The commitment to lifelong learning is an essential part of Jewish education, not just for children and teens, but for teachers, program directors, camping and youth professionals. For 125 years, Jewish LearningWorks has served as a wellspring of top-notch professional learning for Bay Area Jewish organizations.

Professional Development Workshops

For all Jewish educators and professionals

Our year-round training opportunities empower educators in all settings to increase their knowledge, build new skills and explore new tools. They also build a sense of collegial community.

We are working on our calendar of training programs, and events for the 2024-25 program year. Please check back soon!

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Israel LearningLab for Jewish Educators

Are you struggling with Israel education? Are you looking for a space to explore the needs of your learners, and delve into your own attitudes, and approaches for teaching Israel? Jewish LearningWorks is proud to offer a new Israel learning lab for Jewish educational leaders, led by Dr. Sivan Zakai, Dr. Kathy Simon, Dr. Lesley Litman, and other national educators.
  • Aimed at: The Israel LearningLab is a collaborative learning platform designed to benefit all Jewish educators, regardless of their educational setting. However, the program is geared toward educators of grade-school aged children, and above.
  • Structure: Cohort learning. Hybrid approach. Online sessions (synchronous and asynchronous), with two day-long, in-person sessions, and one-on-one mentorship.
  • Dates: Begins on November 18, 2024, and concludes in May 2025
  • Enrollment fee: $360 per participant. Jewish LearningWorks is committed to accessibility for everyone who wants to participate. Please be in touch if the fee is a hardship for your organization.

Soul FULL: Unlocking the Neuroprotective Potential of Jewish Education

Following up from our successful Elevate 2020 event, Jewish LearningWorks is delighted to host Soul FULL: Unlocking the Neuroprotective Potential of Jewish Education. This event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Lisa Miller, as well as afternoon workshops for educators.

  • Date: Thursday, February 6, 2025.
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
  • Location: The Brower Center (2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704).
  • Aimed at: Educators, clergy, and other communal stakeholders who lead Jewish educational programs. This event has limited capacity and is invitation-only.
  • Learn more: Further details will be available in fall 2024.
  • Sponsorships: If you are interested in sponsoring or endorsing this event, please contact Dana Sheanin at dana@jewishlearning.works.

Customized Training Programs

For staff teams and board of directors at Jewish educational organizations

Our customized training support is tailored to the needs and composition of your team, and is generously subsidized to benefit your organization and your community.

Jewish LearningWorks leverages decades of experience training Jewish professionals across Jewish educational settings, and combines it with our well-built community relationships to craft the highest caliber single or multi-session training programs you need, when you need them, in-person or online.

Training we offer includes but is not limited to:

  • Curriculum design and pedagogy
  • Social, Emotional and Spiritual Learning
  • Special needs inclusion
  • Youth Mental Health First Aid
  • Project-based learning
  • Classroom management
  • Strategic program design
  • Metrics and evaluation
  • Planning for staff development
  • Dialogue Across Difference
  • On the Map, Israel education

Frequently Asked Questions

Over our decades of experience in training Jewish educators we have learned that there is not a one-size-fits-all professional development option for all professionals or all organizations. Each congregation, JCC, camp, or independent program has specific training needs to complement the existing talents of your team. During the process of developing your customized training we will work with you to carefully identify the learning outcomes you have for your team and to craft a highly engaging training that models best practices.

When possible and appropriate, Jewish LearningWorks’ professional learning team will prepare and facilitate your training. When we are not available, we will sub-contract with one of our many trusted colleagues to ensure you receive the best possible training for your team.

We have run trainings for as few as three and as many as 50 people. We will work with you to identify the right members of your team to participate in the training.

In addition to in-person programs, the team at Jewish LearningWorks has offered on-line training programs for Jewish educators since 2017. We are proud of the quality, engaged, and relational training experiences we offer both online and in person.

That said, we know that some things are, truly, better in person. For Bay Area organizations, we are generally able to be on site for in-person training. For organizations outside of the Bay Area, travel and hospitality fees would apply for in-person training.

Yes! We love partnership and can even help identify an organization that might be interested in the same type of training that you are imagining for your team.

Jewish LearningWorks’ customized training rates are subsidized by our donors to increase available resources for your team. Fees are based on our teaching, preparation, and travel time. While we need to assess fees to ensure our own organizational parnasa (fiscal viability) we will further adjust our fees for organizations with annual budgets under $1 million dollars.

Let’s connect and discuss options

Our customized training support is led by senior educators on staff, and expert facilitators hired by our leadership team.

Please contact Liora Brosbe, Senior Educator, to discuss how we can support your team’s professional development plan, learn about the cost of training, and the learning formats available.

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