High Holy Days @Shul - Printable Activity Pages for Kids

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An Introduction from our CEO

An Introduction from our CEO

This time last year, we’d just concluded a strategic plan in response to an existential crisis: would we survive? And, should we?

As it turned out, our attention shifted to a different question: what matters most?  What work, outcomes, and impact, were calling us?

I reflected on how Jewish learning has affected my life.  It’s helped me to be a better husband, better father, better son, better brother, better friend, better neighbor, better citizen. It informed my life with joy and purpose.  It helped me understand my place in the world and with whom I belong.  It provided tools with which I could discern what success and happiness mean.  It opened my eyes to the many blessings life has provided me.  It deepened my connections with and obligations to my family, community, and the world. It helped me understand what and whose story I am a part of.

In short, Jewish learning helped me understand how to live. 

The report that follows showcases our impact and explores who we are, what we do, who we serve, and who supports our work. Every section, including this one, offers an overview and an opportunity to click to dive in where your interest or curiosity is piqued.

If you find information that intrigues you, or puzzles you, or concerns you – please reach out to me by responding to this email or by phone - 415.529.3204.  We are a learning organization.  Jewish learning involves conversation.

On the Jewish Community Library | Ernest Newbrun, D.M.D., Ph.D.

On the Jewish Community Library | Ernest Newbrun, D.M.D., Ph.D.

Times are changing and people are getting more and more information online, but if you're a novice in a field, you have a hard time knowing what's factual. At the Jewish Community Library, the librarians help guide you. As concerns programming, I'm always amazed by the caliber of speakers which is very impressive. I've never been disappointed and wish I had more time to spend there. Click image for the full story…

Major new teen initiative launches in Bay Area

Major new teen initiative launches in Bay Area - J.

In the early 1990s, Debra Sagan Massey was a young adult working as a youth director at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, and Mike Friedman was one of her teen charges. Today, 25 years later, Massey and Friedman are all grown up, and working together again - fittingly, with teens.

11 stellar Israeli novels that cry out to be read

11 stellar Israeli novels that cry out to be read - J.

As we mark Israel's 70th anniversary, I remain awed that a small country with a reconstructed language should produce a literature that is so rich. Below is a sampling of 11 varied titles that give a taste of Israeli literature at its best. 1. "Only Yesterday," S.Y.

‘Yiddish not spoken here’ — but my dad had a different idea

'Yiddish not spoken here' - but my dad had a different idea - J.

I grew up in Israel in a domestic war zone - a "language war" that raged between my parents. The fight was between Hebrew and Yiddish. Ours was not the only household where this war was fought. It was a struggle between the new Israel and the old diaspora, but it was very personal and quite emotional.

Meet JLW: Rachel Dorsey, Director of Marketing

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What is your name, title and role at Jewish LearningWorks.  How long have you worked here?
I’m Rachel Dorsey, Director of Marketing.  I’ve worked with Jewish LearningWorks since 2013  - right when we changed from BJE to JLW.  I was originally hired as a consultant and have held several pieces of work in various configurations since then.

Where do you live and what do you like about your neighborhood/community
My family and I recently moved from Oakland to the North Bay. We’re still figuring out how our family fits in here… I’ll tell you what I miss about Oakland - every single day I would run into a friend on the street.  I stopped in my old neighborhood for 30 minutes last week on my way through and ran into a friend.  It doesn’t happen in our neighborhood yet, but I’m sure it will soon. 

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Tell us a little bit about your journey - what did you do before you joined our team?
I started my career in wine marketing, focusing on “new media” content production back when Youtube, Facebook and Twitter were brand new. After a life-changing Birthright trip, I reconnected with my roots, moving into the Jewish non profit world as director of Birthright Israel NEXT in the Bay Area.  When the national organization shifted their operating model, I was offered a job directing marketing for a local bank.  I simultaneously received offers to consult.  As my consulting portfolio grew, I left the bank and hung a shingle as a business growth consultant.  Jewish LearningWorks was my first BIG client.  My relationship with JLW has grown and deepened since then.

What excites you about your work
My colleagues are brilliant.  They are creative, they are engaging and they care so deeply about our purpose: to empower educators and parents to flourish as learners and as Jews.  I love crafting a compelling message that helps our constituents imagine the impact they can have on the kids in their lives as a result of participating.  I’m especially excited for our newest initiative, Voices for Good. Created by women, for women, Voices offers two tracks.  One for emerging and one for established leaders.  I would have really benefited from the Fellowship earlier in my career and I've already benefited from the very first East Bay Salon.  I'm looking forward to the next one.

Describe a time that you really felt like you/your work made a difference
I feel incredibly lucky to sit at the intersection of everything that goes on in this busy place. I feel like I’m making a difference every day.

 Our CEO with Rachel's Son, Levi

Our CEO with Rachel's Son, Levi

Describe a time that felt really challenging for you.
Since joining the team, I’ve become a mom and then became a mom of two.  Being a working parent is no joke.  Figuring out how to juggle it all and be present for it all… it’s a challenge. But in this job and in this place I’ve never had to choose who I’m going to be.  I get to bring all of me to the table.  Each facet is considered an asset, and my colleagues love my kids. That’s incredibly empowering.

Describe a time when you felt triumphant.
When we emerged from our strategic plan, our work was significantly streamlined.  We were concerned that the community might not understand our direction and might not support the choices we made.  I had the opportunity to work closely with our senior leadership to craft our communications around the transitions and when the positive kuddos rolled in…. triumph.

Tell us something that might surprise us.
In addition to my work with Jewish LearningWorks, I operate a successful business.  While I still consult for businesses and coach entrepreneurial woman, my main business (outside of JLW) is a full service film production company.  I’ve had the great fortune to produce and direct projects for Facebook, Mixbook and Whole Foods, among others.

What are you reading (and what would you like to share about it?)
It's incredibly challenging to find time to read, so I've been listening to a lot of podcasts lately to maximize my drive time. BUT - my mom recommended Anita Diamant’s The Boston Girl and once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down.  

 Officiating a wedding and being referred to as Rabbi Rachel for the rest of the night... 

Officiating a wedding and being referred to as Rabbi Rachel for the rest of the night... 

What do you want to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered for my can-do attitude and my head-down work ethic.
But more than that, I want to be remembered for chesed (loving kindness).

And the time people thought I was a Rabbi.  That was pretty great.

INCLUDE Day of Learning | A Window into the Work

Recently, 50 educators gathered from all over the Bay Area for our annual INCLUDE Day of Learning, a day focused on the inclusion of people with special needs in Early Childhood and K-8 Jewish educational programs.  

The experience affords an opportunity to reflect on our methodologies – not WHAT we teach, but HOW we aim to impact Jewish learning.

 Meredith Englander Polsky engages with attendees

Meredith Englander Polsky engages with attendees

In our work, we often face a dilemma.  

Teachers most often seek practical help – tools, techniques, resources – specific tools that they can use to improve their practice.  In the world of leadership development, one might call these “technical solutions.”

 Eve Margol addresses differentiated learning

Eve Margol addresses differentiated learning

However, we are not satisfied by technical solutions, because technical solutions are a band-aid. Instead, we seek to address these technical challenges by pursuing, promoting and training toward higher-level thinking to effect deeper changes – in day-to-day practice AND in the way we think.  

 Dr. David Neufeld takes questions

Dr. David Neufeld takes questions

Addressing these higher-level challenges might be called “adaptive thinking" and have a better chance of resulting in "adaptive solutions.”  One method by which we help influence these adaptive approaches is to provide “educational thought leadership” - helping educators think differently about important aspects of their practice.

But we don't stop there.  We pour tremendous energy into deepening our efforts to expand beyond thought leadership.  We work to equip educators with knowledge, skills and tools that they are prepared to use in their classrooms.

Yesterday, we brought Meredith Englander Polsky, Covenant Educator Award winner and founder of a sister inclusion organization, Matan, and her colleague, Eve Margol, founder of Linked Education Resources from New York to our community to partner with our own Dr. David Neufeld.  Together, the three thought leaders engaged with 50 educators representing a huge cross section of our community on this very subject. 

I'm thrilled to report that participant reactions indicate shifts in deeper thinking, one educator reported "really understanding that every child is made in the image of G-d and remembering and honoring that even in the hardest moments." And, every single educator was able to report concrete actions they plan to bring to their classrooms.  

Other evaluations similarly referred to both modes of learning – “Eve’s workshop…was a dream because it contained a lot of concrete tools and strategies…” and “I loved David’s workshop on integrating sensory  tools…eye-opening and really helpful,” and “I loved how you addressed the emotions and concerns that we educators have about ourselves…”  Though these comments were cherry-picked, the evaluations were uniformly and enthusiastically positive.

If you would like to know more about what was covered during the Day of Learning or if you are interested in supporting this important work in some way, please be in touch with David Neufeld - dneufeld@jewishlearningworks.org

Meet JLW: Vavi Toran, Israel Education and Arts Specialist

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What is your name, title and role at Jewish LearningWorks.  How long have you worked here?
My name is Vavi Toran, I am the Israel Education Specialist and I’ve worked here for fifteen years, not continuously.

Where do you live and what do you like about your neighborhood/community?
I live in San Francisco, in the now trendy NOPA neighborhood. I loved the neighborhood when I moved in with my family close to thirty years ago for its diversity and urban grunge, and I love it now because it’s cool, young and buzzing with activity, great cafes and restaurants.


Tell us a little bit about your journey - what did you do before you joined our team?
I was raised in Israel in a bohemian artistic family and I was always involved with arts & culture or with education or with both. My life and work journey was inspired by these two passions. I dabbled in graphic design, furniture design, ketubah calligraphy and paper cut, teaching, and finally found my niche combining my love for art and my love for Israel as an educator. At Jewish LearningWorks I found a home that allows me to pursue both as an integral part of our philosophy of what constitutes high quality, multi faceted, experiential Israel Education.

What excites you about your work?
I’m excited when I hear and see how educators and students are impacted by the work we do. I also get excited when, in the course of my planning for a new workshop or creating a new resource, I discover things that I didn’t know about or make connections that I didn’t make before.

Describe a time that you really felt like you/your work made a difference.
It happened last week. I was invited to dinner with three local educators and two who are visiting from Israel. It suddenly dawned on me that I had, in one way or another, an impact on them, their school and their students. The two Israelis are teachers from the Democratic School at Eynot Yarden in the upper Galilee. Twelve years ago the Israel Education Initiative, whose founding director I was, initiated a school-twinning program that matched schools from Israel and the Bay Area. This collaboration is still ongoing for this school and several other local schools. Another teacher sitting at the table was using Apartment for Rent in her classroom this week - a program we started as Classic Israeli Tales, with a Puppet Show set created by Peter Olson. And the last connection was a Head of Judaic Studies, whose Jewish Day School is one of the pilots for On the Map program, which I created two years ago. I had a wide smile on my face while eating delicious Chinese food.

All of this and much more was accomplished in partnership with my beloved former colleague and brilliant Israel educator,  Ilan Vitemberg.

Describe a time that felt really challenging for you.
Israel education is challenging by definition. I welcome this ongoing challenge as it keeps me on my toes and pushes me to find different ways to present it and teach it.

Can you share something you are particularly proud of?
I just found out that I am being honored for my contribution to Israel Education at the upcoming  Yom Ha’atzmaut Community Celebration at Congregation Emanu-El, as one of seven torch lighters. I am humbled and excited that my work is being appreciated by our community.

Tell us something that might surprise us.
My real first name, as it appear on my passport, is Avishag. It’s a biblical name. Avishag was a young woman from Shunem, distinguished for her beauty. She was chosen to help King David in his old age. One of her duties was to keep the King warm in his bed. Well, it was cold in Jerusalem in the palace with no central heating! I usually refer to my namesake as the biblical version of the electric blanket.

What are you reading (and what would you like to share about it?)
Nili Mirsky, brilliantly translated the book I am reading, Fierce and Beautiful World by Andrei Platonov, from Russian to Hebrew. Laureate of the Israel Prize for Literature, Mirsky recently passed away in Israel. I am reading the book to honor her memory.

What do you want to be remembered for?
Since I don’t take myself too seriously... for my joie-de-vivre and for my great taste in shoes.

 

 

 

 

 

Who is wise? Who is mighty?

by David Waksberg

My father’s father grew up in a small city in western Poland. Inspired by Theodor Herzl, he was frustrated by his yeshiva’s unwillingness to embrace Zionism and its inability to address his deepest concerns. Expelled for reading Spinoza (hidden under his Talmud tractate), he joined the Zionists and never looked back.

My mother’s father grew up on a remote farm near the Polish-Ukrainian frontier.  Which side of the border depended on the year. Far from Jewish population centers, his early Jewish education relied upon a “circuit rabbi,” who made the rounds, visiting his farm once or twice a week.

Later in life, he shared some of the wisdom he’d gleaned from that circuit rabbi, so many decades earlier. It was my grandfather who introduced me to teachings of Ben Zoma from Pirke Avot: “Who is wise? One who learns from everyone. Who is mighty? One who subdues one’s urges. Who is rich? One who rejoices in one’s portion.  Who is honored? One who honors one’s fellows.”

More than a century after he visited my grandfather’s farm, that circuit rabbi’s teaching endures - passed down, from his student to his student’s grandchildren.

How and why did the circuit rabbi make such an impact on my grandfather?

That rabbi forged what social scientists call a “trusting relationship.” He lovingly shared nuggets of Torah along with pieces of his soul. He inspired my grandfather to be a person whose life was informed and guided by Jewish wisdom.

Researchers have found that “trusting relationships” (between teacher and student and among teachers and other educational stakeholders) are a core factor in effective learning. As Parker Palmer has written: “...you can throw the best methods, the latest equipment, and a lot of money at people who do not trust each other and still get miserable results... [while] people who trust each other and work well together can do exceptional work…”

We live in an age of massive scalability. Our @Home holiday guides are published online and thousands of families with young children download them, here in Northern California and all over the world. Our reach is tremendous, and the benefits and blessings of technology are to be used and appreciated. And yet, if we forget the importance and value of building trusting relationships, our reach will be vast but shallow.

Thus, we pursue a “high tech/high touch” strategy. The Internet helps us connect, helps overcome distance, traffic, and much of the “friction” of post-industrial life.  But woe to us if we become distracted or dazzled by the lure of its scalability and neglect the critical importance of relationships. Otherwise, our frantic efforts to increase numbers could be reduced to a “turnstile” approach to education, privileging volume over substance. But when we reflect upon our most memorable and enduring learning experiences - they tend to involve relationships and deep engagement.

Our Kesher concierges could interact with more parents of young children – once.  But we (and the parents we serve) see more value in deeper, truly meaningful connections.

Similarly, in our work with educators, we are digging deeper, with coaching, mentorships, fellowships, and other relationship-based professional learning programs.  

These interactions provide concrete knowledge, skills, and tools for educators to up their game. AND – we believe that professional development is most effective when it travels on the tracks of deep and trusting relationships.

This approach takes time, energy, focus and resources. Research, history and our experience has shown that it is the ONLY approach to education that is worthwhile, because it’s the only approach that works.

Learning is relational – this is among the educational principles that guide us, emerging from last year’s strategic plan. In the months to come, I will share with you some concrete examples of how we put this and other principles into practice.

Around the time that circuit rabbi visited my grandfather, the Jewish Educational Society (now Jewish LearningWorks) was founded. With your support, we continue to build on that tradition, advancing Jewish learning that enriches lives.

Thank you for taking the time to dig deeper into our work. I would love to hear from you if you have thoughts or questions about our educational approach. As always, if you are interested in connecting (or connecting more deeply) with our family learning efforts, our professional learning programs or our Jewish Community Library - please be in touch.

Strategic Direction | Details, Background and Frequently Asked Questions

Jewish LearningWorks | Strategic Direction
Details, Background and Frequently Asked Questions

Recognizing that Jewish life and community are profoundly changing, Jewish LearningWorks underwent an inclusive strategic planning process in 2017– to reassess our purpose, strategies, as well as our operating and revenue model in light of those changes. We met with a cross section of stakeholders across our community, engaged in deep discussions with our staff and convened a task force to speak on behalf of groups they represent.

Strategic Direction

What communal educational needs did this process identify?

Educational leaders seek enhanced support for teachers and help in teaching Jewish values during confusing and challenging times. Parents are asking for continued and expanded parent/family learning opportunities. Book-lovers want continuing library programs and services.

What were articulated as Jewish LearningWorks’ strengths?

Educators from community schools and synagogues told us they highly value the professional development that Jewish LearningWorks has provided. They  also appreciate our ability to respond rapidly and effectively to help educators deal with crises.

Parents and family educators value our Holiday@Home handbooks and the Kesher concierge program. Library patrons appreciate literature-based educational and family outreach programs along with the library’s circulation and reference services.

Overall, our stakeholders urged us to continue investing in the next generation by empowering educators and parents and supporting Northern California’s only Jewish Community Library.  

How will the work change?

While we will continue to support educators and families, the way we support them has changed  in a few important ways.

Our Professional Learning Team offers a robust menu of fellowships, seminars, workshops, mentorships, curricula, and educational resources to empower teachers and educational leaders to more effectively serve their students.  In response to our learnings from the first annual Bay Area Teacher/Educator Survey, we are reaching educators through high-touch concierge style outreach methods, creating specialized tracks and learning plans to fit needs and availability. In everything we do, our aim is to empower educators with knowledge, skills, and tools to help their students flourish as human beings and as Jews.

Our Family Learning Team continues to build out our suite of printable @Home Guides for parents and operates our Kesher Concierge programs in the South Peninsula and in Marin County. In addition to making connections among families and offering a monthly e-roundup of everything Jewish for families, Kesher will be convening holiday and Shabbat programs to empower parents to learn by doing. Our Family Education work will focus on empowering parents to create and sustain Jewish life and learning that enriches their families.

Our Jewish Community Library continues to serve Jewish book-lovers and Jewish-Book lovers through the largest Jewish lending library in Northern California and our two curated satellite pushcarts.  Thousands of books, CD’s, movies and periodicals are plucked from the shelves by learners of all ages and we produce hundreds of well-attended public programs each year.  We continue to receive rave reviews for our events which include lectures, book groups, film classes, family story time and much more.

We advance Jewish learning that enables students to deepen their impact on their families, their communities, and the world. We measure our work by the degree to which we succeed in helping teachers and parents create learning experiences that enrich the lives of students and their families.  

 

Other Big Changes

How will you keep this work accessible?
With gratitude to our community of foundations, philanthropies and donors, we are able to keep our programs affordable for educators working in an increasingly expensive community. Most of our programs are highly subsidised and some of our programs are offered completely free of charge.

We have also moved our main headquarters from the Richmond District, to 44 Page Street - a smaller location more accessible to public transportation.

We have leased the buildings we own to Stratford School – a highly regarded private Preschool-12 institute.Stratford has committed to investing several million dollars into our property which will increase its value well into the future, enabling Jewish LearningWorks to further sustain and grow valuable educational services for our community.

Is Jewish LearningWorks financially independent and no longer in need of  donor support?

We continue to rely on donor support, for which we remain extremely grateful.  The revenue from the lease will replace the operating support we had received from the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, but the majority of our funding continues to come from individual donors who care about Jewish education, from foundations who support specific educational programs, and from earned income – fees that schools and educators pay for our services. And, we continue to receive grants from the Jewish Community Federation for specific programs. The lease will help us cover basic administrative costs, enabling philanthropic donations to more directly support educational initiatives.

How can I learn more?

Contact us at changes@jewishlearningworks.org with questions about our strategic plan, our new programs to serve the community, our real estate deal or our anticipated move.

 

‘Diaspora’ collages create layers of meaning at library exhibit

'Diaspora' collages create layers of meaning at library exhibit - J.

Artist Rachel Leibman has been creating her collages - colorful, vivid works with a delicate juxtaposition of text, image and line - for 18 years. But this year she's breaking new ground at the Jewish Community Library with her show "Diaspora." Though her collages and mixed media art have been shown in Jewish spaces before, ...

Meet JLW: Jenni Mangel, MA | Managing Director, Professional Learning

Our staff team is comprised of incredible leaders, thinkers and doers.  People whose work brings us ever closer to achieving our mission to advance Jewish learning that enriches lives, and that enables the learner to flourish as a human being and as a Jew.

In this installment of Meet JLW we feature Jenni Mangel, MA | Managing Director, Professional Learning.  We're thrilled to have her back on our team after a 10 year consulting break. 

Q: Where do you live and what do you like about your neighborhood?

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A: I live in El Cerrito, just north of Berkeley. I love that we can walk or bike just about everywhere. When we moved here we knew two people in the neighborhood. Over the last ten years we've made so many connections in the neighborhood I can rarely walk the dog without running into someone I know!! 

Q: Tell us a little bit about your journey - what did you do before you joined our team?

A: I came up in the field of Jewish education by way of Habonim Dror, synagogue schools and Israel experience. My family is a mashup of religious practice and affiliation and I have lived pieces of my life across the spectrum of Jewish practice. As a young student I developed very keen ideas about what makes for good teaching and learning environments and before I left high school I decided I wanted to "teach teachers," though I didn't know what that would look like.  

I earned a BA in History with a Minor in Education from UC Santa Cruz - my work there centered around immigrant rights in France and multicultural education. I later earned my MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland where I focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students. Over the years, I developed a love for program design and evaluation. My professional jaunts include a variety of roles across the community including at Berkeley Hillel, Jewish Vocational Service, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and the Albany Y. 

All these experiences contribute to the work I do to align learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development. I feel honored to teach teachers - and also the administrators and lay leaders to support them!

 This was my first (and only) trip to Las Vegas - to celebrate my 40th birthday with many of the gals I grew up with in Habonim Dror. The friendships we created over the years at camp and while living in Israel together run deep. Now many of us are sending our own kids to Habonim Dror camps and love to see this new generation of relationships flourish in that environment.

This was my first (and only) trip to Las Vegas - to celebrate my 40th birthday with many of the gals I grew up with in Habonim Dror. The friendships we created over the years at camp and while living in Israel together run deep. Now many of us are sending our own kids to Habonim Dror camps and love to see this new generation of relationships flourish in that environment.

Q: What excites you about your work?

A: Over the years I've had many mentors and angels who gave me support, advice and encouragement at just the right time. I can't necessarily go back and do the same for those folks, but I am able to "pay it forward" and help other people develop their work as educators.

Q: Describe a time that you really felt like your work made a difference.

When I worked at Berkeley Hillel I had an office with a big window that faced the hallway. When students would leave for break, I always invited them to send me post cards from their travels. I put each one up around the window and they became points of conversation and connection. I still have all those postcards (in a binder now), but, more importantly, I still have relationships with many of those students, some of whom are now colleagues of mine in the field of Jewish education. Every once in a while one of them will tell me a story about something I said or did that helped them along their own Jewish journey or their professional path. It's gratifying, and humbling to know that I helped influence people. 

Q: Describe a time that felt really challenging for you.

A: In grad school we were given an "ethical dilemma" writing assignment. I chose to write about the tension between program design that is client-need based and program design that is funder-driven. In nearly every job I've had this tension has played out and it is always a challenge. There are so many dynamic and creative ways we can respond to so many varied needs in the jewish community and it is often so very difficult to find adequate financial support. More than once I've had to sunset stellar programs because they did not have an angel funder and did not have a viable fiscal model.

Q: Describe a time when you felt triumphant.

A: I always feel really good when I finish writing a lesson plan. I like the process of thinking through what I want to teach and how I can structure it.  It's fun to see what happens when I go into the classroom, respond to the live environment, and deviate from the plan!

Q: Tell us something that might surprise us.

A: Hmmmm... I went to bowling camp one summer as a kid... 

 I got snuggly with a baby goat at the Harley Farms Goat Dairy in Half Moon Bay as part of a friend's 50th birthday celebration last year!

I got snuggly with a baby goat at the Harley Farms Goat Dairy in Half Moon Bay as part of a friend's 50th birthday celebration last year!

Q: What are you reading?

I just re-read Madeline L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time" with my kids in anticipation of the movie's release in March 2018. This was one of my all time favorite books when I was young and I've read it many times as an adult. I love that it has multiple female characters and that the young people are the ones that solve the problem that the adults created (also, I love sci-fi). When I was young I found that message to be inspiring all on its own. Now, as a parent, I find it to be an important reminder to me about how I, and the adults with whom I work and live, need to make sure we make space for, listen to, and respect the young people in our lives. 


Q: What do you want to be remembered for?

Honesty, integrity and kindness. 

Connect with Jenni for support in educational leadership or program design, congregational coaching or custom professional learning opportunities.
jmangel@jewishlearningworks.org

off the shelf | New biographies tell the stories of Jews who aren’t as famous as they should be

New biographies of Jews who should be better-known

Although we tend to read biographies of people we care about, I just finished reading two books about figures who meant little to me - and I'm glad I did. It was not long ago that I first learned of Julius Rosenwald, the former head of Sears, Roebuck and the subject of "Julius Rosenwald: Repairing the World ," historian Hasia R.