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Director of Education and Family Engagement

Barrett Harr ( grew up in Dallas, Texas where she was involved in Jewish camping, Temple Youth Group, BBYO, and NFTY. She and her family (husband David and daughters Elana and Shoshana) relocated to Michigan in 2013 and now considers herself a proud Michigander. 

She earned her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas and Certificate in Jewish Education specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults, and a Masters of Arts in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

She has experience in working with students of all ages as she began her career in Jewish Education as a religious school and pre-school teacher, then moving to specialize in adolescents in formal and informal education settings. In her most recent position as the Coordinator of Jewish Teen Engagement at the Jewish Federation she was responsible for managing the Jewish Youth Professionals’ Council, serving as the staff person for JServe and the Community Shabbaton for students in grades 5 & 6, providing professional learning opportunities for those who work with youth, and administering grants and scholarships for youth. 

Additionally Barrett works as our lead educator for our acclaimed PB&J (Post B’nai Mitzvah and Judaism) program. She is very excited to be able to expand her connection with B’nai Moshe as the head of our LIFE program creating unique and special identity forming opportunities for our youth and families.

CLICK HERE to read What the Detroit Jewish News has to say about our PB&J Program

Exciting New Educational Experience

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. Mark your calendars for our first meeting on September 23 for Sukkah Decorating and Dinner. 

We will now be meeting at Congregation B’nai Moshe on Sunday afternoons from 4-6 PM for all learners in grades 4-12. 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 reading will not be taught on Sunday and we will no longer have Hebrew School on Tuesday afternoons. 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.

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.

This year we will be introducing a monthly Blue Jean Shabbat service open to all 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.

Due to the generosity of some of our congregants and grants we were able to secure, I’m happy to share that our Sunday education program is now TUITION FREE with a paid membership to the synagogue! This includes the online Hebrew instruction. If you know Jewish youth from the community who are not enrolled in a program and would like to join us, please have them contact me for more information and non-member tuition rates.

If you would like to help plan any 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.

Mon, June 24 2019 21 Sivan 5779