Archive for January, 2014

Text as a Lens

Posted: January 28th, 2014

By Elana Rivel, Associate Director / Two are Better than One, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 / This quote was written on the front of my bat mitzvah invitation. It was not anything I would be reciting during my ceremony, but it emphasized an important part of who I am – a twin. My brother and I celebrated this milestone together and our parents found a way to further connect who we were to our rich, Jewish tradition. The significance was not lost on me and, in fact, it helped strengthen the lens of how I continue to connect to the world. Continue reading…

One Book, One Jewish Community

Posted: January 21st, 2014

By Debbie Leon, Director, Family Engagement / The number seven holds particular significance in Jewish tradition. It is associated with wholeness and completion. Shabbat, our day of rest, is the 7th day of the week. Each Shabbat, 7 people (individually or in groups) are called to participate in the Torah reading (these are called aliyot). Continue reading…

The Gift of Books

Posted: January 14th, 2014

By Amy Schwartz, Director, PJ Library & jkidphilly / In the children’s book, Thank you, Trees, by Gail Langer Karwoski and Marilyn E. Gootman, it reads, “On Tu BiShvat we thank each tree, for all it gives to you and me.”  I think of this sentiment and how it is also a metaphor for books themselves and the gifts of learning, wondering, and imagining they can provide.  Continue reading…

The People of the Book

Posted: January 8th, 2014

By Rabbi Phil Warmflash, Executive Director/  On January 26th, Jewish Learning Venture will formally launch year seven of One Book, One Jewish Community (OBOJC) with an Author Event and Book Signing featuring Michael Lavigne, author of this year’s featured selection, “The Wanting.”  Arriving at this year seven milestone is quite an accomplishment and a tribute to the dedication and tenacity of a group of volunteers, many members of which have been working on OBOJC since its inception. Continue reading…

Giving Back

Posted: January 3rd, 2014

By Jonathan M. Broder, President / 

I first learned about Jewish Learning Venture before it was Jewish Learning Venture. JOP (a predecessor of the agency) staff facilitated workshops for my congregation, Tiferes B’Nai Israel in Warrington, around issues of leadership and institutional engagement and brought the Reshet initiative to the BuxMont Kehillah, while ACAJE (also a predecessor agency) staff worked with us to strengthen congregational education. Continue reading…