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JRC Religious School COVID-19 Update:

August 21, 2021

Dear Religious School Families,

We’re writing to share with you our vision and plan for Religious School this year and make the link available to register your child(ren) for Religious School. As you may imagine, we have devoted our summer to re-envisioning a pathway to Jewish learning and engagement for our students and families, and we’re confident our program for this year is not only more accessible and viable, but also successful at “making life better,” through the Jewish values, learning, and connections within our uniquely designed Religious School program this year. 

Yes, we believe Judaism makes life better. We are committed to making this felt and real for our students and families. In our partnership with parents in the essential mitzvah of teaching our children, it falls upon us to ensure that their connection to Judaism, especially in these trying times, is one that indeed “makes life better”; that helps bring blessings into your home and family; that advances Jewish growth in positive and realistic ways.

Learning Model

As we announced in July, our building will remain closed through December, but our congregation remains wide open and as active as ever. Our Religious School will gather online, live, connecting our students to each other, their teachers, Zemer Allan, and us (Rabbi Soffer and Rena). Our Zoom gatherings will be intentionally designed to foster relationships and our lessons designed to ensure our students continue learning and growing Jewishly. 

One Hour, One Community, One T.R.E.E.

It is a TREE of life to those who hold fast to it Proverbs 3:18

We will all spend one hour together each week (with an option for more!). As one school and one community, we will see ourselves as one living Torah-- a “tree of life,” which we will nourish and remain connected to, week after week.

Togetherness: the Roots. We begin all together with songs and prayers, so our students can feel connected to each other, the community, and their tradition. In this way we’ll “wake up” together, before breaking out into our classes in the form of Zoom Breakout Rooms.   

Real Judaism for Real Life: the Water. Our revitalized curriculum, which speaks to our reality will utilize the Morning Meeting model for teachers and peers to check in with each other and discuss "real life."A major innovation to this year's curriculum will be discussions and lessons about Racial Justice and how this is a Jewish value.

Exit-Ticket: the Fruit. Each week our students will walk away with a concrete action, activity or learning that enables them and their families to enhance their lives through Judaism in the home (not on screen).

Extending our Learning: Branches. Our school program will integrate into the ongoing Weekly Shabbat and Holiday experiences & special programs of the greater congregation; an engaging Hebrew program, in its own weeknight “space,” which families of 3rd-6th grade students can choose to opt into 

Classtimes 

Gesher - (6 months - 3 years old) monthly Sundays, Time and Dates TBD

PreK-7th grade - Sundays, 9:30am -10:30am

Additional opportunities for learning and growth:

3rd - 6th grade Hebrew - weeknights, day and times vary

Shabbat 1-2-3 - Suitable for families with children aged 0-6.

Congregational Shabbat services - Fridays, 6pm online

High Holy Days - Rosh Hashanah 9/19, Yom Kippur 9/28, Sukkot 10/2, Simchat Torah 10/9

So why does Religious School matter now more than ever?

With all that is “disconnected” in these difficult times, by sustaining a connection to Judaism through the synagogue community our students will understand that Jewish engagement is a constant, always here for them. Ahad Ha’am famously said, “More than the Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews.” The same goes for our Religious School, and through song, learning, and mitzvot, together we will help our students develop a lifelong relationship with this beautiful tradition. Because Judaism makes life better.

To register your child(ren) for the coming Religious School year, click here. Registered families will receive details and instructions, including how to log-in to our Opening Session on the week before the first session (October 4).

We’re looking forward to another year with your family,

Rena Fraade & Rabbi Soffer

Do you have questions about our Religious School Program? Please click here to email Rena Fraade, Director of Congregational Learning or call the office at (919) 489-7062, ext 248.

Upcoming School Events

All Events
  • Sunday ,
    MayMay  16 , 2021
    Kabbalat Torah Open Ark Event
    Sunday, May 16th 12:30p to 1:30p

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  • Sunday ,
    MayMay  16 , 2021
    VIRTUAL: Erev Shavuot Worship/Kabbalat Torah
    Sunday, May 16th 6:00p to 7:30p

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  • Monday ,
    MayMay  17 , 2021
    OFFICE CLOSED
    Monday, May 17th (All day)

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  • Friday ,
    MayMay  21 , 2021
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, May 21st 5:15p to 5:45p
    Join Zemer Allan, Shmegege, and your other JRC friends to welcome Shabbat with a song, a story, and Shabbat Blessings. Participants will be able to see and hear each other while we sing, dance, and bless our candles, juice, and challah. Grandparents, family members, and other non-Judea Reform folks most welcome to join us! Suitable for families with children aged 0-6. Please register in advance for this event at this link. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErc-6oqDMrEtEFi-EDu8NBe-Sdqb_ZLZnA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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  • Saturday ,
    MayMay  22 , 2021
    VIRTUAL: Dillon Polish Bar Mitzvah
    Shabbat, May 22nd 11:00a to 12:30p

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  • Sunday ,
    MayMay  23 , 2021
    What are you teaching me?!
    Sunday, May 23rd 5:00p to 6:00p
    The final teen discussion program for this school year: 8th-12th graders are invited to continue our conversation on anti-semitism and racism with a discussion about what we're learning in school and who decides what we're learning. You do not need to have attended previous sessions to attend this one. This event will be in person and outdoors. Upon RSVP, you will receive guidelines for attending this event.  RSVP by emailing Dariusz Szajnert - drtyadvisor@judeareform.org.

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  • Friday ,
    MayMay  28 , 2021
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, May 28th 5:15p to 5:45p
    Join Zemer Allan, Shmegege, and your other JRC friends to welcome Shabbat with a song, a story, and Shabbat Blessings. Participants will be able to see and hear each other while we sing, dance, and bless our candles, juice, and challah. Grandparents, family members, and other non-Judea Reform folks most welcome to join us! Suitable for families with children aged 0-6. Please register in advance for this event at this link. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErc-6oqDMrEtEFi-EDu8NBe-Sdqb_ZLZnA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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  • Monday ,
    MayMay  31 , 2021
    OFFICE CLOSED
    Monday, May 31st (All day)

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  • Friday ,
    JunJune  4 , 2021
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Jun 4th 5:15p to 5:45p
    Join Zemer Allan, Shmegege, and your other JRC friends to welcome Shabbat with a song, a story, and Shabbat Blessings. Participants will be able to see and hear each other while we sing, dance, and bless our candles, juice, and challah. Grandparents, family members, and other non-Judea Reform folks most welcome to join us! Suitable for families with children aged 0-6. Please register in advance for this event at this link. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErc-6oqDMrEtEFi-EDu8NBe-Sdqb_ZLZnA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  5 , 2021
    VIRTUAL: Joshua Bosworth Bar Mitzvah
    Shabbat, Jun 5th 11:00a to 12:30p

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  • Friday ,
    JunJune  11 , 2021
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Jun 11th 5:15p to 5:45p
    Join Zemer Allan, Shmegege, and your other JRC friends to welcome Shabbat with a song, a story, and Shabbat Blessings. Participants will be able to see and hear each other while we sing, dance, and bless our candles, juice, and challah. Grandparents, family members, and other non-Judea Reform folks most welcome to join us! Suitable for families with children aged 0-6. Please register in advance for this event at this link. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErc-6oqDMrEtEFi-EDu8NBe-Sdqb_ZLZnA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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  • Friday ,
    JunJune  18 , 2021
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Jun 18th 5:15p to 5:45p
    Join Zemer Allan, Shmegege, and your other JRC friends to welcome Shabbat with a song, a story, and Shabbat Blessings. Participants will be able to see and hear each other while we sing, dance, and bless our candles, juice, and challah. Grandparents, family members, and other non-Judea Reform folks most welcome to join us! Suitable for families with children aged 0-6. Please register in advance for this event at this link. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErc-6oqDMrEtEFi-EDu8NBe-Sdqb_ZLZnA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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  • Friday ,
    JunJune  25 , 2021
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Jun 25th 5:15p to 5:45p
    Join Zemer Allan, Shmegege, and your other JRC friends to welcome Shabbat with a song, a story, and Shabbat Blessings. Participants will be able to see and hear each other while we sing, dance, and bless our candles, juice, and challah. Grandparents, family members, and other non-Judea Reform folks most welcome to join us! Suitable for families with children aged 0-6. Please register in advance for this event at this link. https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErc-6oqDMrEtEFi-EDu8NBe-Sdqb_ZLZnA After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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  • Friday ,
    JulJuly  2 , 2021
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Jul 2nd 6:00p to 7:30p
    SHABBAT SHALOM! Gather with us for Shabbat services. We will continue to live stream our worship services on our website and FaceBook, and we will worship toghether, in person, when it is safe to do so.

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  • Friday ,
    JulJuly  9 , 2021
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Jul 9th 6:00p to 7:30p
    SHABBAT SHALOM! Gather with us for Shabbat services. We will continue to live stream our worship services on our website and FaceBook, and we will worship toghether, in person, when it is safe to do so.

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  • Friday ,
    JulJuly  16 , 2021
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Jul 16th 6:00p to 7:30p
    SHABBAT SHALOM! Gather with us for Shabbat services. We will continue to live stream our worship services on our website and FaceBook, and we will worship toghether, in person, when it is safe to do so.

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  • Friday ,
    JulJuly  23 , 2021
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Jul 23rd 6:00p to 7:30p
    SHABBAT SHALOM! Gather with us for Shabbat services. We will continue to live stream our worship services on our website and FaceBook, and we will worship toghether, in person, when it is safe to do so.

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  • Friday ,
    JulJuly  30 , 2021
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Jul 30th 6:00p to 7:30p
    SHABBAT SHALOM! Gather with us for Shabbat services. We will continue to live stream our worship services on our website and FaceBook, and we will worship toghether, in person, when it is safe to do so.

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  • Friday ,
    AugAugust  6 , 2021
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Aug 6th 6:00p to 7:30p
    SHABBAT SHALOM! Gather with us for Shabbat services. We will continue to live stream our worship services on our website and FaceBook, and we will worship toghether, in person, when it is safe to do so.

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  • Friday ,
    AugAugust  13 , 2021
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Aug 13th 6:00p to 7:30p
    SHABBAT SHALOM! Gather with us for Shabbat services. We will continue to live stream our worship services on our website and FaceBook, and we will worship toghether, in person, when it is safe to do so.

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  • Friday ,
    AugAugust  20 , 2021
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Aug 20th 6:00p to 7:30p
    SHABBAT SHALOM! Gather with us for Shabbat services. We will continue to live stream our worship services on our website and FaceBook, and we will worship toghether, in person, when it is safe to do so.

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  • Saturday ,
    AugAugust  21 , 2021
    Shabbat Service, Jonah Ades Bar Mitzvah
    Shabbat, Aug 21st 11:00a to 12:30p

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  • Friday ,
    AugAugust  27 , 2021
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Aug 27th 6:00p to 7:30p
    SHABBAT SHALOM! Gather with us for Shabbat services. We will continue to live stream our worship services on our website and FaceBook, and we will worship toghether, in person, when it is safe to do so.

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  • Saturday ,
    AugAugust  28 , 2021
    Shabbat Service, Franni Garden Bat Mitzvah
    Shabbat, Aug 28th 11:00a to 12:30p

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  • Friday ,
    SepSeptember  3 , 2021
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Sep 3rd 6:00p to 7:30p
    SHABBAT SHALOM! Gather with us for Shabbat services. We will continue to live stream our worship services on our website and FaceBook, and we will worship toghether, in person, when it is safe to do so.

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  • Monday ,
    SepSeptember  6 , 2021
    Rosh Hashanah 1-2-3
    Monday, Sep 6th 5:00p to 5:30p
    Rosh Hashanah worship for our youngest members! Prayers, stories, songs, and fun to start the new year! Service time and location are tentative. Check back for more information.

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  • Monday ,
    SepSeptember  6 , 2021
    Erev Rosh Hashanah
    Monday, Sep 6th 6:00p to 8:00p
    Erev Rosh Hashanah Service time and location are tentative. Check back for more information.

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  • Tuesday ,
    SepSeptember  7 , 2021
    Rosh Hashanah Family Service
    Tuesday, Sep 7th 8:30a to 9:30a
    Rosh Hashanah Family Service time and location are tentative. Check back for more information.

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  • Tuesday ,
    SepSeptember  7 , 2021
    Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
    Tuesday, Sep 7th 10:30a to 12:30p
    Rosh Hashanah Morning Service time and location are tentative. Check back for more information.

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  • Tuesday ,
    SepSeptember  7 , 2021
    Rosh Hashanah Taschlich
    Tuesday, Sep 7th 12:30p to 1:30p
    Taschlich time and location are tentative. Check back for more information.

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  • Friday ,
    SepSeptember  10 , 2021
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Sep 10th 6:00p to 7:30p
    SHABBAT SHALOM! Gather with us for Shabbat services. We will continue to live stream our worship services on our website and FaceBook, and we will worship toghether, in person, when it is safe to do so.

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  • Wednesday ,
    SepSeptember  15 , 2021
    Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service
    Wednesday, Sep 15th 7:30p to 9:30p
    Kol Nidre service time and place are tentative. Check back for more information.

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  • Thursday ,
    SepSeptember  16 , 2021
    Yom Kippur Family Service
    Thursday, Sep 16th 8:30a to 9:25a
    Yom Kippur Family Service times and locations are tentative. Check back for more information.

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  • Thursday ,
    SepSeptember  16 , 2021
    Yom Kippur Day Services
    Thursday, Sep 16th 10:30a to 6:30p
    Yom Kippur Service times and locations to be announced. Check back for more information.

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  • Friday ,
    SepSeptember  17 , 2021
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Sep 17th 6:00p to 7:30p
    SHABBAT SHALOM! Gather with us for Shabbat services. We will continue to live stream our worship services on our website and FaceBook, and we will worship toghether, in person, when it is safe to do so.

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  • Monday ,
    SepSeptember  20 , 2021
    Erev Sukkot Worship
    Monday, Sep 20th 6:00p to 8:00p
    Check back for details about how to observe Sukkot. All times listed here are tentative.

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