Yom Limmud 10.22.17- The Fidget Spinners Generation: Experiential Learning for Today’s Kids

9 AM to 3 PM
Gratz College, 7605 Old York Road, Melrose Park 

Featuring Gratz College’s Deena Grossmann Memorial Scholar 


Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff is a storyteller, poet, educator, facilitator, and coach. When storyteller Jennifer Rudick Zunikoff performs Jewish stories, biblical figures speak, rabbinic Midrash leaps off the pages of the Talmud, and Judaism’s rich folklore dances to life. She uses storytelling as an educational tool to inspire children and adults to explore Judaism and their spirituality.  The Deena Grossmann Memorial Scholar has been made possible through the partnership of Gratz College.


Overview of the Day-
Registration 9:00 a.m.
Welcome and Limmud 9:30 a.m.
Morning Workshop I: 10:10 a.m.
Morning Workshop II: 11:20 a.m.
Lunch & Afternoon Registration 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon Workshops: 1:00 p.m.
L’hitarot: 3:00 p.m.
For overview, workshop descriptions and presenter bios click here.
For group registration, click here.
For individual registration, click here.
Submit completed registrations to Nicki Pollock by October 11.

$20/half-day session ~ $35/whole-day conference (fee includes breakfast for morning participants;
lunch for afternoon participants.)
*$35/half-day session ~ $50/whole-day conference for participants from outside the Greater Philadelphia area.

For more information, contact: Lori Rubin, Chief Program Officer 215.320.0402.


Each Morning Workshop is one hour in length and will be offered twice: at 10:10am and 11:20am. Morning Workshop participants should select two from the following.

A: Jewish Values and Holidays and Books: Oh My! (Ellen Walters)

In this session we will use stories from both secular and Jewish sources to create experiential learning in the classroom for teachers of younger children (pre-K to grade 3). Activities using PJ Library books, Torah stories and secular books with Jewish values will be demonstrated. You will leave with specific ideas that can be immediately used in your classroom.

B: Engaging Students Through Dramatic Arts (Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer)

Dramatic Arts are more than just skits. They are powerful, multi-sensory tools that can help your students learn and retain what they learn. In this session, you will learn different dramatic arts techniques that you can incorporate into lessons for students of all ages.

C: A Recipe for Social Action (Carly Zimmerman)

Join Challah for Hunger’s CEO, Carly Zimmerman explore how you can take everyday “ingredients” and mix them together to create an engaging, meaningful social action experience. Using Challah for Hunger’s program as an example, you’ll have a chance to learn their recipe for success and develop your own.

D: Where is Your Place in Our Story? (Jennifer Zunikoff, Gratz College’s Deena Grossmann Memorial Scholar)

This workshop will provide an introduction for teachers on utilizing storytelling as a tool to help students learn about and see themselves in the larger Jewish narrative.

E: How Can Our classrooms Be Like the Magic School Bus? Cultivating curiosity and intrigue to engage students and more! (Rabbi Alanna Sklover)

Education works when learning becomes real.  Thought this is an important truth in all sectors, it is crucial in Jewish education, in which our goal is to build a generation of Jews with the curiosity, the connection and the tools to engage in tradition and celebration throughout their lives. In this session, we will experience and discuss ways to help our students take their learning off the page and come alive.

F: Marking Time: Creating Classroom Rituals for Transition and Presence (Rabbi Roni Handler)

In this session we will explore how rituals can be tapped and created to frame your lessons, units, and each day that you spend with your students. Whether saying blessings or developing your own routines, we will learn how rituals can help increase attention and presence, while creating safe and sacred space.

G: Classrooms for Today: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century (Virginia Glatzer)

In this session, you will be students in a classroom for today – addressing content in a variety of ways as you read, write, speak, and listen to promote deeper meaning. Then, you’ll reflect on the experience and apply it to teaching and learning in your classroom. (Bring your smart phone, if you have one.)

H.  Teaching an Israel Experience (Ben Rotenberg)

Come and experience Israel in a new and different way. Then we will discuss the  methods we use to teach, and talk about the ways we engage our students.


The Afternoon Workshops are two hours in length and will be once at 1:00pm. Afternoon Workshop participants should select one from the following.

1: Autism, ADHD and Anxiety:  What Teachers Need to Know (Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer)
Our synagogues are becoming more welcoming and accommodating towards children and teens with special needs. In this workshop, we will share an overview of Autism, ADHD and Anxiety and provide teachers with resources and tools to support these students in their classrooms.

2: Camp to Classroom (Lori Rubin)

We will explore elements of an immersive camp experience and how to incorporate them into your classroom.

3: Education Director Series: Creating Better Conversations (Virginia Glatzer)
As an Education Director, the conversations you have around outcomes depend upon the hat you’re wearing. Are you talking with a parent, teacher, clergy or lay leader? Is it a conversation about growth or a need for change? This workshop will kick off a four-part series, addressing skills and techniques to create better conversations.

4: The Jewish Storytelling Classroom (Jennifer Zunikoff, Gratz College’s Deena Grossmann Memorial Scholar)

Spend an afternoon with storyteller extraordinaire, Jennifer Zunikoff, to delve into storytelling as a teacher and learn how to guide students to tell their stories.