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JRC Religious School COVID-19 Update:

March 20, 2020

Dear Religious School Families,
 
I write to you, above all, with the hope that your family is healthy and well.  I know these are difficult times, and as your family creates a new pathway forward, I hope you are able to find moments for self-care and life-affirming activities. As you are establishing new routines and meaningful experiences for your children, our JRC Religious School team is working to create new ways for our students and families to engage in Jewish learning, in the absence of being able to gather physically.
 
Our new program will involve mostly asynchronous methods of engagement. By "asynchronous" I mean that students will engage in learning on their time, with contentsent to them by their teachers. I made this decision intentionally, knowing that a time-bound obligation adds to the stress of your week. By doing asynchronous learning students will be able to integrate this learning into your new calendar.
 
We will also be encouraging your families to engage in synchronous methods (opportunities to learn together at a specific time) for living Judaism, and this will include things like Singalong with Zemer Allan, Q&A with the Rabbi. Storytime with Rena, and Grade Level Meet Ups.
 
How will it work?
Each Sunday (beginning next week) teachers will send a Choice Board to their grade (this model may be familiar to some of you in the public schools). It has three categories – Torah, Avodah, and G’milut Chasadim. Within each category the teacher will give two options for activities – watch a video, read a story, practice a Hebrew passage – things to help continue building your child’s Jewish learning.
 
Some of the activities may require adult help. Some of 4th-6th grade activities will require that they do work to send completed assignments back to the teachers.
  
These are complicated times. We hope that maintaining your family’s connection to Judea Reform will provide spiritual nourishment and at times even fun, making the very most of this alternative learning experience.
 
Please be in touch with me about how this learning is going. We are in this together, learning as we co-create our Jewish community--apart but together-- and will make adjustments along the way to make this program the best it can be.
 
Shabbat Shalom!
 
With appreciation for your continued partnership,
Rena

 


 

JRC Religious School: Vision

Each child will emerge from the Judea Reform Congregation Religious School and youth/teen programs as an engaged, knowledgeable, and committed Reform Jew.

  • Jewish values and Jewish teachings help our students make important life decisions
  • Social Justice is woven into the fabric of their lives
  • Judea Reform Congregation—comprised of peers, teachers, and community members—form the foundation of our students’ Jewish community
  • Our students feel a sense of belonging to the Jewish people around the world
  • Our students celebrate the diversity of Jewish spiritual, cultural, and social expression

Our Mission:

Judea Reform Congregation’s Religious School is committed to providing a sacred, safe, and inclusive learning environment. Students explore and develop their relationship with Reform Jewish values, ideals, actions, and ethics according to their individual abilities.

We offer engaging, exciting, and enjoyable activities for our students and teachers to learn from one another. We cultivate life-long relationships within our classrooms. We facilitate meaningful connections between our youngest and oldest members of our community. We weave social justice into everything.

Our Principles:

We teach our students to celebrate religious and social diversity.

Our students learn to have a positive impact on the world.

Our students learn alongside their parents and participate in congregational activities.

We facilitate inter-generational learning opportunities.

We encourage our teachers to also learn from our students.

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
  • Friday ,
    JulJuly  10 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Jul 10th 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  10 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat Service & Ezra O'Mansky Bar Mitzvah
    Friday, Jul 10th 6:00p to 7:30p

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  • Friday ,
    JulJuly  17 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Jul 17th 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  24 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Jul 24th 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  31 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Jul 31st 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 ,
    AugAugust  7 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Aug 7th 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 ,
    AugAugust  14 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Aug 14th 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 ,
    AugAugust  21 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Aug 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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  • Friday ,
    AugAugust  21 , 2020
    VIRTUAL Shabbat Service, Elijah Foster Bar Mitzvah
    Friday, Aug 21st 6:00p to 7:00p

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  • Friday ,
    AugAugust  28 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Aug 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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  • Saturday ,
    AugAugust  29 , 2020
    Shabbat Afternoon Service, Simon Schreiber Bar Mitzvah
    Shabbat, Aug 29th 5:00p to 6:30p

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  • Friday ,
    SepSeptember  4 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Sep 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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  • Friday ,
    SepSeptember  4 , 2020
    VIRTUAL Shabbat Service, Chance Biehn Bar Mitzvah
    Friday, Sep 4th 6:00p to 7:30p

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  • Saturday ,
    SepSeptember  5 , 2020
    Shabbat Morning Service, Melinda Nelkin Bat Mitzvah
    Shabbat, Sep 5th 11:00a to 12:30p

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  • Monday ,
    SepSeptember  7 , 2020
    OFFICE CLOSED
    Monday, Sep 7th (All day)

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  • Friday ,
    SepSeptember  11 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Sep 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 ,
    SepSeptember  18 , 2020
    OFFICE CLOSES AT NOON
    Friday, Sep 18th (All day)

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  • Friday ,
    SepSeptember  18 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Erev Rosh HaShanah Services for Families with Young Children (aged 0-6)
    Friday, Sep 18th 5:00p to 6:00p

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  • Friday ,
    SepSeptember  18 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Erev Rosh HaShanah Congregational & Shabbat Services
    Friday, Sep 18th 6:00p to 8:00p

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  • Saturday ,
    SepSeptember  19 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Rosh HaShanah Services for Families with Children aged 6-11
    Shabbat, Sep 19th 9:00a to 10:00a

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  • Saturday ,
    SepSeptember  19 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Rosh HaShanah Congregational Services
    Shabbat, Sep 19th 10:00a to 12:00p

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  • Friday ,
    SepSeptember  25 , 2020
    OFFICE CLOSES AT NOON
    Friday, Sep 25th (All day)

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  • Friday ,
    SepSeptember  25 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Sep 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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  • Sunday ,
    SepSeptember  27 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Kol Nidre Services for Families with Young Children (aged 0-6)
    Sunday, Sep 27th 5:00p to 6:00p

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  • Sunday ,
    SepSeptember  27 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Kol Nidre Congregational Services
    Sunday, Sep 27th 7:30p to 9:00p

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  • Monday ,
    SepSeptember  28 , 2020
    OFFICE CLOSED
    Monday, Sep 28th (All day)

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  • Monday ,
    SepSeptember  28 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Yom Kippur Services for Families with Young Children (aged 0-6)
    Monday, Sep 28th 9:00a to 10:00a

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  • Monday ,
    SepSeptember  28 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Yom Kippur Congregational Services
    Monday, Sep 28th 10:00a to 12:00p

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  • Monday ,
    SepSeptember  28 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Yom Kippur Healing Service
    Monday, Sep 28th 1:00p to 2:00p

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  • Monday ,
    SepSeptember  28 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Afternoon, Yizkor, and Ne’ilah Services
    Monday, Sep 28th 2:00p to 5:00p

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  • Friday ,
    OctOctober  2 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Erev Sukkot & Shabbat Services
    Friday, Oct 2nd 6:00p to 7:00p

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  • Friday ,
    OctOctober  9 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Erev Simchat Torah & Shabbat Services
    Friday, Oct 9th 6:00p to 7:00p

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  • Saturday ,
    OctOctober  10 , 2020
    Shabbat Morning Service and Luncheon
    Shabbat, Oct 10th 11:00a to 12:30p
    In addition to weekly Friday night Shabbat services, Judea Reform offers a monthly Saturday Morning Shabbat Service and Luncheon. Services are warm and welcoming, as they are on Friday nights, and are characterized by plenty of interaction and discussion. Following services, make your way to the Levin Social Hall for a shared meal provided by JRC, attended by members new and old and often frequented by students from the 7th grade Darchei Mitzvah class. For more information about attending or volunteering, contact Saturday Shabbat Program Coordinator Megan Valentine at mvalentine@hvrc.org.

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  • Friday ,
    OctOctober  16 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Oct 16th 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 ,
    OctOctober  16 , 2020
    VIRTUAL Shabbat Service, Caroline Kaye Bat Mitzvah & Jack Fishkin Bar Mitzvah
    Friday, Oct 16th 6:00p to 6:30p

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  • Friday ,
    OctOctober  23 , 2020
    VIRTUAL: Shabbat 1-2-3
    Friday, Oct 23rd 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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