The Half Shekel Campaign
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If Jewish LearningWorks impacted you during the past year.
If you learned something that inspired you.
If you connected or reconnected with a colleague.
If one of our programs reminded you why you chose this work…
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Our Current Impact | By The Numbers
Soon I’ll be in my backyard, building my rickety old sukkah, laying palm fronds on its roof, trying not to kill myself with a falling beam, cursing out my clumsiness and the thorns or splinters that come my way. My sukkah-building has been the butt of family jokes for decades. But no one complains as they dine among the decorations on a beautiful autumn evening. I love Sukkot’s earthiness, the glow of Hanukkah’s candles piercing winter’s darkness, and singing until our voices give out at our Passover Seder. Each festival brings unbridled joy, celebrated in the warm company of family, friends, and community.
As my daughter struggled with her male peer’s aggressive and inappropriate behavior, the Jewish community publicly wrestled with the implications of women speaking up about ongoing gender-based abuse of power in organizational life.
Last Friday, 20 youth professionals met at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay for our Youth Mental Health First Aid training. This training filled up within hours of registration opening - proving that there is, indeed a demand for this critically important work.
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!