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Venture Israel Fellowship: Embracing The Complexity of Today’s Israel

By Gabrielle Ariella Kaplan-Mayer Chief Program Officer, Jewish Learning Venture   On Wednesday, February 1st, our inaugural cohort of Venture Israel Fellows arrived in Tel Aviv to begin a week of learning about and experiencing contemporary Israel through the eyes of artists, scholars, activists, and poets. The Venture Israel Fellowship, a new partnership funded by Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and facilitated with Jewish Learning Venture, aims to nurture a diverse network of Jewish professionals eager to create robust and engaging programming that brings evolving Jewish identity into dialogue with the dynamic complexity of today’s Israel. Along with JLV’s Chief [...]

By |February 22nd, 2023|Categories: Empowering Institutions|0 Comments

Striving for Inclusion

by Rabbi Eric Yanoff To kick off Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month this year, at Adath Israel, we hosted a Lunch n’ Learn on Shabbat, at which someone asked a challenging question: “Where have we fallen short? Where are we deficient?” It was an important question – but I chose to answer in the opposite, more hopeful, direction: Where should we be striving? I’ve been thinking about this idea, of STRIVING. The act of striving – seeking something more – that, itself, the IDEAL we need to seek. Sometimes, we assume there is some “final, concrete” ideal out there [...]

By |March 5th, 2020|Categories: Empowering Institutions|0 Comments

Create a Sensory Box For Your Classroom/Program/Sanctuary

by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer, Director, Whole Community Inclusion This past summer, we piloted a new tool to make our jkidphilly summer music series more inclusive--a sensory box. We know that for some children with noise sensitivity, attending any music concert--even an outdoor, acoustic one--could feel too loud and uncomfortable. We also know that some kids can pay attention and regulate emotions and activity better while holding tactile materials. So voila--we ordered some noise-cancelling headphones and various quiet fidgets and took our sensory box to each of our summer concerts. The box was introduced at the beginning of each program and children [...]

By |August 13th, 2019|Categories: Empowering Institutions|0 Comments