The Why and How of Thriving: Conference Resources

On this page you will find a number of key resources from The Why and How of Thriving in Jewish Education retreat that was held May, 2019, including documents from our three hands-on learning experts. If you have any questions, please email Rabbi Jennifer Goldsmith at

The PDFs listed below are also available in a Google folder (you do not need to sign in) in case you want to access them that way or add them to your own Google Drive.

Our next Thriving Retreat: Grit. Empathy. Gratitude. will take place June 1-3, 2020. Learn more and register.

Lastly, be sure to check our Resource Guide on Thriving which we are continually updating.

Thriving Tools and Activities

  • Thriving Human Bingo Activity
    This document describes one of the ice breakers used to help people get to “break the ice” and begin to form connections to get to know each other.

  • Who are you? A 4-Square Question Activity
    This is a great ice breaker used during our opening evening. Participants break up into small groups and get to answer a question of their own choice. Questions allow participants to open up at whatever level they feel comfortable.

  • PERMA Spotting
    Used throughout the retreat, this document allows you to assess any learning experience you’ve had through the lens of PERMA.

  • Emoji Zones Activity
    One important dimension to thriving is self- awareness.  These emoji activities help our learners become more self-aware by taking their pulse. Circle the emoji that best describes where you are at the moment and write a sentence describing why it suits you. 

  • Take Your Pulse Document Activity
    This is a document which we used at the conference to help participants articulate how they are feeling during the day using different emojis. You can use this document with your learners, staff, parents etc.

Conference Presentations and Materials:


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Resource Guide
The resource guide is being built in support of our work around Thriving. As one of a number of educational institutions thinking deeply about this potential paradigm shift, we have responded to many requests about what to read, watch and listen to... and where to start.

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