As you settle into 2014, we are delighted to give you a sneak preview of brand new programs and refreshed favorites coming out of our many initiatives, powered by Jewish LearningWorks.


We also want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, participation and engagement this past year.  Whether you read our emails, made use of our resources, attended an event, participated in professional development or contributed financially, we are grateful for your engagement and support.


Lastly, we invite you to join the conversation.  Informed by our work and the feedback of our many partners and stakeholders - we focus our efforts in five key areas:

  • Strengthening our schools;
  • Connecting families and youth to Jewish life and learning;
  • Creating more inclusive Jewish learning;
  • Deepening connections with Israel;
  • Building Jewish literacy.


If You'd like to get involved in one of these areas of our work or if there is an important Jewish educational need that you think is missing, please

email me at
    With sincere thanks,                        
David Waksberg     

CEO, Jewish LearningWorks  

A new approach to Jewish learning


Shalom Explorers gets your kids out and about while making new friends and learning Jewish values and traditions. If your family is looking for a new way to "do Jewish", we encourage you to check it out.  


Marin Shalom Explorers welcomes all Jewish and interfaith families in Marin County regardless of background or membership in any organization.   

Sign up now to be part of this FREE pilot session!  


Meet the Shalom Explorers team 

at a special Info session

January 30th 7PM - 8PM

200 N San Pedro Rd. San Rafael
no need to RSVP


Like Shalom Explorers on Facebook


For more info contact Aliya Fastman 510 292 9562 



Shalom Explorers is provided by Jewish LearningWorks, the Osher Marin JCC, Congregation Kol Shofar and Congregation Rodef Sholom and funded in part by the Covenant Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Save The Date:
The Feast of Jewish Learning 
Sunday, May 18th, 1-6pm
at the Oshman Family JCC 
3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto   


This year the Feast of Jewish Learning will be held on Lag B'Omer.  Sessions run from 1-6pm, with music, dancing and shmoozing until 7:30
Our NEW Sunday afternoon format brings more of what you love about the Feast: the innovative, vibrant and wide-ranging adult learning that has made the Feast special for over 15 years, while making this special day accessible to families with family learning activities, music, art, movies, performances and more.
Feast Coordinator, Jen Wakefield can be reached at or 650-494-6983 x183 
INCLUDE has partnered with organizations all over the Bay Area to present events and opportunities all month long. 
Connect on our Bay Area Inclusion Events page!
Peninsula Learning Center - Opening Soon!
 Attention Educators:
Visit our 16,000 piece lending library for resources, curriculum and lesson planning help, professional development opportunities, and support for Jewish learning in the South Peninsula. 

Located at the OFJCC (across from the security booth), the PLC is available as a venue for meetings and programs.  
Schedule a visit or book the space by contacting Jen Wakefield at 
Exploring the World of Judaism

Explore Jewish topics including spirituality, food, arts, culture, history and more, led by experts. 
Expand your Jewish knowledge while you 
connect with other adults.

New Schedules for Winter/Spring 2014


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Questions? -


Exploring the World of Judaism is a partnership between Jewish LearningWorks and the Synagogues above.  It is supported in part by the Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust.

Rhythms of the Jewish Calendar:
Movement & Dance Workshop for Women

February 9 - March 30 - May 4 - June 1
Sundays, 2:00 - 4:00 pm PJCC Yoga Studio

Explore Jewish mystical teachings about body and spirit through movement, music, drawing, and journaling. No experience with dance or Judaism necessary.

The Embodied Jewish Learning Initiative is a program of Jewish LearningWorks, with support from the Joan and Robert Sinton Philanthropic Fund, the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment, Barbara and Christopher Wilson, The Opaline Fund, and Paul and Sheri Robbins.

To Be a Jew in the Free World

Jewish Identity through the Lens of Modern History  

6-Week Series 

Wednesdays Feb 5 - March 12 

Presented by Rabbi Yosef Levin,

executive director of Chabad of Greater South Bay.



What was it like for our ancestors to say goodbye to the shtetl, to set out to discover new lives for themselves in the free world?


How did our parents adapt their Judaism in the modern age? And what can we learn about our own Jewish identities?


Make sense of your personal Jewishness in this new course and gain the clarity and conviction to pass on a legacy of Jewish pride to the next generation.

Register Here


Presented through a partnership among Chabad of Greater South Bay, the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center and Jewish LearningWorks



A play based on true events


Sat, February 8 at 5 pm & Sun, February 9 at 6 pm 

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts

500 Castro Street, Mountain View


This play, commissioned by TheatreGames is about high school students' trip to Israel. During the tour of the country, students spend a night with a group of Bedouins. 


When the students leave, stolen items leave with them. Hoping to avoid any official scandal, the teachers give the students a day to confess and return anything they took to their hosts. As the play goes on, students struggle with their own values and those of their classmates as greater questions of morals arise.


*Mature language.


 $27 adults; $12 students(21 & under)

Call 650-903-6000 or Order ON-LINE


Co -sponsored by Jewish LearningWorks and Russian Jewish Community of Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.

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January  2014 /Tevet-Shevat 5774


 Wellness Expo 

Sunday January 26

1:15PM - 3:00PM

Peninsula JCC

Embodied Jewish Learning
Sample Workshop  

Enjoy a taste of our weekly yoga series, Yoga and Wholeness With a Jewish Twist  and/or
our new monthly dance workshop series,
Rhythms of the Jewish Calendar: Movement and Dance Workshop for Women!


Hava Nagila (The Movie)

Thursday January 30

7:00PM - 8:30PM

A documentary romp through the history, mystery, and meaning of the great Jewish standard.  Discussion facilitated by Library Director Howard Freedman

Genealogy Clinic

Sunday February 02

12:00PM - 2:00PM

Jewish Community Library

Take advantage of the Library's extensive reference collection and Internet connection to countless searchable databases - all with one-on-one guidance from experienced genealogists


Jewish Disability Awareness Month
with Urban Adamah

Sunday February 2 
10:00AM - 12:00PM
As a part of Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month, enjoy a hands-on day on the farm for the whole family - guided by the talented Urban Adamah staff. 

Yoga and Wholeness: With a Jewish Twist

 8-session series

Peninsula JCC

Each session is an experiential exploration of text-based teachings rooted in a gentle Iyengar-style yoga class.


Playful Art with Piven

Thursday February 06 

6:30PM - 9:00PM

Jewish LearningWorks

Jewish LearningWorks invites local Jewish educators to participate in a hands-on workshop with artist Hanoch Piven.


To coincide with the Library's exhibition,  A Shared Eye: Photographs by father and daughter Ernest and Lucienne Bloch featuring Ernest Bloch's photography, orchestra students from the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in San Francisco (SOTA) will perform selected works by Bloch. SOTA's orchestra director Matthew Cmiel will introduce the pieces and discuss Bloch's influence on the shape and history of San Francisco's musical life.



Rockin' Shabbat

Friday February 07
6:15PM - 8:00PM
This is an evening for people of all ages and learning styles, and is full of ruach (spirit)! Join in the singing and dancing and play along using our collection of percussion instruments. An excellent Shabbat meal is served. 


  The Alef Bet of Israel -

Sunday February 09 
1:00PM - 4:30PM

Examine our personal connections to and questions about Israel, explore a rich array of Israel resources available locally, consider how we can support each other in engaging in conversation, and identify resources needed to bring Israel alive for ourselves and for our students.


Sunday February 09
2:00PM - 3:00PM
 Session features this year's One Bay One Book selection. You've read the book, now join the discussion! 


Movement & Dance Workshop
 for Women
Sunday February 09
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Explore Jewish mystical teachings through movement, music, free-style dance, art and journaling to deepen your spiritual practice in community.
Tuesday February 11
12:00PM - 1:00PM

Her name was Gluckl of Hameln. She was a Jewish businesswoman born in 1646 in Hamburg, under the Holy Roman Emperor.  After her husband's death, she began a diary, recording an intimate picture of medieval German Jewish communal life in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Remarkably, there are significant parallels between the world that Gluckl lived in and our own. Join us as we explore her world, and the mystery of her name.


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Is a loved one starting kindergarden, celebrating a birthday, anniversary, 

B'nai Mitzvah, graduation or other milestone? 


Honor them with a donation to Jewish LearningWorks 

in their name. 

Your donation of $36
provides a book and discussion guide for our Jewish Community Library's Book Club in a Box program.


Your donation of $50 teaches an educator how to ignite a passion for Israel in two preschoolers.


Your donation of $100 provides one hour of training for a Shalom Explorer parent leader. Our "scouting" program helps families seeking a weekend alternative to traditional Sunday school.


Your donation of $180 provides scholarship assistance for one child to attend special needs family camp.
Your donation of $500 
brings an innovative Jewish talk to parents while their children are in religious school.



Jewish learning is fundamental to Jewish life and community. Honor your friends and family simchas with a donation to Jewish LearningWorks and help us reach students of all ages and learning styles and the educators who teach them. 



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