Posts Tagged ‘elana rivel’

They Showed Up: Now What? A Webinar

Posted: December 11th, 2014

By Elana Rivel, Associate Director / Family engagement programs are nothing new in the Jewish community. Many synagogues offer a range of programs specifically targeting their families with young children; sometimes they are held in the synagogue, sometimes in public spaces where families who may not be comfortable in synagogues can still connect to the Jewish community.

One Book, One Jewish Community Launches its Eighth Year!

Posted: November 14th, 2014

By Elana Rivel, Associate Director / This Sunday marks the official Kick-Off of our eighth year of One Book, One Jewish Community (OBOJC) – a community-wide Jewish literacy initiative designed to connect institutions and their members to quality, meaningful Jewish literature through conversations and programs based on themes and concepts presented in the featured selection.

LeV: Getting to the Heart of Education

Posted: October 29th, 2014

By Elana Rivel, Associate Director / On Wednesday, October 22, our second Cohort of LeV congregations met for their first network meeting. LeV: Getting to the Heart of Education is our change initiative for congregations looking to rethink congregational education.

Text as a Lens

Posted: January 28th, 2014

By Elana Rivel, Associate Director / Two are Better than One, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 / This quote was written on the front of my bat mitzvah invitation. It was not anything I would be reciting during my ceremony, but it emphasized an important part of who I am – a twin. My brother and I celebrated this milestone together and our parents found a way to further connect who we were to our rich, Jewish tradition. The significance was not lost on me and, in fact, it helped strengthen the lens of how I continue to connect to the world. Continue reading…

Elana’s Venture

Posted: September 10th, 2013

By Elana Rivel, Associate Director / The story of my Jewish venture begins when I was about 8 years old and I accompanied my mother to her religious school class. As a day school kid, I was able to help the 4th and 5th graders she taught with their Hebrew and prayer studies. I loved being helpful and, more importantly, loved teaching Hebrew and prayer. I knew then that my life path would take me somewhere in Jewish education. Throughout high school and college, I progressed along this path. Continue reading…