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.

Berger Synagogues Cohort 8

Congregation Beth Israel of Media
Congregation Beth Or
Congregation Brothers of Israel
Congregation Kol Emet
Congregation Rodeph Shalom
Kehilat Hanahar
Keneseth Israel
Mishkan Shalom
Ohev Shalom of Bucks County
Old York Road Temple Beth Am
Or Hadash
Shir Ami
Temple Sholom in Broomall
Tifereth Israel of Lower Bucks County


Jewish Learning Venture hosts in-person and online learning sessions. 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, congregations design and implement an initiative that connects families with young children to the congregation.


Following implementation of your project, congregations complete an online evaluation.


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

2018-2019 TIMELINE:

  • 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 10 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 Lisa Litman at

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!