Voices for Good

Jewish LearningWorks is proud to launch Voices for Good, a new initiative deepening our decades long commitment to developing the high quality professional leadership needed to inspire the next generation of learners to create lives of meaning.

Our 2017 Bay Area teacher/educator survey, completed by nearly 200 individuals, revealed a professional community that is 75% female, and 62% over forty years old.  The Bay Area is fortunate to have such a large number of women professionals serving a network of nearly one hundred Jewish organizations. As so many women embrace the power of their individual and collective voices, this historical moment offers an opportunity for us to come together, to explore issues of gender and leadership in our community, and to make a meaningful and collective difference.


Our Goals

Jewish LearningWorks advances Jewish learning that enriches lives, enabling learners to flourish as human beings and as Jews.  Voices for Good embraces a theory introduced by psychologist Jean Baker Miller, who posited that growth enhancing relationships require “five good things: that each (individual) feels a greater sense of zest, feels more able to act and does act, has a more accurate picture of herself and others, feels a greater sense of worth, feels more connected to the other and feels energized to pursue other relationships.”

Voices for Good seeks to effect professional and personal growth in the knowledge, behaviors and skills that will amplify women’s voices and impact.  

Voices for Good Summer Opportunities For Women:

1. The Fellowship | Full

The Voices for Good Fellowship is nurturing a carefully selected group emerging female leaders through the building of collegial relationships, exploration of Jewish values in leadership, and training on challenges unique to women in Jewish professional life.  Fellows participate in seminars with nationally known faculty, a critical colleagues circle and learn with and from each other.

The Fellowship includes six to eight single-day seminars in the Bay Area.  Seminars will include presentation and training from nationally recognized thought leaders in the areas of women’s leadership, organizational development and Jewish thought. 

We gather quarterly for a facilitated critical colleagues circle, through which Fellows learn to use a protocol for giving and receiving feedback on real-time issues with their peers.

Fellows will have the opportunity to receive individualized coaching on the teaching of text from a master Bay Area teacher. 


2. The Salon Series | June Salons Full
Fall dates coming in August

The Voices for Good Salon series will offer an opportunity for female senior leaders to gather regularly in private homes for text learning with master teachers and facilitated conversation on topics of interest.

Building on the success of our Winter 2018 breakfast series, the Voices Salon series will provide an ongoing opportunity for senior level professionals to gather together for study, discussion of resonant topics and professional nourishment.


Please contact Dana Sheanin at 415.529.3226 or dsheanin@jewishlearningworks.org.

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