Bridge Network

Facilitators: Suri Jacknis and Margy Ringelheim
Format: Hybrid (includes some virtual)


This network will provide an opportunity for teams of colleagues from congregations to create and implement action plans that build or deepen a culture of continuous engagement. You will find new ways to support families as they transition between the early childhood setting and the congregational school setting. In addition, you will serve as critical colleagues for network members to experiment with and implement new strategies.

Additional information:

  • This network is designed for teams of early childhood directors and congregational educational directors.
  • The network will be a blend of pairs of colleagues who have been involved in this work for the past 2-3 years as well as open to new teams interested in working toward continuous engagement in their educational settings.

About the facilitators:

Suri Jacknis is the Director of Educator Networks and has enjoyed facilitating a wide-variety of networks for The Jewish Education Project over the last decade. She combines her love of people and her love of Jewish education in her work as network weaver. Suri feels that it is amazing to contribute to the professional learning of participants and to promote experimentation and the implementation of new strategies and models.

Suri Jacknis

Margy Ringelheim, LMSW is a part-time Early Childhood Consultant on the ECFE team on Long Island. Margy has worked extensively with early childhood program directors, staff, lay leaders and parents in synagogues and JCC’s.

Margy Ringelheim


This network is a source of ‘authority’ for us to make changes on bridging.

We use the language developed at the network in our meetings with clergy and staff.

Through the case study, we elevated some of the levers for bridging including developing a strong partnership between the EC and RS directors so that they can co-plan and seek to involve other leadership.

Stories of impact:

When the newest team in this network presented a case study about their dilemma, more experienced members of the network offered coaching advice and support to their colleagues. Veteran members were able to speak from the authority of their multiple years’ experience in this work (“we’ve been there”) as well as to offer suggestions for how to move forward in a manner that was both supportive and accessible. It was a moment of “network maturity” - of how far we have come and how much wisdom we can offer to those just starting in a supportive and encouraging way. Network members chimed in to emphasize the power of the network - the authority of the network in their lives, to their clergy and beyond to other circles in their congregation.


Glimpses are a way of looking into a Network to learn more about how they think and function.

One way we have built relationships in this network is...
Through encouraging the voices of all members to share professional successes and challenges as well as relevant personal experience so that over time, network members have close relationships and genuinely like and support each other.

One goal for our network is...
To build a culture of continuous engagement by helping families bridge between the EC and the RS.

One way network participants have helped other members is...
By offering their wisdom and suggestions as part of our case study protocol.

One interesting case study or presentation that our network experienced is...
How to do build upon an annual community event to make it meaningful each and every year.

One way this network builds thriving is...
By creating a safe space where member feel comfortable sharing both successes and challenges.

One way this network impacts participants is...
By providing a framework for their continuous work, including regular check in on progress toward team goals.

One way this network impacts learners is...
By supporting millennial parents in their decision-making and connection to Jewish life.

One reason participants find this network particularly valuable is...
The support that is provided no matter what the difficulty.  Participants ask questions which push thinking and promote reflection and improvement.


November 12, December 10, (2020) January 14, February 11, March 31, May 5


Tuesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Designed for:

Director / Principal / Head of School


Hybrid (includes some virtual)

New members:

New members

Geographic Region:

Long Island

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