Archive for the ‘Engaging Families’ Category

Happy Purim from Jewish Learning Venture!

Posted: March 5th, 2015

Today, we celebrate Purim! Click here for Purim resources, crafts, games, recipes and more. Watch the video below for a fun way to make lunch-time hamantashen with young children — no baking required! What’s your favorite flavor of hamantashen? Here are some of ours:   From the staff at Jewish Learning Venture, we wish you…

Wrapping Up A Wonderful #JDAM15

Posted: February 27th, 2015

By Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Director, Whole Community Inclusion / February is the shortest month, but for Jewish Learning Venture’s Whole Community Inclusion (WCI) initiative, it has been bursting with Jewish Disability Awareness Month (JDAM) activities to make our Jewish communities more inclusive of people of all abilities.

500 Hamantaschen

Posted: February 24th, 2015

By Danya Shapiro, jkidphilly Program Specialist / What do 500 hamantaschen look like? It looks like 163 jkidphilly friends coming together to learn and have some Pre-Purim fun.

PJ Library Goes to Song Leader Boot Camp!

Posted: February 19th, 2015

By Lori Rubin, Director, Family Engagement / How happy we are to be together! The strains of Hinei Mah Tov were heard as 180 song leaders, musicians, story tellers, Jewish educators, rabbis, and program professionals from across the country gathered together for the sixth annual Song Leader Boot Camp in St. Louis, Missouri.

Eight Lessons from a Spectacular Special Needs Bar Mitzvah

Posted: February 11th, 2015

by Rabbi Margot Stein, Board Member / My son, a high functioning child with autism, did not speak until he was four and is only now, in 7th grade, learning to read independently.  Yet he chanted from the Torah, recited the Sh’ma, helped lead the service, and delivered a D’var Torah that was unique in several important ways.