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This month, we invited our Chief Learning Office, Dana Sheanin to share her thoughts:

Dear friends,

As Purim nears and I conclude my first few months as Chief Learning Officer at Jewish LearningWorks, I am thinking a great deal about the role our organization is privileged to play in supporting Jewish educators through turbulent times in our country.

The story of Purim has universal themes we are all familiar with - among them the persecution of minorities, and the honoring of individuals who stand up for their values and traditions. Early in the megillah, when Mordechai tells Esther of Haman's plot against the Jews, asking her to intercede with the king, she declines afraid of approaching Ahashverosh uninvited. In reply Mordechai wonders "Who knows if you have not come to your position for just such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14) His question forces Esther to confront her power, and her opportunity, and ultimately changes her
community's fortune.

This year many Jewish educators - in preschools, congregational schools, day schools, and teen programs - are actively wrestling with how to use their positions to do what is just - and to talk with students and families about the importance of righteous action.

Recently Jewish LearningWorks had the opportunity to gather a small group of educational leaders to explore this struggle and to learn how we can support their work.
We heard them wondering:

* How do I support the creation of a holy community for my students and their families?

* How might I enable those I teach to engage in acts of kindness for others inside and outside the Jewish world?

* How do I answer my students' questions about what to do when they disagree with someone close to them about what is right?

* How might I respond appropriately when divisive topics are raised in my classroom?

* How can I support students in using a lens of Jewish values to understand what is happening in our country?

In the coming weeks and months, our staff will be working to curate resources for school directors, classroom teachers, and other educators thinking about how to make Jewish values more alive for our learners - not just in the classroom, but in their everyday lives.
We have started by publishing a Moral Education resource page online. To receive resources by email as they are curated, please email

As we recall the story of Purim, may we all continue to act for what is just.

Chag Purim Sameach!
Happy Purim!

Dana Sheanin
Chief Learning Officer

Upcoming Holidays
We've compiled resources for the classroom and resources to use at home.
Click here for Purim Resources | 
Click here for Passover Resources

Got Haggadot?

The Jewish Community Library makes it easier to host a seder by lending sets of Passover  haggadot,  resources and more matched to your unique needs.

Supplies are free, but limited.

Click here to review the selection.
Embodying Passover  a webinar
with Julie Emden |  March 15th, 12pm

Join mind-body-spirit teachers and practitioners for an online embodied practice exploring Passover, enhance your practice or bring the teachings to your community!
Click here for details and registration
Professional Development Opportunity

Educators Art Network
Art & Passed Down Memory
Tomorrow, March 2nd 10-2pm at the CJM 

Grow as an educator through an interdisciplinary exploration of exhibition highlights and personal reflection. Design creative connections applicable to your school environment and engage in hands-on art led by a local artist. 

Lunch will be provided.
All educators are welcome.

Click here for details.
Registration closes at 4pm today.

Apply for a Grant Now! 
Newton and Rochelle Becker
Charitable Trust 
These 2-1 matching grants of up to $1,000 support the creation of meaningful and relevant learning experiences for adults, with an emphasis on reaching younger adults with children still at home. 

Apply here by March 24th.   

We strongly encourage applicants to contact coordinator Sherry at
before submitting application.

INCLUDE Special Needs 

Guest scholar Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe 
March 13th - 19th

The first female Deaf rabbi ever ordained, Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe is a passionate voice in the conversation on inclusion in the Jewish community. She will be speaking across the Bay Area during our INCLUDE Bay Area Week of Learning.  Join us at the Community Day of Learning at Peninsula Temple Shalom in Burlingame, with this years' keynote speakers Neil and Denise Jacobson. 

Details  here!

Embodied Jewish Learning
Sacred Dance Circles for Women in Foster City

Today, March 1st
7:15 - 8:45pm
PJCC, Foster City

Presented by Julie Emden, offered in partnership with the Peninsula Jewish Community Center's Jewish Wellness Initiative

Jewish Learning Institute 
The Dilemma: Modern Conundrums. 
T almudic Debates. Your Solutions.

Today, March 1st
7:30 - 9:00pm
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto

Presented by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute

Professional Development
Art and Passed Down Memory - 
Educators Art Network

Thursday,  March 2nd
10:00am - 2:00pm
Contemporary Jewish Museum, SF
Presented by Vavi Toran

Jewish Community Library
Film Class: 'Everything is Illuminated'

Thursday, March 2nd
7:00 - 9:00pm 
Jewish Community Library, SF

Presented by Howard Freedman

Jewish Community Library
Hebrew Storytelling for Preschoolers: 
Purim Edition

Sunday, March 5th
11:00am - 12:00pm
Jewish Community Library, SF

Presented by Koren Zuckerman

Jewish Community Library
Genealogy Clinic

Sunday, March 5th
12:00 - 2:00pm
Jewish Community Library, SF

Presented by the San Francisco Bay Area Jewish Genealogical Society

Jewish Community Library
Drop-In Book Club: 'Moonglow'

Sunday, March 5th
2:00 - 3:30pm
Jewish Community Library, SF

Presented by Jim Van Buskirk

Jewish Learning Institute 
The Dilemma: Modern Conundrums. Talmudic Debates. Your Solutions.

Wednesday, March 8th
7:30 - 9:00pm
Oshman Family JCC, Palo Alto

Presented by the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute

INCLUDE Special Needs
Week of Learning

Monday, March 13th -
Sunday, March 19th
Various Locations

Presented by Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe

Jewish Community Library
Poems of the Holocaust of the Crete Jews

Monday, March 13th
7:00 - 8:30pm
Jewish Community Library, SF

Presented by Iossif Ventura

Embodied Jewish Learning
Embodying Passover a Webinar 

Wednesday, March 15th
12:00 - 1:00pm

Presented by Julie Emden

In The Community
A Jewish Community Forum

Sunday, March 19th
9:00am - 5:00pm
Jewish Community High School of the
Bay, SF

Presented by the Bay Area Jewish  Community

Jewish Community Library
When is a Story True?

Thursday, March 23rd
7:00 - 8:30pm
Jewish Community Library, SF

Presented by Joel ben Izzy and Andrew Ramer

Embodied Jewish Learning
Sacred Dance Circles for Women in 

Sunday, March 26th
7:30 - 9:30pm

Presented by Julie Emden

Jewish Community Library
A Polish Journey to Yiddish Language and 

Sunday, March 26th
1:00 - 3:30pm
Jewish Community Library, SF

Presented by Agnieszka Ilwicka

Embodied Jewish Learning
Reshet: Retreat and Conference for Leaders of Jewish Meditation Groups

March 27th - 
March 31st
URJ Camp Newman, Santa Rosa

Presented by 
Rabbis Jordan Bendat-Appell, Sam Feinsmith, Lisa Goldstein, Jeff Roth, Jonathan Slater, Sheila Peltz Weinberg,
 Sylvia Boorstein, Daniel Rechtschaffen, Julie Emden, Rabbi Dorothy Richman and Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels, and more!

Shalom Hartman Institute
Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian 

Wednesday, March 29th
7:00 - 9:00pm
Jewish Community Center, SF

Presented by Ruth Calderon

Jewish Community Library
Beyond Books Concert

Thursday, March 30th
7:00 - 8:30pm
Jewish Community Library, SF

Presented by
Anthony Modechai Tzvi Russel
For Families with Young Children

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