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Our new and exciting format is inspired by the word “Hineinu,” Hebrew for “Here We Are.” Wherever each of us is individually, we will continue to learn and grow together. Despite physical distancing, we are all “here.” The hallmarks of this program will include bringing Jewish learning into the home, involving every member of the family in multi-generational learning, removing physical and geographical barriers, and extending learning opportunities beyond scheduled class time.

“Here” may look different for each of our students based on the curricular goals for their age and developmental levels. Therefore, we are structuring our program into units, just like at summer camp:

Bonim: Builders (PreK-2nd Grade)Students in PK-2nd grade will receive foundational understandings of what it means to be part of a Jewish community and the rituals, customs, traditions, and responsibilities that come with it. Each family will participate in a multi-generational learning experience that gathers students and parents together at one device. Families will learn in cohorts to build community and learn from each other.

Chalutzim: Pioneers (3rd-6th Grade)
Students in 3rd-6th grade will dive deeper into Jewish values and personal identity, working toward joining the covenant of the Jewish people at their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Classes will meet online by grade level, each with a set of content and curricular goals, and have the chance to shape their own Jewish experience by choosing from a set of interactive, culture-based electives including art, music, dance, cooking, and nature.

Gesher: Bridge (7th Grade)
Generally the year most of our students have their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, this “bridge” into Jewish adulthood is the perfect opportunity to make a direct move from learning Judaism to doing Judaism and becoming active members of our temple’s community. Classmates will celebrate each other’s individual accomplishments as well as begin to collaborate on larger mitzvah projects to show the real impact they can collectively have on the world.

Kesher: Connection (8th-12th Grade)
Our new and reimagined teen learning program offers opportunities for teens to continue exploring their personal Jewish identities while also connecting to their local, national, and worldwide Jewish community. These club-style educational experiences are designed by teens for teens with the mentorship of adult partners, and allow participants to have full agency over their own Jewish learning.

Thu, March 4 2021 20 Adar 5781