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North Pen Jewish Family Engagement Network | Markers of Success

  • Peninsula JCC 800 Foster City Boulevard Foster City, CA, 94404 United States (map)
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.

At today’s session we will explore how we know if we’re succeeding in our work. After an event we are often asked “how did it go?” by a well meaning colleague or lay leader. How do we answer this question!? Most of us share the number of people who attended, how much food was eaten, and if we had the right materials for the art project.

How might our measures of success address whether families had a meaningful connection with another family, or asked good questions, or engaged actively with the program’s activity.

At this first JFEN session we will:

  • Articulate what “meaningful Jewish engagement” looks like today.
  • Propose measurable outcomes that will help us know if we’re succeeding in our work.

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.
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.  

Over the years, she 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.