Janie Grackin: Storyteller, Author, Family Life Educator, Professional Development Facilitator, Storahteller

For over fifteen years, Janie Grackin has been a leader in the community serving as Director of Family Life Education and Programming in Palm Beach County, Florida, as well as performing countless programs for professional development, and engaging groups of all ages in making Torah alive—accessible and meaningful—creating spiritually transformational events in the US, the UK, Europe and Israel.

She is the recipient of numerous awards such as the 2005 Solomon Schechter Gold Award for Family Education, CAJE 2004 (Coalition for Advancements in Jewish Education) National Award for specialty programming “Beyond the Fringe”, Tallit program and exhibit, Commission for Jewish Education Torah Award for Jewish Education 2003, 2004, 2005, and the CJE Matarot Incentive Grant receiving in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

In 1997, Janie was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame for her commitment to AIDS education in Washington, DC, and for her work in Palm Beach County as a member of the URJ (Union of Reform Judaism) Committee on AIDS.

Below is a short list of the tapestry of programs and workshops with Ms. Grackin:

  • Limmud (UK) International Presenter since 2005, 2007
  • Family Education “Names Mandala Project”, February 2009
  • A Tapestry of Tales: Takhlis and Techniques of Storytelling, CAJE, Burlington, Vermont 2008
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Tallit
  • Simhat Torah Storahtelling, West Palm Beach 2008
  • “Being Torah Alive!”, Professional Development Program,  Kansas City 2008, West Palm Beach 2008, Coventry, England 2007
  • “Thoroughly Modern Midrash” YouTube, St. Louis, August 2007
  • "Around the World in Story and Song: from the Sephardim to the Chassidim" (numerous venues)
  • Family Education “In Abraham’s Tent”, October 2008
  • The Secret Seder of the Crypto Jews”, Beth Orr Teens, March 2008
  • “Walking the Exodus”, Coral Springs, West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach 2008, 2009
  • “Hear Our Voice: a Seder in Celebration of Women”, March 2006, 2007, 2008
  • CAJE Conference presenter and Shabbat Storytelling Chair, Seattle, August 2005, Durham, august 2006, St. Louis 2207, Burlington 2008
  • CJE (Commission for Jewish Education) Keynote Speaker, August 2007
  • Healing through Storytelling (after Katrina), October 2007, Biloxi, Baton Rouge, Mobile, and  Huntsville
  • Storytelling at Mt. Meron, Safed, Israel 2006 this program was also featured on Israeli Public Television
  • Hadassah Keynote Speaker, Lifetime Member Luncheon, February 2005
  • JCC Jacksonville, Keynote Speaker, Spring Kallah, March 2005
  • National Council of Jewish Women Keynote Speaker at Annual Regional Conference, February 2004

Ms. Grackin has been involved in community development and cross association activities such as:

  • CAJE Storytelling Network Shabbat Chair since August 2005
  • Chairman Partnership 2000 Teacher Exchange, Jewish Federation and Tzahar Region Israel (Northern Galilee)
  • Commission for Jewish Education Community Conference Committee
  • CJE Adult Education Task Force
  • Palm Beach Jewish Arts Foundation Film Festival Committee
  • NACIE (North American Coalition for Israel Education)
  • Created partnership programming between Temple Beth David and the JCC
  • Created partnership programming between  Temple Beth David and Temple Beth Am and the Commission for Jewish Education

Ms. Grackin is a graduate of the Whizin Institute for Family Education at the University of Judaism in Los Angeles and serves as the co-chair of the Florence Ruth Silverman Jewish Storytelling Network with the Coalition for Advancements in Jewish Education (CAJE) on a national level.

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