Bay Area Teens Thrive Un-Conference, February 4-8, 2019

Short Commute to Deep Learning

Jewish LearningWorks and the Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative invite all professionals and lay leaders who work with Jewish teens to register now for the Bay Area Teens Thrive Un-Conference, February 4-8, 2019. Pick which day/s you want to join and immerse yourself in learning with local and national experts in the field of teen wellness and mental health. Team participation is strongly encouraged!

The Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative (Teen Initiative) is a project of Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, in partnership with Jewish Federation of the East Bay and The Jewish Community Foundation, and with significant support from the Jim Joseph Foundation. 

Interests: Teens
February 04, 2019 to February 08, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bay Area Locations
$36/day or $130 for the week- Earlybird price


Organized By: 
Jewish LearningWorks
Bay Area Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Initiative
Event Contact Person: 
Debra Massey
Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Rabbi Paul Kipnes, MAJE, a popular lecturer on raising spiritually balanced, emotionally whole children, is leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, California. A former camp director and North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) regional advisor, Rabbi Kipnes and his wife Michelle November MSSW co-wrote Jewish Spiritual Parenting: Wisdom, Activities, Rituals, and Prayers for Raising Children with Spiritual Balance and Emotional Wholeness (Jewish Lights Publishing).
Kathy Simon
Kathy Simon has been practicing NVC since 1995. She has led the Living Peace retreat and the BayNVC Immersion Program since 2009, and she especially appreciates the chance to work with a small, warm community of dedicated practitioners. Along with the Immersion Program, Kathy also leads NVC trainings for organizations and works privately with individuals, parents, and couples to find more ease and authenticity in their communication. A former high school English and drama teacher, Kathy supervised student teachers at Stanford University and co-directed the Coalition of Essential Schools, a nonprofit school reform organization. Kathy is the author of Moral Questions in the Classroom and co-author of other books on education and school reform. Kathy holds a B.A. in Literature from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Education from Stanford. Kathy’s wife, Inbal Kashtan, of blessed memory, was a co-founder of BayNVC. Kathy lives in Oakland with their 17 year old son.
Rabbi Adina Allen
Rabbi Adina Allen is Co-Founder and Creative Director of the Jewish Studio Project (JSP). Integrating a lifetime of experience in the expressive arts with her rabbinic training, Adina has pioneered a methodology for the integration of Jewish learning, spiritual reflection and creative expression that she has brought to thousands of Jewish educators, professionals and lay leaders across the country. Her original research on art making as a methodology for generating new midrash was published in the CCAR Journal in 2012. A contributing writer to the Huffington Post, Patheos, and My Jewish Learning, her work has been published widely. Adina was ordained by Hebrew College in 2014 where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow. She is a recipient of the Open Dor Fellowship, the Upstart Fellowship and the CIRCLE Interfaith Leadership Fellowship. Adina is a recipient of the 2018 Pomegranate Prize for emerging Jewish leaders from the Covenant Foundation. Adina resides in Berkeley, CA with her husband Jeff Kasowitz (co-founder and Executive Director of JSP) and their two amazing young kiddos.
Annie Fox
Annie Fox, M.Ed., is an internationally respected parenting expert, family coach and trusted online adviser for teens. Her life’s work is helping youth effectively manage their relationships and emotions so they can feel confident in who they are. Her latest book, The Girls Q&A Book on Friendship, is for girls ages 8–12. Her latest book for parents, Teaching Kids to Be Good People, is a guide for navigating 21st century parenting challenges.
Ana Homayoun is a noted teen and millennial expert, author, speaker and educator. Her latest book, Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World, discusses modern social media dilemmas and offers prescriptive solutions. Her first book, That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Disorganized and Distracted Boys Succeed in School and Life, quickly became a classic among parents and educators for the pragmatic approach to executive functioning issues. Her next book, The Myth of the Perfect Girl: Helping Our Daughters Find Authentic Success and Happiness in School and Life, explores the real-life dilemmas of young women today and provides strategies for finding authentic success and happiness. Ana work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic Magazine, Fast Company, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Chicago Tribune, and ABC News, among others, and she is a frequent guest on NPR.

Ana is the founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based educational consulting firm, and has spent the past seventeen years working with students, parents, and educators around the world. For more information, please visit: and
Denise Pope
Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008. She is the author of, “Doing School”: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (Yale University Press, 2001), which was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001, and co-author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Jossey-Bass, 2015).

Dr. Pope lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. She is a 3-time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award and was honored with the 2012 Education Professor of the Year “Educators’ Voice Award” from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children.
Rabbi P.J. Schwartz
Rabbi P.J. Schwartz is the Rabbi Educator at Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos, CA. He was ordained from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-HIR) in Cincinnati, OH in June 2013 and was the recipient of the Ferdinand M. Isserman Prize awarded to the senior rabbinical student who best contributes to the development of community relations. In addition to his studies at HUC-JIR, Rabbi Schwartz received a Master's in Educational Administration with a Specialization in Jewish Education at Xavier University. Rabbi Schwartz grew up in Greenville, SC and is a 2007 graduate of the College of Charleston, where he majored in Religious Studies. Rabbi Schwartz is married to his college sweetheart, Michelle, a special education teacher.
Cindy Pierce
Cindy Pierce is a leading social sexuality educator and comic storyteller who has been performing her one-woman comedic show and providing educational program around healthy sexual behavior and choices since 2004. Combining humor and research, she enlightens people about the choices and obstacles confronted in today’s media-driven world. As the youngest of 7 children, Cindy grew up seeing a lot! As an athlete on co-ed teams, she found herself having dual citizenship, accepted and “in” with both boys and girls. A self-proclaimed ‘incident magnet,’ Cindy frequently finds herself embroiled in awkward or embarrassing situations—which she characteristically interprets as moments of humor and learning, from which her audiences benefit. Cindy is the author of SEXPLOITATION: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Sexuality in a Porn Driven World and is co-author of Finding the Doorbell.
Randi Reed
Randi studied acting at Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts in St. Louis. For many years, she utilized her background in art, theater, and working with children as a staffer at summer camps in New York City, Pennsylvania, and the Bay Area. A longtime Keshet volunteer, Randi has always felt a passion for working with the LGBTQ community, in particular creating safer and more inclusive spaces. As a Teen Program Coordinator, Randi helped build LGBTQ teen and community programs for the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (for which she received a Helen Diller Family Award for Excellence in Jewish Education nomination). Prior to coming to Keshet, Randi worked as the Community Involvement Coordinator at Covenant House California, where she managed volunteers, community programs, and donations for the largest youth shelter in Northern California. Her passion and drive to bring everyone love, dignity, and a sense of inclusion is something she works for every day. When Randi is not in the office, she can be found riding one of her two bikes around San Francisco and Oakland, hanging with her cat Pip, or rowing in the San Francisco Bay with her Whale Boat team, West Coast Rowing.