and tells the story of her journey to America, her political awakening and work as an organizer for the IWW, and, in her personal life, of a turbulent romance and struggle to support herself and her child. Matilda’s granddaughter Robbin Légère Henderson added commentary and illustrations for Immigrant Girl, Radical Woman, recently published by Cornell University Press.

Robbin Légère Henderson is an artist and writer whose work has been shown internationally, and most recently at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Henderson received her B.A. in English literature at the University of California at Berkeley, with further study at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Co-sponsored by the Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California.

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia.

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JLW: INCLUDE Family Camp
May
11
to May 13

JLW: INCLUDE Family Camp

Registration is closed.

To sign up for an early updates list, or if you have any questions, please email rsmith@jewishlearningworks.org

Outdoor games, arts and crafts, hiking, yoga, music & more!


Each year, children with special needs and their siblings, parents, and grandparents enjoy three days of community, creativity, and fun in a Jewish setting at Special Needs Family Camp. Together they participate in Jewish communal and life cycle events and worship services. They attend workshops, relax, find support, and share experiences.

JLW: INCLUDE Family Camp is a magical weekend for all attendees. It gives families the chance to play and recharge while strengthening their ties with Judaism and meeting and bonding with other families who share the same joys and challenges. Siblings and campers challenge themselves and make new friends while engaging in outdoor and indoor activities with the support of trained staff.

 

 

 

 

On the fence? See what these parents have to say: 

"Family Camp and Passover are the two Jewish events each year which we truly cherish."
“Family Camp is a great reminder for us that we are not alone. It's a gift to be able to connect with other Jewish families facing similar challenges and know that we are accepted and embraced, regardless of our child's special needs.”
“Family Camp is the only place we can be a "normal" family enjoying a weekend family-camp experience. Our son thrives there in the care of loving volunteers and other parents while being provided with a spiritual education through nature and Jewish thought and teachings. We the parental unit enjoy a most-treasured 48-hour respite from the 24/7 care and attention our son requires.”
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Bay Area Youth Professionals Network
May
9
10:00 AM10:00

Bay Area Youth Professionals Network

Bay Area Youth Professionals Network from 10:00-12:30 at Jewish LearningWorks; 44 Page St, 6th Floor in San Francisco
We are on the BART/MUNI line. Just a 10 minute walk from Civic Center BART, and 1 block from Van Ness MUNI.

The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 


There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

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Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism with Daniel Kupfert Heller
May
6
1:30 PM13:30

Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism with Daniel Kupfert Heller

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

Why would a Zionist youth movement in 1930s Poland consider marching in Polish patriotic parades and training with Polish military groups to be Zionist acts? Drawing upon his new book, Daniel Kupfert Heller will discuss the fascinating dynamics that led Betar, one of interwar Poland’s most popular Jewish youth movements, to model their ceremonies on Polish patriotic rituals, call for their members to “act Polish,” and include Polish government officials as both observers and participants in their celebrations. By recovering the voices of ordinary Betar members, Heller offers a fascinating window into the turbulent lives of Polish Jewish youth on the eve of the Holocaust.

Daniel Kupfert Heller is an assistant professor in the department of Jewish studies at McGill University. His areas of research include Jewish life in Eastern Europe and the history of Zionism. He is the recipient of McGill University’s H. Noel Fieldhouse Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching. His book, Jabotinsky’s Children: Polish Jews and the Rise of Right-Wing Zionism, was published by Princeton University Press in 2017.

Co-sponsored by the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University and Taube Philanthropies

Program made possible, in part, by Lawrence Burgheimer. 

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Genealogy Clinic
May
6
12:00 PM12:00

Genealogy Clinic

Free event with free garage parking off Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Whether you’re trying to find your great-grandmother’s elusive hometown or your grandfather’s passenger manifest, take advantage of the Library’s extensive reference collection and Internet connection to countless searchable databases — all with guidance from a roundtable of experienced genealogists from the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society. Bring your materials and your questions to the Library, generally the first Sunday of the month.

Roundtable brainstorming session begins promptly at noon. Registration requested. Call 415.567.3327 x 704.

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May
2
to May 3

M2 Community Lab 2 : Imagineering: The Art and Science of Out-of-the-Box Thinking

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What if?  These two words have the power to transform our capacity to think limitlessly and boundlessly.  What if we had the tools to think outside the box… to innovate… to transform space and environments? What if we could control our ability to think creatively? And what if we could re-imagine the scope of our programs? Learn how to unshackle your creative self and surface extraordinarily innovative possibilities, and incorporate these ideas into your programs! 

PJCC
800 Foster City Boulevard, Foster City
9:30 am - 5:00 pm on May 2
9:30 am- 3:30 pm on May 3

Interested in participating? Click here, scroll alllll the way down and add your name to the wait list.

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Drop-In Book Club: The Septembers of Shiraz with Professor Jaleh Pirnazar
Apr
30
8:00 PM20:00

Drop-In Book Club: The Septembers of Shiraz with Professor Jaleh Pirnazar

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Please join us at Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley for a discussion of this year's One Bay One Book selection, The Septembers of Shiraz, by Dalia Sofer, led by Professor Jaleh Pirnazar. 

Books are available for borrowing and can be signed out at Congregation Beth Israel in Berkeley or the Jewish Community Library in San Francisco. 

Dr. Jaleh Pirnazar has been teaching in the Department of Near Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1980. Her research interests include Iranian history, literature, ethnic and religious minorities in Iran. She teaches Modern Persian Language and Literature as well as Iranian Cinema. Her publications include “A Voice of Exile” in The Literary Review: Iranian Diaspora Literature Since 1980 (1996); “Iranian Jews, National Identity and Journalism 1915-1979” in The History of Contemporary Iranian Jews (2000); and “The Image of the Iranian Jew in the Writings of Three Modern Iranian Writers" in Iran Nameh (1995).

Co-presented by JIMENA: Jews Indigenous to the Middle East and North Africa.

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Yom Ha’atzamut Celebration and Concert with Hadag Nahash - San Francisco
Apr
29
4:00 PM16:00

Yom Ha’atzamut Celebration and Concert with Hadag Nahash - San Francisco

 

Look out for Poster Tales, an exhibition which leverages several decades of Yom Ha'atzmaut posters as source material for analysis, dialogue, and ultimately, connection.  Originally created for the classroom, this acclaimed resource ended with Israel @60. In partnership with The iCenter for Israel Education, we're so proud to return with a brand new and updated addendum bringing us to Israel @70 just in time for independence day.

Online Registration Required by Friday, April 20, 2018

Advance registration is required for security purposes. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

Event Detail
4:00 – 6:00 pm: Israeli “Shuk” (Market) with activities for the whole family, music, and food for purchase
6:00 – 7:30 pm: Torchlight ceremony and musical performance by Israel’s biggest Hip Hop/Funk band, Hadag Nahash

Tickets
$18 for adults ages 18+
$10 for students and children ages 10-17
No charge for children under age 10

Poster Tales and much much more - Details Here

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When Jesus Spoke Yiddish: Translating the Gospels for Jews with Naomi Seidman
Apr
29
1:30 PM13:30

When Jesus Spoke Yiddish: Translating the Gospels for Jews with Naomi Seidman

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Among the many translations of the New Testament, those directed at Jews present a particular set of challenges and opportunities. This lecture traces the four-hundred-year history of the Yiddish translation of the New Testament. While early translators, typically Jewish converts to Christianity, kept close to Luther’s German, in the twentieth century Yiddish translations moved toward a more idiomatic, Jewish, and “juicy” Yiddish. Dr. Seidman will explore how and why translators changed their approach, and what this move says about broader trends in modern Jewish culture, Yiddish literary style, and Jewish–Christian relations.


Naomi Seidman is Koret Professor of Jewish Culture at the Graduate Theological Union
in Berkeley. Her books include A Marriage Made in Heaven: The Sexual Politics of Hebrew
and Yiddish; Faithful Renderings: Jewish–Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation; 
and The Marriage Plot, Or, How Jews Fell in Love with Love, and with Literature.


Co-presented by Workmen’s Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California, the Center for the Art of Translation, KlezCalifornia, and Lehrhaus Judaica.

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Apr
29
11:00 AM11:00

Yom Ha'atzma'ut Celebration for Young Children and their Families—in Hebrew!

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Looking for a joyful family celebration of Israeli Independence Day? This free gathering at the Jewish Community Library will feature stories, songs, crafts projects, and kosher food -- with participation by storytellers Koren Zuckerman and  Maayan Glaser-Koren of Treehouse Learning. The event will be entirely in Hebrew.

RSVP to Noa at 415.567.3327 x703. or nalbaum@jewishlearningworks.org

Program made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund. Co-sponsored by the Israeli House of the Consulate General of Israel.

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Project Based Learning (PBL): Design Tools and Strategies  | Series Begins Thursday ONLINE
Apr
26
10:30 AM10:30

Project Based Learning (PBL): Design Tools and Strategies | Series Begins Thursday ONLINE

You spoke, we listened!

"Program Design and Project Based Learning are in the top three areas of interest." 
- 2017 Bay Area Educator Survey

This high-level series will be grounded in the theory behind project based learning.

Understand what project based learning is, and isn’t.
Assess your current program offerings and determine opportunities to engage students with PBL.
- Brainstorm the idea and design phases of educational program design for use at your site.
- Engage with Jewish text study as a tool to support PBL.
Connect with like minded-colleagues in a supportive and collaborative learning environment.

Expect to prepare with short reading or writing activities before each class. Recordings will be available for up to a week if you miss a session. Complete all three classes for a 10% discount for future coaching support related to developing PBL at your site.

PBL Webinar Series (Thursday)
36.00
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Thursday Series
Session 1: April 26, 2018
Session 2: May 10, 2018
Session 3: May 24, 2018
(limited to 6 participants)

Prefer Wednesday? Sign up here.
Want a PM or Sunday option? Email JMangel@jewishlearningworks.org

*Online sessions are held via Zoom. If you are new to Zoom (or online learning) let us know - we will help you get comfortable with this new tool.

Now offering this course for staff teams! Interested? Contact Jenni Mangel to discuss details: 415.529.3225 or JenniMangel@JewishLearningWorks.org


Presented By Jenni Mangel, MA
Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a deep commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development.  She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993.  

Before rejoining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals. Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.  

Jenni is an active parent leader and volunteer at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley and Harding Elementary School in El Cerrito.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in the garden with her husband, two children and dog, practicing yoga, taking photographs, making greeting cards, or connecting with family and friends.

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South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools
Apr
25
10:30 AM10:30

South Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools

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JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.

Our topic for this session is Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools. At this hands-on workshop we will: 
- understand why we do evaluation and for whom;
- consider pros and cons of different types of evaluation tools;
- practice converting measures of success into measurable outcomes; and
- create evaluation questions you can put into use.

There is no charge for participation, but registration is recommended so that we we can be in touch with you about any last minute or day-of changes.

Presented By Jenni Mangel, MA.

Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development.  She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993. She currently serves as the Managing Director, Professional Learning at Jewish LearningWorks.  

Over the years, Jenni held a variety of leadership and educator positions at the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco (BJE, now “Jewish Learning Works”), Berkeley Hillel, Jewish Vocational Service, Midrasha – East Bay Jewish Community High School, Mills College, San Francisco State University (SFSU), Jewish Milestones, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Habonim Dror. Before (re)joining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals.

Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.  

Jenni is an active parent leader and volunteer at both Congregation Netivot Shalom and Harding Elementary School.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in her garden with her husband, two children and dog; taking photographs; making greeting cards; and connecting with family and friends.

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North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools
Apr
24
9:45 AM09:45

North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools

North Peninsula Jewish Family Engagement Network
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JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.
 

Our topic for this session is Measurable Outcomes and Evaluation Tools. At this hands-on workshop we will: 
- understand why we do evaluation and for whom;
- consider pros and cons of different types of evaluation tools;
- practice converting measures of success into measurable outcomes; and
- create evaluation questions you can put into use.

There is no charge for participation, but registration is recommended so that we we can be in touch with you about any last minute or day-of changes.

Presented By Jenni Mangel, MA.

Jenni is an educator who believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families.  Her work reflects a commitment to connect learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development.  She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993. She currently serves as the Managing Director, Professional Learning at Jewish LearningWorks.  

Over the years, Jenni held a variety of leadership and educator positions at the Bureau of Jewish Education in San Francisco (BJE, now “Jewish Learning Works”), Berkeley Hillel, Jewish Vocational Service, Midrasha – East Bay Jewish Community High School, Mills College, San Francisco State University (SFSU), Jewish Milestones, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Habonim Dror. Before (re)joining the team at Jewish LearningWorks in 2017, Jenni worked for 10 years as a coach and consultant to help individuals and organizations develop the capacity to effectively reach their professional and organizational goals.

Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA (2006) where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Prior to that Jenni earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1998) where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education.  

Jenni is an active parent leader and volunteer at both Congregation Netivot Shalom and Harding Elementary School.  When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in her garden with her husband, two children and dog; taking photographs; making greeting cards; and connecting with family and friends.

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David Bergelson's Judgment: Imagining the Russian Revolution in Yiddish, with Sasha Senderovich
Apr
22
1:30 PM13:30

David Bergelson's Judgment: Imagining the Russian Revolution in Yiddish, with Sasha Senderovich

Free event with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets. 

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David Bergelson's Yiddish-language novel Judgment, first published in 1929, has been rendered into English for the first time. Translator Sasha Senderovich will discuss the context for this powerful novel, written in Berlin in the late 1920s and set in a Jewish shtetl in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution. The writer Gary Shteyngart called it “A brilliant, nightmarish look at a world without boundaries set alight by madmen.” Bergelson, a master of intricate Yiddish prose and the author of The End of Everything and Descent, was murdered on Stalin’s orders in 1952.

Sasha Senderovich is an assistant professor of Slavic and Jewish Studies at the University of Washington, Seattle. Together with Harriet Murav, he translated David Bergelson's Judgment: A Novel (Northwestern University Press, 2017). He is currently working on his first monograph, How the Soviet Jew Was Made. 

Co-presented by KlezCalifornia and Workmen's Circle / Arbeter Ring of Northern California. 

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Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration - Peninsula
Apr
22
11:00 AM11:00

Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration - Peninsula

  • San Mateo County Event Center, Expo Hall (map)
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Celebrate Israel's Independence Day at a community-wide annual party, with music, dancing, food and fun for the entire family! Featuring Israeli hip hop/funk band Hadag Nahash and a children's show with Gili and Hanny Nahmias

Early bird pricing through April 8: Free for children ages 0–3 | $10 Children ages 3-17 | $12 Adults 18+ 

For the entire community
Sunday, April 22
11:00 AM–5:00 PM
San Mateo County Event Center, Expo Hall
Public Parking (parking fees may apply): 1346 Saratoga Dr, San Mateo, CA 94403

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Jewish LearningWorks is proud to sponsor this event!

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A Translator Walks into a Bar with Jessica Cohen
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

A Translator Walks into a Bar with Jessica Cohen

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Translator Jessica Cohen will discuss the joys and challenges of rendering the work of some of the finest Israeli writers into English. Translators are bridge-builders between different languages and cultures, and the bridge between Hebrew and English can be particularly difficult. Cohen will consider different ways of contextualizing Israeli cultural references for English-language readers, and the particular difficulties posed by jokes and humor. She will focus especially on David Grossman’s award-winning A Horse Walks into a Bar, which employs humor (often of the dark variety) more to unsettle than to entertain.

Jessica Cohen is a freelance translator born in England, raised in Israel, and living in
Denver. She translates contemporary Israeli prose, poetry, and other creative work.
She won the Man Booker International Prize for her translation of David Grossman’s
A Horse Walks into a Bar (2017). Her translations include works by major Israeli writers
including Etgar Keret, Dorit Rabinyan, Ronit Matalon, Moshe Sakal, and Tom Segev,
as well as director Ari Folman (Waltz with Bashir).

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Art of Translation.
Co-presented by the Consulate General of Israel.

Program made possible, in part, by Jane and Michael Rice.

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South Peninsula Youth Professional Network
Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

South Peninsula Youth Professional Network

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The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 

There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

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North Bay Youth Professional Network
Apr
17
10:30 AM10:30

North Bay Youth Professional Network

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The Youth Professionals Network is open to anyone working with Jewish teens in any educational capacity. The goals of the network are for us to connect as professionals, to learn about a new topic related to working with Jewish teens and to engage in Jewish learning. We will meet every other month by region, and we will gather as a Bay Area Youth Professionals community on the other months. 

There is no charge to participate; email Deb Massey at dmassey@jewishlearningworks.org to RSVP.

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Moses Veiled and Unveiled with Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Moses Veiled and Unveiled with Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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The narrative of revelation at Mount Sinai is immediately followed by the catastrophic episode of the Golden Calf. Dr. Zornberg will explore Moses’ role in this episode and answer the question: Why does his face radiate light at the end of the narrative?

Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg lives in Jerusalem, where she has been lecturing on Torah since 1980. Born in London, she grew up in Glasgow, studying Torah with her father, who was a rabbi and head of the Rabbinical Court. Dr. Zornberg holds a PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University and has taught English literature at Hebrew University. Zornberg reads biblical narratives through the prism of midrash, literature, philosophy, and particularly psychoanalysis. She is the author of five critically acclaimed books; her most recent, Moses: A Human Life, was published by Yale University Press.

A reception and book signing will follow the talk. This event is in memory of Marsha Rivkind Raleigh z''l.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Community High School of the Bay
Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica and Congregation Emanu-El.

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Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: from Brandeis to Kagan with David Dalin
Apr
15
1:30 PM13:30

Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: from Brandeis to Kagan with David Dalin

Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

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Dr. David Dalin's newest book is the first history of the eight Jewish men and women who have served or who currently serve as justices of the Supreme Court. In his presentation, Dalin will discuss the Jewish background, identities, and legacies of the Jewish Justices and the changing role of Jews within the American legal profession. He will also address the antisemitism some of the justices encountered in their ascent to America’s highest court.

“A must read for anyone interested in Jewish, American, or legal history.”

—Alan Dershowitz

Dr. David Dalin is an ordained rabbi and scholar of American Jewish history and Jewish-Christian relations. He is the author, co-author, or editor of twelve books, including Religion and State in the American Jewish Experience and The Presidents of
the United States and the Jews
. His book Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan, published by Brandeis University Press, was recently selected as a finalist for the 2017 National Jewish Book Award.

Co-sponsored by the Jewish Bar Association of San Francisco.

Co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica.

Program made possible, in part, by Marilyn Dobbs Higuera in memory of Stephen Dobbs.

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From Generation To Generation: le-dor va-dor; three generations of Jewish women artists
Apr
12
7:00 PM19:00

From Generation To Generation: le-dor va-dor; three generations of Jewish women artists

Opening reception: Thursday, April 12

Ongoing exhibition: April 12–July 15, 2018

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Free admission with free garage parking on Pierce Street between Ellis and Eddy streets.

A family legacy of thriving artistic life was established by matriarch Tobeleah Wechsler z"l, descendant of an illustrious rabbinic family, who co-founded the Cheltenham Art Center in Pennsylvania. Her daughter, Barbara Stanger, and granddaughter, Susan Stanger, who were exposed to artists and art at an early age, inherited her love for art and craft. All three Jewish women artists exemplify a lifelong dedication to growing and developing their own individual styles and skills. Their work comes together for the first time in this exhibit. 

Le-dor va-dor includes contemporary Jewish ceremonial objects, paintings, drawings, and sculpture by Barbara and Susan Stanger and Tobeleah Wechsler.

Barbara Stanger is an artist, jeweler, and art teacher whose work has been included in numerous museum exhibitions and has been circulated nationally by the Smithsonian Institution and the American Federation of the Arts. Her ceremonial pieces are also found in noted private collections, including that of Leah and Yitzchak Rabin.

Susan Stanger began her career as a designer and illustrator in Hawaii. Since coming to the Bay Area in 1998, she has maintained a practice of sketching wherever she goes in San Francisco and on her travels. As a freelance graphic artist she designed books and publications for Congregations Beth Sholom and Keneset HaLev in San Francisco.

Tobeleah Wechsler came from a traditional Jewish family; the only Jews in their small Pennsylvania town, they traced their heritage to the Kovno rabbis, one of the most renowned dynasties of Lithuanian Jewry. Dedicated to her family and her art, she co-founded the Cheltenham Art Center in 1940 with the goal of building a supportive local arts community.

Opening reception made possible, in part, by David Zebker. 

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