Archive for August, 2015

Another amazing group of TAP teens are ready to help children with disabilities!

Posted: August 28th, 2015

by Gabby Kaplan-Mayer, Director, Whole Community Inclusion “These are the most amazing teens!” I say the same thing every year when Jewish Learning Venture Associate Director Elana Rivel asks me how the first part of our Reta Emerson Fellowship/Teen Assistant program (TAP) training went. The truth is–each of the four years that I’ve led the…

One Size Does Not Fit All

Posted: August 25th, 2015

by Dr. Gloria Becker, Director, Learning Initiatives in Jewish Education  Every summer, I spend a lot of my time working with schools to create or change their congregational education curriculum. People often ask me questions about this work because it seems like a mysterious process – one that isn’t readily apparent. “Sounds boring…is it?” Curriculum…

jkidphilly Venturers: What a great summer it has been!

Posted: August 19th, 2015

by Lori Rubin, Director, Family Engagement Almost 120 jkids have become jkidphilly Venturers this summer – venturing into their homes and local communities to perform mitzvot! Families all over Greater Philadelphia, and even a few across the country, explored four Jewish values: Hakhnasat Orhim (Welcoming Guests,) Tzedakah(Justice/Giving,) Hiddur Mitzvah (Bringing Beauty To A Ritual,) and…

One Book, One Jewish Community’s (OBOJC) 9th Book!

Posted: August 11th, 2015

by Elana Rivel, Associate Director The OBOJC Implementation Team is pleased to announce that, after much reading and conversation, we have selected our feature book for the 2015-2016 program year: A Backpack, A Bear and Eight Crates of Vodka is a story of two intertwined journeys: a Jewish refugee family fleeing persecution and a young…

WCI B’nei Mitzvah Training Program

Posted: August 7th, 2015

by Gabby Kaplan-Mayer, Director, Whole Community Inclusion This past Monday and Tuesday (August 3rd and 4th), our Whole Community Inclusion program held its first-ever training for B’nei Mitzvah tutors on how to make modifications and accommodations for students of all abilities. The inspiration for creating this training is our realization that more and more synagogues are…