V’Shinantam L’vanechah – And you should teach your children diligently… Deut. 6:7
We appreciate the honor and privilege of teaching your children, but also know that parents are our partners in creating meaningful Jewish learning experiences. We have a number of programs woven through the curricular year that involve parents and children learning together:
Class Shabbatonim: During the year each class has the opportunity to celebrate Shabbat and engage in family learning; we call it a “Shabbaton.” This year, parents and their children will together study texts from the Book of Exodus that will enable them to explore the various parts of the Exodus story. This theme will be tied into our Congregational Retreat – “Standing at Sinai” – that will take place in February.
In addition, the students will prepare for their participation in the Shabbat morning service. Following the service, the families always enjoy a festive Kiddush lunch together.
Parent Education Programs: Throughout the year, parents will be able to participate in various and engaging learning opportunities on a Sunday morning from 10:30 a.m. – Noon. The programs include:
- Parent-facilitated book club
- Lectures by our rabbi and guest speakers on a variety of topics such as child development, Jewish history, holiday preparations, and Social Justice
- “Nourishing Traditions” – our new cooking class, sharing recipes and stories
School-wide Assemblies: During the course of the year, we have a number of opportunities for our students to share what they are learning in their classes. We gather together in school-wide assemblies, and encourage all parents to attend.
Tefillah: Each Sunday, from 9:45-10:10 a.m., our morning begins with Tefillah, led by our rabbi and/or teachers and our students This serves as our time to come together in prayer and song and a few words of Torah, followed by Morning Announcements. Parents are welcome and encouraged to bring their children up to the sanctuary – and stay for Tefillah!
We look forward to and value your input as we develop our programming. Please feel free to contact our Educator, Debbie Chessin, with your questions and suggestions.