An interactive workshop for educators teaching students ages 4-8 (pre-K to 2nd grade)

In what ways can we encourage our students to find wonder and curiosity in the Torah stories we tell, while developing their spiritual awareness? All children are innately blessed with a vivid imagination and a deep sense of curiosity. Our Torah texts are richly layered sacred stories that can be a part of their personal searching and exploration.

Torah Godly Play offers a distinctive methodology for spiritual growth in children and adolescents using the stories of our tradition. Our one-day training program offers you an introduction to the method, and its underlying conceptions. You will also gain exposure to the story scripts and materials, and enough time to practice with the method so that you can start working with Torah Godly Play without delays.

Torah Godly Play is a means to invite exploration, wondering, and meaning-making through a playful encounter with the text. Join us to learn the method.

  • Aimed at: Educators who teach Pre-K through 2nd grade to students ages 4-8 at Jewish Day Schools, Preschools or Supplemental Schools (After-schools and Congregational programs).
  • Structure: Day-long workshop, in-person.
  • Facilitated by: Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire, founder of Torah Godly Play, Professor of Jewish Education at Hebrew College in Boston.

Event Details

  • Date: Sunday, March 12, 2023
  • Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
  • Location: Contra Costa Jewish Day School, 955 Risa Road, Lafayette, CA, 94549


This is a unique opportunity to learn directly with Rabbi Shire for an in-person workshop. Limited to 20 people. Educators must teach students ages 4–8 in Jewish Day Schools, Preschools, or Supplemental Schools (After schools and Congregational programs).

Cost: $275 per person. Includes lunch and materials fee. Optional $15 fee to receive a printed and bound selection of Torah Godly Play scripts. All participants will receive digital copies of the scripts.

Registration is open until March 1, 2023. Due to the limited number of spots, we expect the event to be filled up quickly.

All trainings at Jewish LearningWorks are subsidized by our generous donors and are offered free of charge to people furloughed or laid off from Jewish organizations. To register with a fee adjustment, email

Funding for this program is generously provided by Women of Isaiah’s Maagal Tzedakah grant.

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About the Presenter

Rabbi Dr. Michael Shire, founder of Torah Godly Play, is a Professor of Jewish Education at Hebrew College in Boston. He originates from the UK and has worked in congregations, day schools and summer camps over many years. His published research is in the field of religious growth and curriculum development.