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The New Model of Jewish Education 

We are excited to share with you details about our completely new model for Jewish learning and engagement. We have designed the program to meet the needs of the 21st century family while remaining true to the values of Conservative Judaism.

CLASS DAY, TIME, AND LOCATION: We will now be meeting at Congregation B’nai Moshe on Sunday afternoons from 4-6 PM for all learners in grades 4-12. There will be no afternoon Hebrew School. LIFE Program participants (Grades 4-7) will meet in room 5, and the PB & J Program (Grades 8-12) will meet in room 7/8. By being located at the synagogue, we can better incorporate large group activities, cooking, art, and technology into what we are doing with our learners.

HEBREW INSTRUCTION: Hebrew reading will not be taught on Sunday. Learners in grades 4-7 who do not attend day school will be taking Hebrew online. You choose the day and time! The Hebrew instruction will be one-on-one and tailored to each child’s level.

TUITION: Due to the generosity of some of our congregants and grants we were able to secure, I’m happy to share that our program is now TUITION FREE with a full paid membership to the synagogue! This includes the online Hebrew instruction.  For those who may be members of other synagogues, tuition is only $750 for LIFE (Grades 4 - 7) and $400 for PB&J (Grades 8 - 12)

ENROLLMENT:  If you would like to enroll your child in our Jewish learning program, please contact me for more information.  Our first meeting will be on September 23 for Sukkah Decorating and Dinner. If you know other youth that are not enrolled and would like to join us, please have them contact me for more information. 

CURRICULUM MODEL: Modern learners are interested in being actively engaged in exploring, wrestling, and understanding the topics they are learning about. They are also driven to search for the modern relevance of the subjects which they are studying. Therefore, instead of starting from the ancient and moving to the modern, we will now be looking at challenges in our modern lives and exploring how Jews have navigated these challenges throughout history. This will allow us to help connect them to generations before, learn our history, and see in action, how Jewish life and values help us to lead a life well lived.

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT:  I am sure that  you would like your children to be a part of a Jewish community. Being a part of a community means actively participating in the learning, social, prayer, and tzedakah opportunities that are a part of that community. This year we will be introducing a monthly Blue Jean Shabbat service that will be engaging, participatory, and camp style so that families can come, daven, socialize, and celebrate Shabbat together. We will also be offering informal learning and tzedek opportunities throughout the year. Even if you choose not to enroll your child, we welcome your participation in all our Blue Jean Shabbat, Family Education, and tzedek opportunities.

A copy of the 2018-2019 youth education and family engagement calendar is attached. If you would like to help plan any of these events, please let me know as I am always looking for partners to help enrich our offerings. As always, my door is open for questions and feedback. My goal is to help support each of your families on your Jewish journey.

In partnership,

Barrett Harr

Thu, September 20 2018 11 Tishrei 5779