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Excess of Jewish sexual sinners? Men ponder it at ‘Feast’

Excess of Jewish sexual sinners? Men ponder it at 'Feast' - J.

Harvey Weinstein. Al Franken. Anthony Weiner. Jewish men behaving badly. Is there something in the history or liturgy of Judaism that can explain such conduct, or help Jewish men avoid such misbehavior and act more like mensches? Those were among the questions at the core of "Who Is a Man?"

Kesher South Peninsula Newsletter May 2017

Reflection on Art and Passed Down Memory, a production of our Educators Art Network.

On Thursday, March 2nd,  35 educators joined us at the CJM. Representing day schools, congregational schools and other Jewish organizations, art teachers, Jewish studies teachers and educators with other specialties came from all across the Bay area from as far as Fresno, Petaluma, Castro Valley and Palo Alto. 

We dove deep into Jewish themes, Art, and memory as we explored the CJM exhibition “From Generation to Generation” with Fraidy Aber and Janine Okmin from the CJM. Four stations representing different media set the stage for reflections through theatre, soundscapes, writing and art. 

We explored the powerful teaching tool of Zachor and passed down stories while Tamar Forman, our artist-in-residence, led us through text study and a hands on art activity with clay. Our sculptures told stories of personal interpretations and memory. The medium, technique and idea were all based on Native American art tradition.

Participants took away much from the program.  One commented that the workshop was " the most meaningful experience at CJM since it opened.”

Led by Vavi Toran, our Integration of the Arts department, hosts professional development workshops all year long.  

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A Message from our President

For me, learning is the nexus of our past and our future. Jewish learning is the gateway to a profound heritage that touches and explores every aspect of the human experience with honesty, wisdom and humor.  Only through education can we embed generations to come with the richness of our intellectual and spiritual history, making it a central, meaningful part of their lives as Jews, today and tomorrow.   

Jewish learning inspires us to examine what it means to live by values deeply rooted in Jewish tradition: critical thinking and debate, welcoming the stranger, responsibility for the vulnerable, repairing the world.  Jewish learning builds connections to the past, among Jews across generations and cultures, to Israel, and to values that can help make a better world.

Jewish LearningWorks is the only organization in the Bay Area that provides the backbone for high-quality Jewish learning – ensuring that teachers have the highest possible knowledge and pedagogical skills, that curricula are up-to-date, and that first-rate educational opportunities are available in the plethora of learning environments, styles, and readiness that our diverse community and modern life demand. 

In today’s world, Jewish learning must be both broad and deep.  I am proud of how Jewish LearningWorks accomplishes this, through a range of offerings from our extensive programs for professional educators, to Israel-related initiatives, to opportunities that provide in-home and event-based experiences for Jews with a variety of interests and learning needs. 

 I am particularly grateful for the dedication and capabilities of our extraordinary board of directors, our devoted programming and administrative staff, and our exceptional CEO. 

As the parent of three now-grown children, I have witnessed and experienced the impact that strong Jewish education has had on my family and our community. When I became involved with Jewish LearningWorks, eight years ago, I realized how deeply my family’s Jewish education was impacted by this organization. I am grateful to Jewish LearningWorks and honored to serve as its board president. 

L’shalom,

Julie Dorsey

Kesher South Peninsula Newsletter October 2016