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K-12 LEARNING PROGRAM

In our Religious School, we aim to expand what is taught in supplementary Jewish education to include deep and significant explorations of self and of others through the lens of Character Strengths. Our program marries the values of deepening who we are as human beings with living full and rich Jewish lives. We have created a new Judaic Studies curriculum that weaves together the worlds of Jewish wisdom, faith, spirituality and positive psychology. 

Our goal is to utilize a strengths-based philosophy to build an enduring culture of flourishing, well-being, and confidence through dynamic and meaningful experiences that connect the wisdom of Jewish tradition, the power of community and the best in ourselves to impact the world. Our strengths-based community will nurture the minds and souls of its members through the use of integrated curricula, community engagement opportunities, relationship-building, and personal quests for spiritual well-being. With an emphasis on flourishing, our model will equip our students and parents with an understanding of themselves and their Judaism that is rooted in strengths. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR ALL 2020-2021 RELIGIOUS SCHOOL K-12 PROGRAMS. 

Our program year begins on October 1, 2020. 

 K-6 RELIGIOUS SCHOOL: 

As we prepare to welcome our learners to the school year 2020-21, we have continued to think of how we support your children’s Jewish journey during these uncertain times. Our intention is to remain flexible and open to all possibilities that enable us to engage our learners in a meaningful way, while consistently prioritizing safety above all else. As circumstances change, we will review and revise our plans. At this time, we will offer two options: 

1. A fully virtual program with opportunities for in-person activities for children and families

This program will engage students in live and synchronous virtual class sessions with their peers. Students will learn from our Judaics and Hebrew curricula and will participate in real-time, virtual Tefillah and Shirah (prayer and song) with our clergy and educators. Virtual programs will be offered on the following days:

  • K-2nd grade: Sundays, 10:10-11:30 am
  • 3rd-6th grade choose from:
    1. Sundays, 10:50-12:50 pm
    2. Mondays, 4:15-6:25 pm
    3. Tuesdays, 4:15-6:25 pm 

2. Hybrid program beginning in-person in our new, tented outdoor classrooms

This will follow the guidelines for in-person, outdoor gatherings.  Enrollment in this option will be on a first received basis.  In-person programming will be offered as follows:

  • K-6th Grade
    • Sundays, 9:30-11:30 am
    •  Tuesdays, 4:15-6:25pm

We are excited to welcome students in-person for as long as it is safe to do so. If outdoor learning must come to an end, these students will join the virtual program, and the schedule will reflect that of Option 1. Students in 3rd - 6th grade will be able to choose from Sunday, Monday or Tuesday virtual learning. Any decisions regarding the continuation of in-person learning will be made based on our ongoing guidance from health and safety professionals, and we will also monitor forecasts for inclement weather that would make it unsafe to continue outdoors.

 

 7th-12th GRADE PROGRAMS 

 7th grade:  Living a Life of Mitzvot

In-person and virtual options, Thursdays: 5:00-6:00pm 

The 7th grade program will be a year of learning about the concept of mitzvot, and exploring our ethical, ritual and personal practices in connection with Jewish tradition.    

 8th grade: Becoming a Jewish Teenager: Big Questions, Sacred Choices.   

Fully Virtual, meets twice a month on Thursday, 6:00-7:00pm  

As teens near the end of middle school and approaching high school, students will begin to think about how Jewish values can help inform how they make choices that they encounter in their lives. 

 9th grade: Philanthropy and Tzedakah

Meets twice a month on Sundays, 11:30am-12:30pm 

Students will learn about the Jewish responsibility to give tzedakah through the lens of cultivating community, developing their Jewish identities, and Jewish values. 

10th grade: Confirmation

Meets twice a month on Sundays, 11:30am-12:30pm 

The Confirmation year is an unforgettable experience as students develop relationships with their clergy, bond with their classmates and explore what they believe about their place in the world. Confirmation provides an opportunity to explore personal beliefs and explore life’s big questions. 

11th and 12th grade: Israel Advocacy Fellowship

Meets monthly on Sundays, 11:30-12:30pm  

What does it mean to support Israel and struggle with big questions about our spiritual homeland? Teens will explore how to respond to anti-Semitism and anti-Israel sentiment, learning from professionals from pro-Israel organizations and our clergy, while creating their own “tool-kits” which will help navigate these issues as they arise in our community and beyond. 

Social Justice Academy (9th-12th grade)

Join TBJ and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism to engage in meaningful virtual social justice learning on a variety of topics.  This program will also include a number of optional hands-on community service opportunities throughout the year, pending safety.   

Learning dates 7 pm: 10/12, 10/19, 12/1, 12/8, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8 

Community service program dates: TBD  

Madrichim (Leaders) Program (8th-12th grade)

Teens work as an integral part of the K-6 Religious School experience as they assist teachers with classroom lessons, act as a role model for students, and gain work experience. 

Takes place during Religious School on Sundays, Mondays & Tuesday; students can select to work one, two, or all three days. In addition to work experience, teens will participate in leadership development and training seminars throughout the year. 

After registering for the Madrichim program, your teen will be invited to join an orientation and informational meeting during which they will indicate preferences and interests for work assignments. Those madrichim who are over the age of 14 with valid working papers may choose to either volunteer for community service hours or be paid.   

Ulpan Hebrew Language Studio (8th-12th grade)

Students will learn conversational Hebrew in small groups with an Israeli teacher. Newcomers to Ulpan will experience a beginner level course and returning Ulpan students will build upon the success of their existing program. 

 Weekly for 45-minute sessions, scheduled based upon common availability of participants in each level, minimum of 3 beginner level students required to run – bring a friend! 

 Teens & Torah (8th-12th grade)

Provides students an opportunity to dive deeper into Torah with a member of our Clergy 

Meets monthly on Monday/Tuesday evening   

 FAMILY EDUCATION:  

 K-2 Shabbat Services and Dinner, 5:30 pm    

Dates: October 2, November 13, December 4, January 22, March 12, May 7 

 

Mon, October 26 2020 8 Cheshvan 5781