All Over The Bay In A Single Day

It was a busy weekend for Jewish LearningWorks.  We were in the North and South Peninsula, Silicon Valley, East Bay and Marin doing what we do best:
Connecting families to Jewish life
Creating inclusive community
Deepening connections to Israel
Building Jewish literacy
Strengthening our institutions

In Marin, fifteen parents, from three new groups attended a training for the parent-led program, Shalom Explorers where we (Jewish LearningWorks) provides the curriculum and support, but the parents act as teachers for the groups.

Shalom Explorers Training Session

Shalom Explorers Training Session

Participants from about 10 institutions joined us for the first of our Navigating Difference, Embracing Inclusion: Opening Your Synagogue Door Even Wider seminars, which launched at Temple Sinai. Designed for all synagogue leaders, including congregational rabbis, educators, teachers, board members, staff and lay people, this series supports those who desire to make their organization/community more inclusive.

The final celebration in honor of Jewish Disabilities Month included Family Access Day at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and we ran Exploring the World of Judaism classes at Peninsula Temple SholomTemple Sinai, and Congregation Shir Hadash.

Earlier in the week, the Jewish Community Library hosted a musical presentation of Lilith the Night Demon.

At our Peninsula Learning Center, Pamela Mayer, author of the Jewish children’s book – Don’t Sneeze at the Wedding, led a Story Time & Crafts program for young families, co-sponsored by PJ Library and promoted by our Kesher concierge program.

Pamela Mayer's reading of her book

Pamela Mayer's reading of her book

 Families working together on arts & crafts projects

 Families working together on arts & crafts projects

Meanwhile, In Berkeley, Ilan Vitemberg, Director, Israel Education Initiative, led a congregational re-envisioning of their school’s Israel education at Congregation Beth El.

There was a lot going on this weekend, and even more coming up next month.
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