Category Archives: Teen Education

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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.

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

Resources from 10/4 Network Meeting

Tuesday Oct 4, 2011

“Setting Ourselves Up for Success: Healthy Relationships, Healthy Boundaries

With Zephira Derblich-Milea, Youth Program Coordinator, Shalom Bayit

Healthy vs Unhealthy Boundaries

Jewish Quotes, Texts, and Concepts on Equal, Respectful Relationships

Tips for Setting Healthy Boundaries

Bottom lines activity

These materials are generously provided by Zephira Derblich-Milea, Youth Program Coordinator @ Shalom Bayit.  Click here to learn more about Shalom Bayit and click here to learn more about their Love Shouldn’t Hurt program for teens.

If you wish to use these materials in a professional setting, please contact Zephira.  Thank you!

Job Announcement: BJE’s Shalhevet is looking for a Program Director

Shalhevet (“flame” in Hebrew) is a once-in-a-lifetime experiential learning opportunity for Bay Area 11th and 12th graders, leading participants through an intimate examination of their Jewish identities and strengthening their understandings and connections to Israel, the Jewish People and their peers and mentors from the Bay Area Jewish community.  The program runs from January to May and includes a 2 week trip to Poland and Israel.  Inspired by the international March of the Living program, Shalhevet is a way for local Jewish teens to participate in a program tailored specifically to the educational and cultural environment of the Bay Area.

For more information about this opportunity, click here.

Don’t Forget: Oshman Family JCC’s Teen Expo coming up next Sunday, August 28th!

We are delighted to invite you to the first Teen Expo at the Oshman Family JCC. Make informed decisions about teen programming, safety and supervision and have a blast at Oshman Family JCC’s Teen Expo.

You’ll meet directors of teen organizations from all over the Bay Area and learn about youth movements, community service, mitzvah projects (for Bar & Bat Mitzvah prep), sports and Maccabi Games® sign-ups, religious schools, video and photography classes, Israel advocacy programs and much more.

Plus, there will be opportunities to win prizes, teen performances, sports and more. So come join the fun and bring your friends if you’d like to sign up for a program together.

Click here for more information. 

Teens in grades 8-12, join us the night before the Expo for our Teen Takeover Night!

For: Teens in grades 6-12 and their parents
Date: Sunday, August 28
Time: 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
Location: Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
Contact: Noya Adler-Abramitzky
(650) 223-8649

APPLY EARLY TO Write On For Israel 2011-2012

Enjoying summer but thinking about your plans for the fall? If the answer is yes, than think about Write On For Israel for your upcoming schedule!

Write On For Israel is an intensive and exciting one – year fellowship program open to a select group of 10th and 11th grade students that includes a highly subsidized 10-day trip to Israel in June 2012.

Click here for more information.