Jewish Family Engagement Network

a community of practice for educators and engagement professionals
who work with Jewish families.

This year, we’ll explore Liminal Moments.
Childhood is full of transition - from preschool to Kindergarten, from 5th grade to bnai mitzvah, and from bnai mitzvah to high school.  How do we help our kids mark these moments? Starting with our opening gathering in SF; at regional meetings in Berkeley, Foster City, and Palo Alto throughout the year; and during our two lunch and learns in SF, we’ll explore these Liminal Moments.

JFEN participants will:

  • Experience adaptable program formats
  • Consider the impact of transitions in the lives of families and identify ways to offer support

  • Connect with colleagues to learn, collaborate and grow

  • Attend one, a few or all - no obligation

We hope that the JFEN will inspire connections and relationships, reducing the feeling of isolation or the feeling of re-creating the wheel in a vacuum.

Registration begins at $18.00.

“The connections I made as a result of the [JFEN] meeting are an extraordinary resource for my work. I found a forum to explore new ideas, hear from colleagues about opportunities to engage families in Jewish life, and I’ve already used these networks to build on existing programs.”
— JFEN Participant, Spring 2017


Details in each event above - register for any and all JFEN opportunities at the bottom of this page or through any event above.

Each meeting will model a family program showcasing different programmatic styles. We will debrief our experience and consider ways that the modeled program could be adapted to different ages and stages of family life and programmatic content.

East Bay

Jewish Federation of the East Bay
2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94720
Wed, Oct 17
Wed, Jan 16
Wed, March 6

South Peninsula

Oshman Family JCC
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303
Tues, Oct 16
Wed, Jan 9
Tues, March 5

North Peninsula

Peninsula JCC
800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City, CA 94404
Thurs, Oct 18
Thurs, Jan 10
Thurs, March 7

The Jewish Family Engagement Network is facilitated by Jenni Mangel, MA, a veteran Jewish educator who specializes in professional development. Contact Jenni at or 415.529.3225.


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