A Message from Our CEO


Thank you for your continued commitment to Jewish learning.  Your support has enabled us to engage more families and youth, strengthen more schools and more teachers, and develop programs and products that challenge, inspire and evolve the way Jewish learning works.

In this first of four quarterly reports, we offer a brief review of what we’ve accomplished and, with your support, what we hope to achieve in the coming year to improve and extend Jewish learning in our community.

Last year, we helped educators enhance their students’ learning experiences by leading 89 professional development workshops, seminars and fellowship sessions and another 144 consultations, serving more than 1,300 educators at 140 schools and organizations.

We reached nearly 4,000 teens and teen educators in our teen leadership development programs; and we engaged another 3,500 families with young children through gatherings, learning programs, resources, concierge consultations, and our printable Jewish@Home guides.

Once again, over 10,000 people benefited from Northern California’s only Jewish Community Library, participating in learning programs for adults, children, and families.

With the support of Jewish Community Federations on all sides of the Bay, our special education team is leading efforts to make Jewish learning inclusive and welcoming for all learners.  Last year, 15 schools and organizations participated in INCLUDE, which reached hundreds of educators, families, and students.

Thanks to your support, we’ve become the community’s central address for Israel education.  Working with schools, synagogues and teen programs, we help students engage with Israel.  In the midst of last summer’s Gaza War, we provided schools and educators with curricula and resources.  By year’s end, we collaborated with 200 educators at schools throughout Northern California to improve Israel education.

We’ve also continued to lead the Embodied Jewish Learning movement, expanding beyond classes and workshops to lead the first Yoga and Jewish Wisdom teacher training program.

All this and so much more is possible because of YOU! 

We will continue to send monthly email updates with invitations, highlights, resources and much more.  Please reach out to Magna@jewishlearningworks.org or call 751.6983 x117 to be added to our mailing list.  We promise not to share your information with anyone.

Because you care enough to give, we continue to offer hundreds of free or low cost events, workshops, and services each year throughout the Bay Area and have an ever-growing resource center on this updated website.  I invite you to poke around, and if you have an idea to make it better, please let us know! 

Your support makes this work possible.

Thank you!



David Waksberg
Chief Executive Officer