What is your favorite memory of Jewish learning? Maybe it was a ruach-filled song session at summer camp, or dipping the parsley into salt water at a Passover seder, or dancing at a wedding. Perhaps it was last week at services, when you learned why we turn toward the door during L’cha Dodi. For some of us, the best times involve food, song, or dance; for others they might be about reading a good book, hearing an inspirational and informative speaker who relates religious texts and teachings to contemporary issues, or spending time with friends and family during a holiday celebration. For many of us, Jewish learning is at its best when it is about participation and experience.
For those reasons we have a curriculum that supports a large emphasis on project-based learning.
Mission: Through education to build an intentional Jewish community in which all ages: acquire knowledge; develop Jewish identity and values; and participate in and live a meaningful Jewish life.
Our learning program includes:
- Chugim, or electives (3rd-5th grade), Israeli Dance and Jewish Music (Kids’ Time and Pre-k-2nd Grade), Tefillah (all students)
- Experiential and Project Based Learning for students (projects, ritual practice, active learning)
- Shabbatonim (overnights at the Temple) and Retreats (offsite) (4th-12th Grade)
- Shabbat and Holiday experiences in “Real Jewish Time”, for example: First Friday Tot Shabbat, Congregational Potlucks, and Family Shabbat Services led by classes, Shabbat and Havdallah-based family programs, Sukkah Building, Family Simchat Torah experiences, Chanukah observances
- Congregation-wide learning opportunities based on a given theme
- Hebrew Learning and Prayer Study for children (3rd-7th grade) and adults
- Whole-family learning opportunities with field trips, adult education, and retreats taking a larger role as part of the family education experience.
- Year-Long Kehillat Shalom Adult Learning themes (rotating from year to year) including holidays and rituals, parshat hashavua (the weekly Torah portion), and life-cycle events (other themes may include Torah, Israel, Social Justice). These occur approximately once per month during the school year and include learning choices including and not limited to: special lectures from outside experts; discussion groups with the clergy; activities or projects; book discussions; and more!