Rebecca Goodman is the Director of Youth Education at Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco.
I was raised in both the Conservative and Reform movements. I grew up pretty involved in my congregation and taught religious school in college (while studying engineering) - I loved the “ah hah!” moments with the kids more than I loved math and science problems, so I attended Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion for graduate school and became a double major in nonprofit management and Jewish education.
I see Jewish education as a lifelong endeavor. I believe that a person needs to have fun in order to integrate their learning into their identity.
I have the utmost respect and confidence in Jewish LearningWorks. I know that when I make time to participate, I will absolutely walk away with something useful to me - personally and professionally. I’ve learned with and from JLW educators since I was a teen!
This past year I participated in the Jewish Family Engagement Network with Jenni Mangel. I look forward to bringing the learning back to my congregation, and I know it will benefit the work that we do and help us continue to improve our program offerings. It will be challenging at first, change always takes time, but it’s worth it!
I also attended the Voices For Good salon series - it offered much needed deep learning with a room of amazing professionals. I work with a small staff and we don't always have time for the depth of conversation that the Salon offers. I also loved the diversity of the group and meeting new people, equally dedicated to Jewish learning.