RSVP TODAY for our first Teen Educator Network Torah Learning Session!

Preparing Text Study for Teens

Thursday, October 4,  11 am – 12:30 pm

With Rabbi Joshua Fenton, Associate Director of Community Engagement, Bureau of Jewish Education

Enduring understandings or “big ideas” are found throughout the Jewish textual tradition, informing biblical narratives as well as obscure Talmudic legal discussions.  In this workshop we’ll explore the ways in which text study can be used to teach enduring understanding.  We will learn strategies for identifying and selecting Jewish texts, practice reading and unpacking texts to identify and teach enduring understandings, and create text studies of our own using the skills and strategies we gain in the time we spend together.   You will walk away with new skills, new strategies, and greater confidence in bringing text alive with your teens!

 Rabbi Fenton has, since a young age, had a strong relationship to Jewish text and learning.  He was ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and received a Masters in Rabbinic Literature from the Zeigler School of Rabbinic Studies, and a Masters in Education from the Fingerhut School of Education, both a part of the American Jewish University. He holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Rabbi Fenton has held positions as Director of Teen and Leadership programs at Camp Alonim in Simi Valley, School Rabbi and Judaic instructor at Kadima Academy, and as a private Family Education Specialist.  From 2007-2011 Rabbi Fenton worked as the founding Director of the APJCC’s Center for Jewish Life and Learning. He currently serves as Associate Director for the Bureau of Jewish Education of San Francisco.  In addition, Rabbi Fenton is a Kevah instructor, a Limmud Bay Area instructor, an aging skateboarder, an over-the-hill basketball player, and an amateur horticulturalist living in Berkeley with his wife and three children.


Location:  Bureau of Jewish Education, 601 14th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118  (corner of Balboa and 14th Avenue, enter stairs closest to Balboa)

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2012

Time:  11 am – 12:30 pm

RSVP by Monday, October 1 to Julie Emden,, or 415-751 6983, x125.

Mark Your Calendar! Teen Educator Network Meetings and New Learning Session Dates!

Teen Network Meetings:  Tuesdays at BJE:  9 am- 12:30 pm

This community meets five (+) times yearly and keeps educators connected to each other to share best practices and current trends in teen education in the SF Bay Area and at large.  Teen educators from formal and informal settings teach and present in this excellent program that has been offered for years at the BJE free-of-charge.

Teen Network Meetings:  Tuesdays at BJE:  9 am- 12:30 pm

Sept 11, 2012

Nov 6, 2012

Jan 15, 2013

March  2013 Joint session with Educators Council at CJM (date and program TBD)

May 7, 2013

June 4, 2013 Visioning meeting for 2013-14

New! Teen Educator Network Torah Learning Sessions:   Thursdays, 11am -12:30 pm, location TBD

Oct 4, 2012:  Preparing Text Study for Teens with Rabbi Joshua Fenton, Associate Director of Community Engagement, Bureau of Jewish Education

Feb 7, 2013:  Torah Yoga w/Julie Emden, Director of Jewish Wellness Initiative, Bureau of Jewish Education

April 11, 2013: Talmud with Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, Senior Educator Lehrhaus Judaica

CONTACT Julie Emden,, 415-751-6983, x125 for more info.

Tell Your Teens: Sukkot Photo Project This Summer & Early Fall

Citizen Film and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival are looking for educators, teens and young adults to investigate their surroundings by creating images that reinterpret the guidelines for building a Sukkah.  For example, teens will take photos of buildings in their neighborhood and caption those photographs with one or more rules for building a Sukkah, such as “The eye should be drawn to the roof and the sky beyond.”

Participants will look for manifestations of rules like this in their immediate environments, then create images and captions to be shared on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.  Citizen Film will also custom-design new media assignments to fit with your pre-existing curriculum, activities and events!

The best results will be presented by the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival during Sukkot 2012.

If you are interested in collaborating on this project or finding out more please contact: Emma

DATE CHANGE: Friday June 1: Annual Teen Educator Network Visioning Meeting

DATE CHANGE: Friday June 1:  Annual Teen Educator Network Visioning Meeting

10 am-12 pm at the BJE.

All are invited to reflect on this year’s offerings and plan for our themes, format and offerings for next year.

Questions?   Contact Julie Emden at, 415-751-6983, ext. 125

Drinks and snacks provided.

RSVP to:

Transforming Education Through Technology

Join us! The Bureau of Jewish Education is partnering with the Jewish High Tech Community of Silicon Valley and featuring the voice of Jewish educator Evan Wolkenstein to explore the impact technology is having in the classroom.

DATE: Tuesday May 8th TIME: 6:30pm – 8:30pm

LOCATION: Fenwick & West, 801 California Street, Mountain View Together

BJE and JHTC assembled a panel to explore how to pair an investment in technology pedagogies, best practices and creative employment of these new technological advances, in order to really harness the potential they promise. It is imperative that investment in technology not be about the technology itself, but about enabling students to learn more dynamically and teachers to teach more creatively. How are personalization, social networks, learning analytics and other trends transforming education and learning? BJE’s Debby Jacoby will open the show, along with JHTC’s Tanya Okmyansky. Participating on the panel is Evan Wolkenstein, the Director of Experiential Education at Jewish Community High School of the Bay. The moderator is Martin Griss, Director of Carnegie Mellon of Silicon Valley. Also participating on the panel are Isaac Segal, President and CEO of Tegrity, a division of McGraw-Hill Higher Education and David Strauss, a Vice President at Kno, Inc. Click here to register, see the program and bios of the panelists. Click here to read more about Evan and his “paperless” class. JHTC and their President Tanya Okmyansky were prominently featured in the J Weekly this past week. Hope you can join us!

Apply by May 1st for the Kevah Teaching Fellowship!

If you are a current or aspiring Jewish educator in your twenties or thirties, we invite you to apply to the Kevah Teaching Fellowship to learn how to facilitate small group Jewish learning for your peers.
Kevah, a Bay Area-based organization that engages Jewish identity and builds Jewish community through study of classical Jewish texts, is proud to announce the inaugural year of the Kevah Teaching Fellowship. Made possible by a generous grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, this prestigious opportunity will provide participants with a fully-funded professional development opportunity in facilitating Jewish small group learning for young adults. Preference will be given to applicants in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and the Denver/Boulder area, but outstanding candidates from around the country are encouraged to apply.
It includes:

  • Three in-person workshops over the course of the year
  • Ongoing meetings with a supervising mentor
  • Opportunities for part-time paid work teaching Torah to young adults
  • Personalized guidance in curriculum development on topics that interest you
  • Participation in ongoing Jewish learning with other Kevah Fellows
  • Access to carefully selected curricular resources
  • Stipend for travel and lodging for non-Bay Area participants
  • Future teaching opportunities through Kevah’s rapidly expanding network of Torah study groups
Young adults from across the religious spectrum are invited to apply to this pluralistic program.
If you are interested in applying, please click here.
For more information contact Noa Silver:, 510-280-5656.

Please forward to friends, family members and other potential candidates!

Application materials are due May 1, 2012.

J-SERVE is coming up on April 22, 2012: Spread the Word

J-Serve is the annual national day of teen community service.  Here in SF our goal is to engage over 200 teens in a morning of service followed by an afternoon of fun and interactive programs at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. This is a community-wide event planned by a committee of teen leaders from BBYO, Diller Teen Fellows, CJM, and USY. Registration opens Thursday, March 15th. Tell your teens to come out and make a difference!

Click here for more information.

To register CLICK HERE!

You can also find more J Serve on Facebook and Twitter.

Resources from Tuesday’s Network Meeting

Here are the handouts from Tuesday’s Network meeting:

Youth Empowerment Text study

Youth Empowerment Definition

Adultism Definition

Principles for Allies of Young People

Step Into the Circle

Parents: Registration for Remaining Three Classes Still Available!

Parenting Your Teen . . . The Conversation Continues

With Rabbi Howard Ruben and Rick Concoff, MA

March 20, April 30, May 14

Tuesday, March 20 – Rick Concoff, MA
Media, Social Networking and Cyberspace:  Your Role in your Teens Virtual Life

We will discuss ways to mentor, support, guide and keep your teens safe in their ongoing virtual life.  Whether things are already in balance or out of control, learn new ways to help them to carry the values from their “real” life into those spaces as well.

Registration for the 3 remaining classes still open!

Questions? Please call Julie Emden at 415-751-6983, x125.

Jewish Community High School of the Bay

1835 Ellis Street, San Francisco

7:30 – 9:00 pm


Click here to register and to see detailed information on the classes.

Presented by the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Jewish Teen Alliance and Jewish Community High School of the Bay.

Two Great Learning Opportunities from Two Parenting Your Teen Educators!

Tell Your Parents: Research-Based Parent Education Courses are being offered by Challenge Success

How much help is too much when it comes to homework?

How do I decide which extracurricular activities are best for my kid?

Is it okay for my 13-year-old to be on Facebook every day?

If you’re not sure how to answer these questions, you’re not alone. At Challenge Success, we hear regularly from parents who are trying to be the best parents they can be, but who aren’t always sure what to do.  Learn more here:


Facilitated by Elana C. Reinin, MPH, CPCC

Parenting is not easy, and can create a lot of stress in a time when we crave joy and connection with our children. We don’t have many opportunities to share and vent all the feelings we hold about the trials, tribulations, and yes, joy of child rearing.  Join other parents of teens for support and sharing of mutual wisdom. You will walk away with new tools in your parenting toolbox, and a sense of connection with fellow parents.


What: A parenting group is now forming in Oakland.

Who: Parents of teens who are interested in:

• Sharing support and wisdom with other parents

• Learning how others handle parenting challenges

• Listening to others, and being heard

• New tools for your parenting toolbox

# Of Sessions: Six (6) sessions, each for 2 hours, meeting approx. twice a month

When: Wednesdays, March to May 2012: 3/21, 3/28, 4/18, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23

Time: 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Where: The location in Oakland will be shared once you register

Fee: $150/person for the 6-session series.

Reserve a spot now!

Please contact Sue Proctor:


Elana C. Reinin, MPH, CPCC, is a Co-Active Parenting Coach and Consultant, Positive Discipline parent educator, and is the past Co-President of the JCHS Parent Organization. Elana’s approach focuses on relationship, and is two-fold: to act as a sounding board so that you are seen and heard, and to help you develop the tools that nurture the parent-child connection. She is the mother of three wonderful children: a 22-year-old son and two teenage daughters.