In the changing landscape of Jewish education, we look to the now and to the future to help you respond and innovate. Our special initiatives also strive to raise you up and celebrate your courage and accomplishments as professionals.

Voices for Good Initiative

For women in the professional Jewish world

A multi-pronged initiative designed to advance gender equity in Jewish life, and support women in positions of leadership and influence.

Special Needs & Inclusion Initiative

For Jewish educators across organizational settings

Tools, training and consulting services to ensure that all children can participate fully in Jewish life and learning, and all Jewish educators are equipped to create inclusive learning environments for children with special needs.

The Ruby Award

Celebrating the work of educators and professionals who work with adolescents in the Bay Area

Established in 2020, the Ruby Award is our award for excellence in Jewish youth education and engagement, a cornerstone of both the vibrant present and future of the Jewish community. The next Ruby Award ceremony and day of learning will take place in 2026.


For East Bay early childhood education professionals

The East Bay Jewish early childhood community is one of five pioneering communities participating in the first cohort of ElevatED, a national effort uplifting the profession of early childhood educators by increasing the number of qualified educators in communities.

Jewish LearningWorks will convene this cohort of emerging educators over 18-months for weekly learning and mentorship. Participants will also receive funds to pursue academic credentials required to become a fully licensed early childhood teacher.

This special initiative includes a micro-grant program designed to help Jewish preschools establish or extend experimental initiatives in the areas of staff recruitment, staff retention, staff mentorship or family engagement.

ElevatED is a partnership of the Union for Reform Judaism, the JCC Association of North America, and The Jewish Federations of North America.

For more information, please contact Ellen Lefkowitz at

The Orchard

For early childhood education teachers

Jewish LearningWorks is proud to be one of twenty-five organizations from around North America that bring you The Orchard—a joint initiative that advances the professional learning of educators in Jewish early childhood centers.

Over the course of the year, the Orchard will offer a variety of virtual workshops, from teaching the Jewish holidays, to child development and pedagogy, to teaching American holidays through an equity lens.