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Co-Chaired by Tzedek Council Member Susan Cole and Congregant Amy Kassiola
The Education Working Group aims to raise literacy levels in our city’s public schools and further integrate social justice learning within Emanu-El’s education curriculum. Keep reading for more information.
To get involved, please fill out the Tzedek Council Volunteer Form.
Questions? Please contact Monica Pevzner at firstname.lastname@example.org (415) 751-2541 x 124
55% of 4th graders read below grade level. 43% of SF public high school students do NOT graduate. The nationwide 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.
“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)
“The world is sustained on the breath of schoolchildren.” (Shulchan Aruch, Section Yoreh Deah, 245:6)
Opening Books, Opening Minds, Opening Doors
Inspired by Jewish values of social justice, the Jewish Coalition for Literacy is dedicated to eliminating childhood illiteracy by mobilizing tutors, engaging parents, and expanding home libraries to help underserved public school children throughout the Bay Area. We envision a society where all children can read and are inspired to reach their full potential.
Give one hour a week, change a child’s life forever.
“Every Tuesday during the past school year, I walked to the local elementary school to spend a delightful, stimulating hour tutoring. Trained and placed through the JCL, I met with three students individually, all of whom were reading below grade level. I brought books and word games, saw their eyes brighten as they learned. Rasheed, Majeed, and Hala made Tuesday a very special day.” – Meta Pasternak, JCL tutor, Congregant and Education Working Group Member
Tutor with Back on Track
Monday – Thursday 3:30 – 5:30 pm OR Tuesday – Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister Street
The year 2016 marks the twenty-eighth anniversary of Back on Track, a partnership that originated when Rabbi Robert Kirschner of Congregation Emanu-El and Rev. Amos C. Brown of Third Baptist Church, met during a 1987 civil rights march in Alabama against racial violence and the Klu Klux Klan. Inspired by the march, they agreed to form a unique partnership and build bridges of opportunity and academic enrichment for students in San Francisco. Brown and Kirschner recognized that a disproportionate number of African American students were performing below grade level in San Francisco’s public schools. The partnership they created was the genesis of the first pulpit exchange and of Back On Track, a tutoring program that promotes both academic achievement on a one‐on‐one basis for students who are otherwise not well served and a mentoring relationship.
The unique partnership has crossed religious and cultural differences to build bridges of opportunity for K-12 students. As a non-denominational community-based program, Back on Track has served over 3,000 young people from diverse multicultural populations throughout San Francisco.
For more information, please contact Monica Pevzner at email@example.com (415) 751-2541 x 124
JCL Centerpiece Project
In the spirit of Tikkun Olam, please consider donating to the JCL and give children a chance at a better future.
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