Venture of the Month: Mishkan Shalom

Posted: October 14th, 2016

Our Venture of the month features a congregation that has gone through a systemic change process while working with Jewish Learning Venture. This month, we are featuring Mishkan Shalom in Philadelphia, who incorporated PJ Goes to School into their curriculum for the year. Gabby Kaplan-Mayer and Mindy Dorfman, Gan-Alef-Bet Teachers at Mishkan Shalom, shared their…

Parents As Partners In Disability Inclusion

Posted: October 5th, 2016

By Rabbi Margot Stein, WCI Consultant I’m watching my 14 year old son with autism get on the van that takes him to a special school, a place where they have known him for 8 years. A place where they have watched him grow from a behaviorally-challenged 1st grader to a budding high schooler eager…

Creating Sacred Space

Posted: September 27th, 2016

By Lori Rubin, Chief Program Officer What a fabulous day!  From start to finish, our first Mifgash (gathering) this past Sunday ran incredibly smoothly.  The buses arrived on time, the 5th graders were happily engaged, the teachers were prepared, and the structure and timing of the program as designed was a success.  Staff members and…

Venture of the Month: Narberth Havurah

Posted: September 12th, 2016

Our Venture of the month features a congregation that has gone through a systemic change process while working with Jewish Learning Venture. This month, we are featuring the curriculum development work that one congregation, The Narberth Havurah, has done. Rabbi Simcha Zevit described the work she has done with Gloria Becker, Ed.D., Director of Educational…

New Reta Emerson Fellows/TAP Teens Off To A Great Beginning!

Posted: September 6th, 2016

By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Director, Whole Community Engagement The Reta Emerson Fellowship/Teen Assistant Program (TAP) is Jewish Learning Venture’s education initiative through which a group of selected high school students are trained and mentored to assist children with special needs and those experiencing difficulty in congregational classroom settings. Beginning with a week-long intensive training, and continuing…