New year, new website, new @Shul activity workbooknew professional development opportunities, a new One Bay One Book selection, some new faces and so much more!

What's not new is our goal. We want to change the way Jewish learning works by:  

Last year, we partnered with 140 schools and institutions and led more than 600 educational programs. Our reach extended to more than 28,000 educators, students and families.

This year, with your partnership, we will continue this important work.

Each month, these newsletters will showcase events and workshops, they will offer trainings and resources and they will introduce you to people and ideas.  We look forward to your thoughts and feedback and hope to see you at a program or three. 

L'Shana Tova!
David Waksberg
Jewish LearningWorks 

P.S. If you believe that Jewish education is important, if our work has touched your life, if we've made an impact in your career or contributed to your child's growth as a human being, we hope that we can count on your support when we reach out in December to ask for your pledge. We're so grateful to the foundations, Federations and individuals who make our work possible.  We would not exist without you.
ShulHigh Holy Days @Shul

Kids fidget. Adults fidget. Everyone has a little trouble focusing sometimes. We've compiled these resources and activities to keep little hands engaged with High Holy Days @Shul. 

EdresourcesHigh Holy Days Resources

Our Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur resource page includes prayers, blessings, rituals and more.

Our Pinterest page is full of arts and crafts ideas.'s interactive resource guide is a great tool.

eventsUpcoming Events

Exploring the World of Judaism
Changes Within and Beyond Israel: the context of the current Iran controversy

Sunday, Sept 20
Congregation Shir Hadash, Los Gatos 

Presented by: Eran Kaplan, Ph.D 

Embodied Jewish Learning
Yoga for Renewal
Rooted in Jewish Mystical Teachings
Sunday, Sept 20 2:00-4:00
4th Street Yoga, Berkeley 

Sunday, Sept 27 2:00-4:00
Peninsula JCC, Foster City

Presented by: Julie Emden
Jewish Community Library
Lehrhaus Judaica's Introduction to the Bay Area Community Talmud Circle
Sunday, Sept 27
Jewish Community Library, San Francisco

Presented by: Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan
Exploring the World of Judaism
How to Talk to your Children, Family and Friends about Israel
Sunday, Oct 11
Congregation Shir Hadash, Los Gatos

Presented by: Jessica Kosmin 

Jewish Community Library
Art Exhibition: 
Speak Memory Project

September 16 - December 13
Artists' Reception 
Sunday, Oct 18 1:00-3:30

Jewish Community Library, San Francisco

Artists: Marina Eybelman and Yulia Levit

Jewish Community Library
Events for Kids and Families 

Hebrew Storytelling - Nov 8
Shadow Puppet Show - Nov 15
Hebrew Storytelling - Jan 10
Music Show - Jan 24

 Jewish Community Library, San Francisco

We're thrilled to announce the 4th annual One Bay One Book selection!
The Periodic Table 
Primo Levi

For details, including discussions, events, and resources, click here or contact the Jewish Community Library at or 415.567.3327.

specialProfessional Development
Jewish Professional Development Day
Focusing on Child Sexual Abuse
Registration Now Open!
Beyond Silence
For anyone working with children

Wednesday, November 18th
Peninsula Temple Sholom, Burlingame

Professional Development w/ Yeshiva U.
Bay Area Experiential Jewish Education Regional Cohort
Application Now Open!

November - January
Three 2-day sessions
Bay Area

Deb Fink
Director of Family Ed. & Engagement

Deb has recently returned to our staff (where, years ago, she directed Teen Leadership programs) and reports feeling as though she has "come home." With a Master's of Education in Counseling, advanced Jewish study, and 18 years of experience in a wide variety of formal and informal Jewish educational environments, Deb brings extensive knowledge and great passion to her role as the director of our newly-established Family Education and Engagement Initiative.  Deb is excited to engage families in a way that is relevant, experiential and meaningful while deepening their connections to community and to each other.  She lives in Berkeley with her husband and two children.

Rachel Dorsey
Director of Marketing & Development

Rachel has directed our marketing for almost three years.  This year, she is directing our fundraising efforts as well.  A seasoned Jewish professional, Rachel has consulted for numerous Jewish organizations and Bay Area entrepreneurs.  She is also a yoga teacher and the former director of Birthright Israel NEXT Bay Area.  She has taught Hebrew school, served on the board of J. The Jewish News Weekly, and hosted a Passover seder for 30 in her apartment living room. She lives in Oakland with her husband and son.

Reach out to Rachel:

Jewish LearningWorks, 601 14th Ave, San Francisco, CA, 94118, United States