Jewish LearningWorks

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. 


Julie Dorsey

Beyond Silence: Special Invitation

We are proud to partner on such an important day of learning and professional development.  If you work with kids or teens in any capacity, we urge you to gather your colleagues and sign up today.

Jewish Professional Development Day Focusing on Child Sexual Abuse

Wednesday, November 18th 8:30am – 4:00pm
at Peninsula Temple Sholom, 1655 Sebastian Drive, Burlingame

Child sexual abuse occurs in every community. One in four women and one in six men report having been sexually abused before age 18. As Jewish professionals, we encounter children and adults who are impacted by child sexual abuse every day. Guided by our Jewish values, this day will be dedicated to move beyond silence to create a culture of care and action in our community.


Beyond Silence will help you:

  • Increase your knowledge of child sexual abuse
  • Understand legal, ethical and Jewish value-based responsibilities with regard to child sexual abuse
  • Know what to do when/if abuse is disclosed or suspected in your Jewish communal setting
  • Gain concrete tools for how to talk to survivors, understand what helps survivors disclose and provide Jewish spiritual care
  • Implement policies, practices and protocols for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse within the Jewish institutional context
  • Be motivated to bring this knowledge back to your organization and to integrate information and training/education within your staff

Additional Information or (415) 629-9841

Click Here to Register


Beyond Silence would like to thank the Lisa & John Pritzker Family Fund, the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties for their generous support.

BASIS partnership

Today Jewish LearningWorks and the Jim Joseph Foundation are pleased to share the press release announcing the launch of a new website documenting BASIS – our initiative working with Jewish day schools to develop excellence in Israel education. 

View the release here

Jewish LearningWorks FAQs

Why is the Bureau of Jewish Education changing its name?

We’ve changed our name, but not our mission and values. Our new name better reflects the work we have been doing for some time, and our ongoing commitment to an innovative, collaborative and thoughtful approach to changing the way Jewish learning works. Read more about the impetus for the change in our CEO David Waksberg’s recent Ignite newsletter.