Coaching and Customized Training


Jewish LearningWorks is pleased to offer 1:1 coaching support for individual Jewish professionals and customized trainings for staff teams during the 2019-20 program year.

As you will read below, our coaching and training support is intensive and customized.  Please know that we are also available to provide single or multi-session training on topics of interest to you, and to your staff, on an as needed basis.  For questions or to learn more, please contact Jenni Mangel.

What is coaching?

Leadership coaching is an individualized process that builds a leader’s capability to achieve short- and long-term organizational goals. Coaching is personalized, customized, usually conducted one-on-one for a defined period of time and with a specific business purpose in mind.

How will coaching support my work?

Coaching offers an opportunity to think with a skilled colleague about a professional challenge you are facing.  This might be an interpersonal/supervisorial challenge, one related to program design and evaluation, strategic planning oriented, or simply a thorny organizational problem that is keeping you awake at night.  Through a series of carefully facilitated conversations, you will have the opportunity to articulate the problem, broaden your thinking about factors contributing to it, brainstorm appropriate interventions, test them, and return to unpack what occurred.

Who provides coaching and customized training?

At Jewish LearningWorks, coaching support is provided by Dana Sheanin, Chief Learning Officer, and Jenni Mangel, Managing Director, Professional Learning.  In most cases, customized trainings will be offered by Jenni Mangel. You can learn more about both of us here.

Dana’s areas of professional expertise include strategic planning, leadership development, nurturing organizational culture, staff supervision, and grant writing.

Jenni’s areas of professional expertise include educational leadership, program design and evaluation, project based and service learning, and transition management.

What does coaching or customized training cost?

While our work is subsidized by Jewish LearningWorks donors, we do need to assess fees to fully cover the cost of customized support. We offer a sliding scale and reduced rate packages for organizations and individuals purchasing multiple sessions, and will always work with you to make support affordable.  You can view our rate schedule here.

It is common for employers to cover the cost of coaching as part of an employee’s professional development.

How do I sign up?

During the 2019-20 year, we will be able to support up to eight customized projects.  To explore options for a customized training for your staff, please contact Jenni directly by email. If you think that coaching may benefit you, we ask that you complete questionnaire below, and one of us will follow up with you directly to further explore your needs.


Jenni Mangel

Jenni's work reflects a commitment to connecting learning, community involvement, and leadership with personal and spiritual development. She has worked with youth, teens, and adults in professional, academic, and extracurricular settings since 1993.  She holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, and a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Jenni is an active leader and volunteer at Congregation Netivot Shalom in Berkeley and at Harding Elementary School in El Cerrito. When there are moments in the day to spare, Jenni loves to be outside in her garden with her husband, two children and dog; to make greeting cards; and to connect with family and friends.


Dana Sheanin

Dana focuses on educator support, professional development, and strategic initiatives. She has spent more than twenty years working in the areas of informal Jewish education, professional development, strategic planning, and organizational capacity building.  Dana is fortunate to have served two Federations – UJA Federation of New York and the Jewish Federation of the East Bay – as well as the Union for Reform Judaism and several family service agencies over the course of her career.

Dana is the co-author of a chapter on social emotional learning in Reform Jewish education included in Growing Jewish Minds, Growing Jewish Souls.  Her writing on mentorship, recruitment and retention of Jewish professionals and on integrating Jewish values in clinical social work has been published in the Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Dana holds graduate degrees from the Hebrew Union College School of Jewish Communal Service (now School of Non-Profit Management) and the University of Southern California School of Social Work.  

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