Harold and Renee Berger Synagogue Network for Young Families


The Harold and Renee Berger Synagogue Network for Young Families was established in 2008 by Harold Berger to encourage and support congregations interested in developing and implementing significant, systemic approaches to attract and engage Jewish families with young children to their congregation and to Jewish life.

What will you get as a member of the Berger Synagogue Network?

As a member of the Berger Synagogue Network, Jewish Learning Venture staff will assist your congregation in developing a team of lay leaders and professionals to design, implement, and evaluate your project. You will participate in a series of webinars and workshops facilitated by our staff in which you will learn about the realities of the 21st Century Jewish Family and best strategies for engaging them in Jewish life. We will also be available to consult with you and your team throughout the year to strengthen your congregation’s family engagement initiatives.

Synagogues that complete the Berger Synagogue Network training sessions will be eligible to be brand their family engagement initiatives as jkidphilly partner programs and be included in jkidphilly’s email marketing to more than 5,000 individuals.

What will you to do as a Berger Network Congregations?

Learn: Jewish Learning Venture will host an in-person workshop as well as a webinar series (see more information below). Congregation teams that participate in 2 out of 3 learning sessions may also take advantage of one-on-one consultation with Jewish Learning Venture staff.

Design and Implement: 
Using Jewish Learning Venture’s resources described above, your congregation will design and implement an initiative that connects families with young children to your congregation. Your proposal must either seed a new strategy or significantly expand on an existing one.  You will submit a proposal detailing your strategy no later than October 5, 2018 and launch the project by December 2018.

Evaluate: Following implementation of your project, your congregation will complete an online evaluation form by March 15, 2019.

New this year: Congregational Parent Ambassador Program

Parent Ambassadors are parents of young children who engage their peers in programs designed to strengthen relationships between families and to engage them in Jewish life. Click here to find out how to expand your membership in the Berger Network to include a Congregational Parent Ambassador.


    • Application and Membership Census due Friday, June 29, 2018
    • Webinar 1:  “Welcoming and Greeting:  A jkidphilly partnership training”  
    • Wednesday, July 11 from 12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Workshop:  “What can we learn from our successes and our challenges?”
    • Wednesday, October 3 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Webinar 2:  “Following up:  What happens after an event”
    • Wednesday, October 24 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    • Submit Implementation Plan — No later than October 5, 2018.
    • Schedule consultation with Jewish Learning Venture by October 26 (Should occur between November 2018 – February 2019.)

    Interested congregations should contact Lori Rubin at 215-320-0402 or lrubin@jewishlearningventure.org