A workshop by Ariela Ronay-Jinich on supporting a thriving, diverse community

Join us to explore the links between language, identity, culture and family from an educational and developmental perspective. We will also reflect on the needs and experiences of Spanish-speaking, Latin Jewish families in the Jewish community, and use them as an entry point for considering diverse ethnic and linguistic groups in the broader Jewish community.

Glean insights from Olamim’s research on Bay Area Latin Jewish families, and their community engagement methodologies

  • Aimed at: All teachers, educators and administrators at Jewish educational settings.
  • Structure: A two-part, virtual workshop with a live facilitator. Participants are required to attend both sessions.
  • Presented by: Ariela Ronay-Jinich from Olamim.

Event Details

  • Dates: Tuesday, March 26 and Thursday, March 28, 2024.
  • Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am, Pacific Time
  • Location: Virtual program. Zoom link provided upon registration.

Session 1

Building a Foundation for Understanding

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 | 10:00 – 11:30 am, PT

Our learning will focus around these questions:

  1. Who are Latin Jews and what do we know about them?
  2. How does an intersectional lens help us understand communal experiences?
  3. What do we know about the links between language, and ethnic identity formation among linguistic minorities?

And our reflection practice will focus on taking inventory of your own community, and your current linguistic and cultural practice.

Session 2

Learning from Action-based Research

Thursday, March 28, 2024 | 10:00 – 11:30 am, PT

Our learning will focus around:

  1. Olamim’s study findings: parents’ perspectives and strategies for raising multilingual, multiethnic children.
  2. Olamim’s community engagement model.

Finally, we will integrate our learning as we reflect on application by way of questions and possibilities for your community context.

Workshop Requirements

  • One hour of asynchronous reading for registered participants on linguistic diversity and cultural wealth.
  • Participants must bring any ethnic, racial, and linguistic diversity data points available from their local Jewish community or institution. If you don’t have any data, explore what action steps would need to be taken to start tracking that data for your organization.


Cost: $18 for both days. Please note that the workshop will not be recorded. The sessions do not stand alone. When you register, you commit to attending both sessions.

Registration is open until the program is full.

All trainings at Jewish LearningWorks are subsidized by our generous donors. If cost is a barrier to your participation, please email liora@jewishlearning.works to arrange a cost adjustment.


For more information or any questions you may have, please contact Liora Brosbe at liora@jewishlearning.works.

About the Presenter

Ariela Ronay-Jinich, MA.Ed is an educational leader, cultural activist, and researcher in the Bay Area, California. She has been serving Bay Area youth and families since 2005, and has founded and directed a number of innovative Jewish educational initiatives that center community-building, language learning and nature connection (Urban Adamah, Wilderness Torah, Edah, Jewish Outside).  Besides working with youth, she has trained over 100 educators in nature-based Jewish learning through her signature program, “Jewish Outside, ” founded in 2015. Her recent work has centered her Mexican Jewish identity and has taken on an equity focus, including as Program Manager for Project Shamash, a racial justice initiative of Bend the Arc, and through her qualitative research on Latin Jewish families. She currently serves as Founder and Executive Director of Olamim, a family engagement program for Latin Jewish families.

Ariela holds a B.A in Education Policy and History from Brown University, and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Mills College, with a specialization in Early Childhood Education.  She received her training in Jewish environmental education at the Teva Learning Alliance and the Eco-Activist Beit Midrash in Israel.  She is a Helen Diller Family Award recipient for Excellence in Jewish Education, and is an alumnus of several leadership institutes, including Selah, Rockwood, JECELI, and Torah Trek.

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