Berger Yachad Network:
Congregational Family Engagement

We are excited to announce a new and expanded network in 2019-2020 to support synagogues committed to engaging families in Jewish experiences!

Congregations in the Greater Philadelphia Area are eligible to join the Berger Yachad Network.  Select the category (below) best suited to your congregation’s needs. If you would like a consultation to help determine the best fit for your synagogue, click here. Members of the network must register by August 30, 2019 with a team that includes a lead professional and a lead volunteer.

1: Network Member

Network Member congregations will proudly brand themselves as Berger Yachad Network members and be listed on the Jewish Learning Venture and jkidphilly websites. Only Yachad congregations are eligible to put this label on their websites, emails, and any other publicity. Additionally, Network Member congregations are welcome to attend all in-person and online learning opportunities offered through the network.

2: Implementers

Implementer congregations will use the expertise and training from the Berger Yachad Network to offer engaging programs to families raising young children. Berger Yachad congregations that complete all of the offered training and use the jkidphilly registration system may also promote their programs as jkidphilly Partner Programs.

jkidphilly Partner Programs take advantage of the jkidphilly name and brand and are included on the jkidphilly website and in jkidphilly weekly emails that go out to more than 5,000 people each week.

3: Ambassadors

Ambassador congregations take family engagement to a whole new level by hiring a Congregational Parent Ambassador – a parent from the congregation who receives support and training from Jewish Learning Venture to engage families in the community in programming and other opportunities, sponsored by your synagogue. Go to the Congregational Parent Ambassador page for more information on this exciting initiative. All interested congregations should be in touch with Lori Rubin before registering.  

Timeline

  • June 5: Registration Open
  • POSTPONED: July 11, 12-1pm: Informational Webinar 
  • July 12-August 12: Berger Yachad Network Consultations (click here to let us know your interest)
  • August 30: Registration Deadline
  • September 11, 7-9pm: Kickoff Gathering*
  • October 16, 12pm: Berger Yachad Network webinar*
  • November 12, 12pm: Berger Yachad Network webinar*
  • November – April/May
    Implementers: offer jkidphilly Partner Programs and have optional consultations with JLV staff
    Ambassadors: Congregational Parent Ambassadors meet with JLV staff twice a month, Network Team meets with JLV once a month, plus 2 programs a month and ongoing engagement in between.
  • Apr 20-May 15: Reflection Interviews*
    Have program description, final attendance information, photos and any other relevant material compiled by the interview.
  • May 20: Program Bank 2019-2020 available online

*Learning Opportunities are optional for Network Members and required for Implementers and Ambassadors.

Click here for a PDF about the benefits of the Berger Yachad Network to share with your community.

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

We are really excited about the growth in our ECE families as part of our participation in the Berger Network. They came because they saw an ad for our Torah Tots program. Some  of them  joined the synagogue and two are new board members!