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Maybe I’m Part of the Problem: Why it’s so difficult to change Jewish education

  • Jewish LearningWorks Board Room 44 Page Street @ Gough San Francisco, CA 94102 (map)

With so much positive desire to change “Hebrew school,” eventually we need to ask ourselves: What’s really stopping positive transformation from taking place in our communities? Through a full “Immunity to Change” mapping experience, participants will take a close look at their own beliefs, values, and actions that might be getting in the way of positive change and walk away with concrete experiments that will help them become the leader and change agent they want to be.

We are offering this workshop for synagogue Education Directors and Rabbis. Space is limited to 15 participants for this workshop.

A light breakfast and snacks will be provided. Please bring your lunch and join our staff for our weekly Wednesday Lunch Bunch from noon-1pm.

Presenter Bio:

Rabbi Jennifer Ossakow Goldsmith is the Managing Director of Congregational Learning and Leadership Initiatives at The Jewish Education Project in New York. Born in Cleveland, Ohio and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Jennifer received her BA from the University of Michigan and rabbinic ordination and MA in Religious Education from HUC-JIR. Jennifer’s ongoing study of leadership theory drives her commitment to helping Jewish leaders harness their resources to create meaningful change. Prior to her time at The Jewish Education Project, Jennifer worked as the Director of Life-Long Learning at Larchmont Temple helping engage families at every age and stage of their Jewish journeys. Her current work concentrates on fostering and spreading educational innovation that helps learners thrive through consulting, grant initiatives, online resources, professional networks, and leadership development. She facilitates workshops and seminars on innovation in part-time Jewish education and leadership across the country.

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