When We Meet

We believe that the extent to which we invest in our teens is deeply reflected by the extent to which we invest in our educators.  And so, as originally envisioned by its founders, JTA facilitates and coordinates the BJE’s Teen Educator Network.

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.  In addition, a weekly e-newsletter goes out to all Network members with job openings, opportunities for teens and other resources for professional development.  Jewish educators from synagogues, JCCs, private institutions, day schools and religious schools attend this excellent program that has been offered for years free-of-charge.

Save the Dates!  Network Meetings and Learning Sessions for 2012-2013

Put them on your calendar!

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

Questions?  Contact Julie Emden:  jemden@bjesf.org, 415-751-6983, ext.125

SIGN UP for the weekly Network News, our weekly e-newsletter geared specifically to teen educators.

CONTACT JTA Director Julie Emden for more information.

Network Meetings:

You don’t want to miss some fabulous professional development and networking opportunities with the Network of Jewish Teen Educators!  The location of the Network meetings will be vary during our regularly scheduled time slot of 9:00-12:30.  A vegetarian lunch, as well as a little morning nosh,  is provided.

Keep these dates handy (on your fridge, in your car, on the inside of your medicine cabinet, whatever works best for you!) – We’re looking forward to seeing you!

2012-2013 Dates TBD in June.  Keep Checking Back! 

2011-2012 Teen Educator Network Meeting dates/topics:

Tuesday, October 4,  9:00am – 1:00pm at BJE

“Setting Ourselves Up for Success”

Join the greater community of teen educators at our first kick-off meeting of the new year.  Jewish Teen Alliance Director Julie Emden, in partnership with the Teen Network Planning team, will lead us in exercises and conversations to support us in setting ourselves up for success in our work, as we meet at this time of reflection, between Rosh Ha Shana and Yom Kippur.  Reconnect with old friends, meet new friends, invite your colleagues, learn new skills to bring back to your work and your programs.

Tuesday, November 1, 6:30pm – 9:00pm at JFCS Holocaust Center

“Teaching Kristallnacht and the Holocaust: Formal and Informal Approaches” 

With: Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, Senior Educator, Lehrhaus Judaica

The Teen Educator Network will join Lehrhaus Judaica and the JFCS Holocaust Center for their free symposium this evening.  After a tour of the Holocaust center with Judy Janec, Director of Library and Archives, Tauber Holocaust Library and Education Program, and dinner and conversation with Fred Rosenbaum, Founding Director, Lerhaus Judaica, Lehrhaus Judaica’s Senior Educator Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan will offer a break-out session with our teen educator network (designed with teen network planning team members) to specifically address teaching about the Holocaust in informal educational settings.

Tuesday, January 31, 9:00am – 1:00pm at BJE

“Teen Leadership Symposium:  Tips of the Trade

Come to the Teen Leadership Symposium in January with your hosts Camp Tawonga’s Teen Program Coordinator Aaron Mandel and the Bureau of Jewish Education’s Diller Teen Fellowship Program Coordinator Aaron Levi.  We will facilitate discussions and interactive programs to share information, tools, tricks of the trade, programmatic ideas and methodologies to empower teens as vehicles for change in their communities.

Tuesday, March 20, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at BJE

“Adultism & Youth Empowerment” with Nico Correia, Miriam Priven, Katie Wilson & Talia Cooper of Jewish Youth for Community Action (JYCA)

Adultism” is the oppression of young people by older people. Adultism is part of the structure of society and its institutions, including families, schools, and the government.  It is a unique oppression in that it is the only one everyone experiences both as the oppressed and then the oppressor, and thus is important and relevant for everyone.

Tuesday May 1, 2012

Endings and Transitions: Program Evaluation and Personal Renewal

with Rick Concoff, MA, Lom Friedman, MA and Danny Farkas

While for some of our programs the onset of summer marks a beginning for the busiest time of our work cycle, for others  the onset of summer marks an ending.  Endings can come quickly and suddenly, but they are an opportunity  for learning and teaching – and worth planning for!  And you don’t want to miss this opportunity on May 1!   We’ll provide exercises, tools and resources for you  as we enter into summer- — tools that will be applicable any time of the year – for the end of programs, of seasons, or of group experiences.

If you would like to join the Network Planning Team, or have any ideas, suggestions or questions, please contact Julie at: jemden@bjesf.org or 415-751-6983, x 125.

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