Our Mission

About Us: In today’s modern world, education is all about hands-on experiences, and JCrafts is precisely that. JCrafts, is an all-mobile organization that focuses on the experiential factor in order to engage all the senses and excite the students throughout each of its workshops. With innovative and ‘out of the box’ workshops, alongside cutting-edge technology, timeless methods and large visual aids, JCrafts programs transport their audiences into the world of the workshop’s subject.

Tailored for you. The overwhelming success of JCrafts has been that it complements the existing programs and curriculums being taught in your school. Programs are tailored to your students’ needs, age-appropriate, and compatible with your overall educational objectives. By customizing its programs, JCrafts is adaptable to organizations of all persuasions and educational styles. JCrafts views itself as your ally and as a dependable resource for your programs.

Goal. Our goal at JCrafts is to educate your students with Jewish holidays, Jewish tradition, science and the arts, all while having fun at the same time. By otherwise non-descript items becoming attached to Jewish ideas and practices the experiences are sure to be long lasting ones . It is the combination of Jewish education along with a fun and engaging learning experience that makes JCrafts so unique. Our mission is to share that uniqueness with you.

Rabbi Levi Raskin
Director
JCrafts – 501(c)(3) Organization – EIN: 45-4685553

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HOSTING ORGANIZATIONS

Adas Israel, Washington – Adat Reyim, Springfield, Preschool + Religious School – Aleph Bet Jewish Day School, Annapolis – Aleph Bet Montessori, Bethesda – Beth Tfilo, Pikesville Lower + Middle School + Religious School – Beth Chaverim, Columbia – Beth Ami Religious School + Preschool – Beth-El Baltimore Religious School – Beth-El Mont. County Preschool + Religious School – Beth-El, Arlington – Beth Israel, Owings Mills – Cong. Beth Joshua, Rockville – B’nai Israel, Baltimore – B’nai Israel, Rockville, Nursery School + Religious School – B’nai Tzedek, Potomac, Religious School + ECC – B’nai Shalom, Olney, Early Childhood + Religious School – Camp Ahava – Camp Gan Israel, Bethesda, Columbia, DC, Silver Spring – Camp Keetov – Camp Shomrei – Chabad of Annapolis, Aspen Hill, Bethesda, Chabad Israeli Center, Gaithersburg, Olney, Potomac, Silver Spring, Tysons Corner – Chabad on Campus, College Park, American University – Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School, Rockville – Friendship Circle of Potomac – Etz Hayim, Arlington, VA – Gan Gurim, Rockville – Har Shalom, Potomac, Religious School + ECC – Har Tzeon Agudas Achim, Silver Spring – JCC of Greater Washington – JCC of Owings Mills – JCC of Park Heights – JCC Israeli Boy-Girl Scouts – JCCGW Arts Alive – Jewish Children’s Museum, NY – Jewish National Retreat (JLI) – Jewish Primary Day School, Washington, DC – Kemp Mill Montessori – Kneseth Israel, Annapolis, Day School + Preschool + Religious School – Kol Shalom Religious School, Gaithersburg – Kreiger Schechter (Chizuk Amuna), Pikesville – Leo Bernstein Jewish Academy, Silver Spring – Maryland School for Jewish Education, Potomac – Berman Hebrew Academy, Rockville, Preschool + Middle School – Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Reston – Ohr Kodesh, Bethesda – Olney Assisted Living – Olney Kehilla – Ohev Shalom, Olney – PJ Library of Greater Washington – Rodef Shalom, Falls Church – Safeway Stores – Shaare Tefila, Olney ECC + Religious School – Silver Spring Learning Center – Sixth & I Synagogue, Washington – Temple Shalom, Chevy Chase – Temple Emanuel, Kensington – Temple Isaiah, Fulton – Tikvat Israel ECC, Rockville – The Gan Montessori, Silver Spring – Torah School, Silver Spring – Washington Hebrew Congregation, Religious School, ECC, Potomac, DC – United States Naval Academy

As of 2016, JCrafts has been hosted by over 80 institutions/groups in the Greater Washington and Baltimore areas and has more recently branched out to Los Angeles, Atlanta, St. Louis and the Greater Stamford, CT area.

Testimonials

SEPTEMBER 2016 FEEDBACK

“We love welcoming JCrafts to Washington Hebrew Congregation’s Religious School. Each program involves intricate attention to detail: from music, to costume and even the way they include every child in some way. Rabbi Raskin’s passion and humor are contagious and help excite our students as they wonder about the Jewish world around them. They are encouraged to consider how much work and effort go into making olive oil; they marvel at the magic needed to make a shofar… the list goes on and on. He models enthusiasm and knowledge that not only inspires our students, but also our teachers. In addition to all of this, JCrafts has been a proven partner in the world of intra-faith dialogue. We have open discussions about any differences between our Reform congregation and his personal Jewish background; this has never created tension between us or the programs he shares with our school.”

- –Stephanie Tankel,
RJE, Director of Religious Education, Washington Hebrew Congregation

“Fantastic kick-off for our new religious school! The parents commented that they’ve never seen programming like this – and the children loved walking out with their very own shofarot! Thank you for the amazing enriching experience!”

–Alison Zimbalist, Director of Beth Chaverim Religious School, Director of Early Childhood Services at The Macks Center for Jewish Education

“The students at Temple Beth Ami were enthralled by the Shofar Factory program. Rabbi Levi sets a great tone as he dresses up in construction gear and he proceeds to teach about the shofar in an extremely interactive and experiential way. It was icing on the cake when they found out that they got to make their own shofar and take it home with them! Kol Hakavod JCrafts!”

- Sharon Tash
Curriculum Specialist Temple Beth Ami School

“I can’t tell you how much our adult students appreciated the chance to make their own shofar, and connect to this holy mitzvah in a way they could not have previously imagined. I’ve already heard about how the shofars we made are being used by families and in shul. I hope to bring them back, again and again.” .

-Rabbi Scott Perlo
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Washington D.C.

We love when JCrafts comes to ET-ECC! You always have an exciting program to share and the Shofar Factory was no exception! The children enjoyed having the opportunity to see and try different musical instruments and feel and hold a variety of animal antlers as they determined what would make a great and kosher shofar. The highlight for all was participating together in making a special shofar for each of their classrooms and listening to the sounds of different shofars. The children were delighted with the special surprise key chains made from the leftover ram horn pieces! We love having you and JCrafts visit with us and look forward to additional programs.

–Susan C. Sherman, Assistant Director, Edlavitch-Tyser Early Childhood Center, Washington Hebrew Congregation

Thank you so much for a wonderful program. There is no substitute for experiential learning and your shofar making program epitomized this. There is no doubt that making their own shofars enhanced their Rosh Hashanah experience this year.

Cindi Drake
Director, Early Childhood Education
Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation

“We had the Shofar Factory for all grade levels. All students came away enthused and enriched.”

–Rabbi Yitzchak Charner, Headmaster-Torah School of Greater Washington

“This was a fabulous presentation on shofar making! I love how you had all the kids to something hands on. Even the wiggly kids paid attention for all the different steps. Thanks for coming and visiting our school. We look forward to your presentation next year!

–L’shana Tova, Jennifer Rothstein, Teacher, Leo Bernstein Jewish Academy of Fine Arts

“Thank you! This was a wonderful experience. JCrafts allows my children to fully and joyfully experience their Judaism!”

–Erica Finkelstein, Parent, Chabad Frederick