Jewish Family Engagement Network

The Jewish Family Engagement Network (JFEN) is a community of practice for educators and engagement professionals who work with Jewish families in a wide variety of settings, both formal and informal. JFEN is intended for professionals working with families whose children are age 5-12, but welcomes others to join too.

JFEN participants will:

“The connections I made as a result of the [JFEN] meeting are an extraordinary resource for my work. I found a forum to explore new ideas, hear from colleagues about opportunities to engage families in Jewish life, and I’ve already used these networks to build on existing programs.”
— JFEN Participant, Spring 2017
  • Connect with one another in order to share resources, discuss issues, highlight best practices, grow as professionals
  • Develop knowledge, skills and tools related to work with Jewish families.
  • Reduce the feeling of isolation or feeling of re-creating the wheel in a vacuum.

In addition to informal schmoozing before and after the session, each meeting will include interactive, learner centered activities, a Jewish text study experience replicable with families, and a content rich learning block designed to give you material you can immediately apply to your work.

This year we are offering three stand alone sessions in each region - you can come to one or all three. Choose the dates, times and locations that are most convenient for you and your schedule!

There is no charge for the network. Registration is requested but not required.
All Sessions are from 10:30 - 12:30. Feel free to bring a lunch and stick around to shmooze!

East Bay
The Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay
Tues, Oct 31, 2017
Tues, Jan 9, 2018
Tues, Apr 10, 2018

South Peninsula
Oshman Family JCC

Tues, Nov 7, 2017
Wed, Jan 31, 2018
Tues, Apr 25, 2018

North Peninsula
Peninsula JCC

Tues, Nov 14, 2017
Tues, Jan 30, 2018
Tues, Apr 24, 2018 

The Jewish Family Engagement Network is led by Jenni Mangel, a veteran Jewish educator who specializes in professional development and is excited to work with this group. Please direct questions or comments about JFEN to her via email or phone: or 415.529.3225.