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At Jewish LearningWorks, we have seen how learning is deepened in conversation with colleagues, both those we have relied on for many years, and those we have not yet met. To that end, this year we are pleased to offer a menu of opportunities to reflect on our work together.

We hope you will consider joining one of these NEW communities of practice.

Please know that if you are interested in participating in more than one and the cost of doing so is prohibitive, we will always make an arrangement.


A Way With Words: Reflecting On The Way Jewish Values Play Out in Our Lives: Rachel Brodie

Writes Rachel: “I recently picked up Rebecca Solnit’s newest book, Call Them by Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays) and on page four I read this: “The search for meaning is in how you live your life but also in how you describe it and what else is around you… Once we call it by name, we can start having a real conversation about our priorities and values. Being careful and precise about language is one way to oppose the disintegration of meaning, to encourage the beloved community and conversations that inculcate hope and vision.” It is my hope and vision that in studying Jewish teachings that link language and values we will feel energized instead of exhausted, less impotent and defended, more empathic and forgiving.”

This fall, join Rachel (the newest team member of Jewish Studio Project) for an 8-session series utilizing text study, hevruta learning and reflective writing.

8 first Fridays: November 1, December 6, January 3, February 7, March 6, April 3, May 1, June 5

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM at the Jewish LearningWorks office, 44 Page Street, San Francisco

$360/participant

Rachel Brodie is a Jewish educator working primarily with adult learners. She specializes in designing and facilitating professional development opportunities for other Jewish educators. Rachel is delighted to be the incoming  Senior Educator for the Jewish Studio Project.

From 2011 to 2016 Rachel served as the Chief Jewish Officer of the JCC of San Francisco.  Prior to that (2004-2011) Rachel was the co-founder and Executive Director of Jewish Milestones: a not-for-profit, educational resource for Jewish lifecycle ceremonies.

A New Yorker by birth and temperament, Rachel settled in the Bay Area in 1997 after spending a year in Israel on a Melton Senior Educator's Fellowship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She holds a master's degree in Rabbinic Literature from The Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Literature and Society from Brown University.


Using Our Voices for Good: Dana Sheanin

Building on the enthusiastic response to our salon series, this year we are launching a community of practice designed to enable women to provide ongoing peer support to each other. Our gatherings will include text study, followed by emergent leadership challenges as identified by group members. This community of practice will be facilitated by Dana Sheanin and will be limited to ten registered participants, to deepen the relationships we’ve begun to build.

4, 2.5 hour sessions: October 31, January 23, March 26, May 21

10 AM to 12:30 PM. Jewish LearningWorks office, 44 Page Street, San Francisco

$180/participant


East Bay Congregational Educators: Dana Sheanin

In response to requests, we are pleased to host a new community of practice for congregational educators in the East Bay.  Reconnect with friends, meet new colleagues as they begin their year, bring your challenges, and dive collaboratively into shared topics of interest for congregational schools

4, 2 hour sessions: August 15, October 24, February 13, May 14

10 AM to 12 PM, hosted by East Bay congregations

$180/participant

Dana Sheanin 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.  


San Francisco Congregational Educators: Jenni Mangel

We are delighted to continue hosting this community of practice in San Francisco for educational leaders at congregations in San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma and the Peninsula. Sessions will respond to live emergent topics surfaced by group participants and provide a space for collaborative problem solving, planning and reflection.

4, 2 hour sessions: September 4, December 11, February 12, May 13

9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, Jewish LearningWorks, 44 Page Street, San Francisco

$180/participant

Jenni Mangel believes passionately that Jewish education positively impacts the Jewish identity of children and their families. Her 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.  

Jenni holds a MA in Educational Leadership from Mills College in Oakland, CA where she focused on service learning as a tool for identity formation of college students.  Jenni earned a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, in History with a Minor in Education where her work centered around immigrant rights in France and multi-cultural education.  

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.


Jewish Studio Project Immersive for Youth Professionals: Jewish Studio Project

6, full day sessions:
January 28–29, 2020
March 24–25, 2020
April 27–28, 2020

December and March at the Jewish Studio Project, 940 Dwight Way, Berkeley

Participants must commit to all six days. Housing will be available for commuters

$300/participants, with gratitude for the generosity of the Bay Area Teen Education and Engagement initiative funders

The Studio Immersive for Youth Professionals  is a one-of-a-kind Jewish intensive designed to help Bay Area youth professionals step into their power as educators by accessing and activating their inherent creativity. In this three-part (six days in total) Immersive you will:

  • Discover the power of your own creativity and learn aspects of Jewish Studio Project’s creative methodology to enhance the creativity of your teen programming.

  • Reconnect to your purpose and passion as an educator through restorative and reflective practices focused on self-growth and gain tools to help your students do the same.

  • Learn an accessible, multi-modal approach to Jewish text learning that invites in intellect, intuition and imagination and allows learners to bring their full selves to the text, regardless of level or experience.

  • Play with the concept of "Identity building" and how creativity supports the process of becoming.

Each day of the Immersive will include the following elements:

  • Morning spiritual grounding: intention setting and group formation through singing, reflective writing, and creative exercises;

  • Learning: interactive text study of traditional and contemporary sources;

  • Creative Process: facilitated art making experience to process and integrate the themes, questions and insights that arise from learning.

  • Woven into the arc of the Immersive is scaffolded pedagogy and frameworks related to learning and creativity that will serve to build empathy and resilience.

All interested participants should apply to the Studio Immersive for Youth Professionals with JSP using this application by Friday, September 13. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by the end of September. This Immersive requires FULL participation in the six-day program; please include a short note of support from your supervisor stating that you will prioritize these days as professional development.

The December and March Immersive two-day sessions will take place in Berkeley at the Jewish Studio Project space; the January session will be in San Francisco. In order to encourage participants from all over the Bay Area, we will offer an overnight option on Tuesday nights in the East Bay. Please let us know in your application if you would like us to help find you local housing to lessen your commute in December and March.

All participants in the Studio Immersive for Youth Professionals with JSP will be eligible to apply for a $500-$1,000 micro-grant from the Jewish Community Federation to help apply the learning to your teen community. Details on the micro-grant will follow.

To apply for the Studio Immersive, click here