Sparking Social Action: A Workshop Series for Parents

RJ on the Go brings your family together with fun activities anchored in Jewish values and join a community of families seeking to build a more compassionate world, starting at home. 

As parents, how can we spark a lifelong interest in social action in our children? Children’s books can foster empathy, build confidence and connections, and provide those sparks. Join author Julie Segal Walters for "Sparking Social Action," a five-session series of virtual workshops for parents and guardians.

Each weekly interactive session is 45- to 60-minutes long and builds upon the others to give you a roadmap to adding more fun and meaning to your storytime. Recordings will be available to watch through March 2nd. 

Missed the first session? Watch a recording, then join us live for the other four sessions! 

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Sparking Social Action: Building Empathy (Session 2)

Tuesday, March 2 
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
In the second session of this five-part series, we discuss specific books that foster empathy and inspire children to care about others and want to practice tikkun olam to repair the world. Building empathy for people and problems is the necessary first step to working for social justice.

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Sparking Social Action: Raise Awareness (Session 3)

Tuesday, March 9
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
In the third session of this five-part series, discuss the advocacy tools of raising awareness, communication, and community organizing through specific contemporary children’s books that model and teach these tools.

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Sparking Social Action: Policy Advocacy (Session 4)

Tuesday, March 16
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
In the fourth session, with the aid of some of the best children’s books ever written, discuss advocacy tools for communicating with elected officials, the importance of elections, voting, running for office, and other citizen rights and responsibilities.

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Register for Additional Experiences

Watch a recording of the first session and sign up for the fifth sessions in the Sparking Social Action Series, as well as other online sessions on a variety of topics. New virtual experiences are being added all the time! For the current schedule of activities, sign up for RJ on the Go. 

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