Questions? please contact Community Engagement Director Sandy Rechtschaffen at (415) 751-2541 x 177

Social Justice Issue

55% of 4th graders read below grade level. 43% of SF public high school students do NOT graduate. The nation-wide average for high school graduation is 70.6%. 75% of those on welfare and 68% of those arrested are illiterate. 54% of all teachers have limited English proficient (LEP) students in their classrooms, yet only 1/5 feel adequately prepared to teach them.


Jewish Response to Literacy

"Do not let him slip until he falls completely, for then it will be difficult to raise him; rather, strengthen him as he begins to fall." (Rashi, Leviticus 25:35 Cf. Torat Kohanim, Sifre Behar, Chapter 5)

"For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy." (Proverbs 2:10)


Tutor with Back on Track

An interfaith collaborative effort between Third Baptist Church and Congregation Emanu-El. Provide long-term tutoring and mentoring to underserved youth in San Francisco at Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister Street, Monday – Thursday 3:30 – 5:30 pm or Tuesday – Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Email Regina Herbert, Membership Coordinator, or call (415) 346-9316.

Jewish Coalition for Literacy (JCL)

JCL tutors provide one-on-one reading support for struggling readers (grades K-3) from low-income homes. To become a JCL tutor, you must attend an initial three-hour training and orientation session (see sign-up schedule below). No previous tutoring experience is necessary!

Volunteers typically work one-on-one with a child or provide read-aloud sessions for small groups. JCL tutors are asked to make a commitment of one-hour per week for the duration of the school year, but many find they wish to do much more!

Questions? Contact, Bay Area Director and Emanu-El Congregant Randi Dodick Fields (415) 369-9978 x102,

Sign up for a JCL Tutor Training in your area:

San Francisco
Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake Street
Thursday, June 4, 2015, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

East Bay
Congregation Netivot Shalom, 1316 University Ave, Berkeley
Monday, April 20, 2015, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Congregation B'nai Shalom, 74 Eckley Ln, Walnut Creek
Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Peninsula JCC, 800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City
Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Kehillah Jewish Day School, 3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



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