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Judea Reform Religious School 2021/5782: Shevet Anu B'Yachad

We are very excited for our plans for this fall! Throughout this year, we will celebrate our theme: Shevet Anu B’Yachad: We dwell together. This Hebrew phrase is adapted from the song Hinei Mah Tov, from Psalm 133, which states, “How good it is and how pleasant, when people dwell together.” Indeed, how wonderful it is that we get to be together again, to learn, grow, and explore this year. 

Our new Interim Education Director, Rabbi Elisa Koppel (read about her below) has been working hard with the JRC leadership to make plans for this fall.

Religious School Calendar 2021-2022

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B'Yachad: Winter 2022Family & Youth Programming  

B'Yachad: Planting Lots of Seeds for Tu Bishvat 2022

Sunday, January 16, 2022, 9:30am-11:30

Explore the holiday of Tu Bishvat through building, games, and art. Lots of ways to explore our environment to learn about how we can care for it.  And how Judaism helps us know how to plant, not only seeds of physical growth, but also to spread seeds of joy and acceptance throughout the world. Families, join our religious school learning community for a morning of Jewish engagement and fun.

 

 

B'Yachad: Purim Carnival

Sunday, March 13th, 2022 at 9:30 am (More information to come)

 

Previous B'Yachad Programming for RS Families:November/December 2021

B'Yachad: ThanksGIVING

Sunday, November 21,  9:30am--12:30pm  

Religious School Families—we will join together for a variety of activities to explore Thanksgiving and the themes of gratitude and giving.  We will all start of together with our morning t'filah (prayers and singing), after which students will go to class for a shortened period of time; at this time (immediately following t'filah) I'll be meeting with parents to talk more about our plans for the year and to get to know each other. Similar to our September programs, there will be a variety of options to choose how to engage, including a story walk; lego building; coloring; singing; dancing; tzedakah projects; and more.

B'Yachad: LatkeFest  

Sunday, December 5th,  9:30am--12:30pm   

Religious School families--join your religious school students for our LatkeFest celebration for the last day of Chanukah. The morning will include many ways to actively engage in the holiday, with dreidel spinning, singing, building, exploring--of course--latkes! Come for a fun morning of celebration and learning. 

Previous B'Yachad programming for all families September

As we ramp up for Religious School, throughout September (Sundays) we will have many in-person opportunities to "dwell" together as we reconnect, meet one another, and get a taste of re-gathering in our Jewish home.

NOTE: All August & September programming are open to families with children of all ages, including prospective members. Will be OUTSIDE with COVID-safe protocols; sign-ups are required. Sign-up here for September Programming!

 

B'Yachad: Let's Get Ready to Sukkah!

Sunday, September 19 at 9:30am (in-person, Breezeway tent)

Together we will explore Sukkot and create lots and lots of decorations for the Sukkah. There will be music, bubbles, and lots of fun!

B'Yachad: Sundaes on Sunday in the Sukkah

Sunday, September 26 at 9:30am (in-person, Breezeway tent)

Celebrate in the Sukkah with lulav, Etrog and ice cream!  

COVID Safety Protocols: 

  • All programs will be held outdoors.
  • Masks are required 
  • In the event of inclement weather, we will email 2 hours beforehand if we have to cancel.

Important Information About Religious School

A core value of our education program is that all students in the congregation are included in Jewish learning. This means that our school program is designed with the awareness of diversity and different needs, and that we are committed to creating successful learning for all of our students. 

Our awareness of diverse needs and commitment to inclusion means that if your child cannot attend in person, we will work with you to figure out how their Jewish education will continue this year, as part of our community.

  • All of our Kindergarten through 6th Grade religious school students this year will be at JRC from 9:30am to 12:30pm (7th grade continues on Sundays from 9:00 to 10:50am). Kindergarten through 2nd grade curriculum will now include a Hebrew Through Movement component and other specials, including STEM, arts, and kinesthetic activities.
  • Snack will be provided each week to all students (a snack fee is being included with registration). Options will always be provided to accommodate for all known allergies or intolerances in our school community.
  • For 4th-7th grades we will offer optional Hebrew enrichment, once a week, online. Depending on numbers and needs, learning will be via zoom (or other video chat) in either small groups or one-on-one. Keep an eye out for registration for this additive learning opportunity, coming in September. There will be an additional fee for those that opt into this program.
  • In consideration of creating a learning environment that values both safety/security and welcoming/community, all members of our community will wear name tags on Sunday mornings. Gathering and returning name tags each week will be part of our entrance and exit procedure.
  • All Sunday morning classes will include a variety of chugim, specialty activities, including not only music, but also other arts, STEM, cooking, and physical activity.

We want to hear from you! Your ideas, and your children's ideas, are vital to our creating a thriving learning community. Please be in touch with our Director of Education, Rabbi Elisa Koppel at ekoppel@judeareform.org, to tell us about your family, your needs, your thoughts, and to share your input on how we can work together to build a community that fosters learning, growth, and a love of Judaism, as We Dwell Together.

Meet Rabbi Elisa Koppel

Rabbi Elisa Koppel is delighted to join the community at Judea Reform Congregation as Interim Education Director.

Prior to her position at Judea Reform Congregation, she has had diverse experience as a rabbi and educator, including both synagogue and organizational work, with much of that time spent in the world of informal and experiential education. She has spent many summers at Reform Jewish summer camps in a variety of capacities, most recently at URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy.

She also serves as the Networking Vice President for the Women's Rabbinic Network, as well as serving on the Voice Committee for the Association of Reform Jewish Educators.

Rabbi Koppel's passion is education, seeing her role as a rabbi, and as a teacher, to help others of all ages to experience Judaism and to give them the tools they need to create and define their own Judaism.

Read more about Rabbi Koppel here. 

Read Rabbi Soffer's announcement about Rabbi Koppel to the congregation here.

Read Rabbi Koppel's message to our congregation here.

Upcoming School Events

All Events
  • Friday ,
    JanJanuary  28 , 2022
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Jan 28th 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 together in our Levin Social Hall.

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  • Saturday ,
    JanJanuary  29 , 2022
    Shabbat Meditation Group
    Shabbat, Jan 29th 8:00a to 9:00a
    Join Congregant Michael Blackman as he guides a Shabbat mediation session. All experience levels welcome. To access Zoom room, check eNotices or email Allan Friedman.

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  • Saturday ,
    JanJanuary  29 , 2022
    Torah Study with Dr. Laura Lieber
    Shabbat, Jan 29th 9:00a to 10:30a

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  • Saturday ,
    JanJanuary  29 , 2022
    Shabbat Service, Ava Kilmer Bat Mitzvah
    Shabbat, Jan 29th 11:00a to 12:30p

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  • Sunday ,
    JanJanuary  30 , 2022
    Religious School
    Sunday, Jan 30th 9:30a to 12:30p
    For information about our Religious School, contact us at religiousschool@judeareform.org.

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  • Friday ,
    FebFebruary  4 , 2022
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Feb 4th 6:00p to 7:15p
    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 together in our Levin Social Hall.

    MORE INFO

  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  5 , 2022
    Shabbat Meditation Group
    Shabbat, Feb 5th 8:00a to 9:00a
    Join Congregant Michael Blackman as he guides a Shabbat mediation session. All experience levels welcome. To access Zoom room, check eNotices or email Allan Friedman.

    MORE INFO

  • Sunday ,
    FebFebruary  6 , 2022
    Religious School
    Sunday, Feb 6th 9:30a to 12:30p
    For information about our Religious School, contact us at religiousschool@judeareform.org.

    MORE INFO

  • Friday ,
    FebFebruary  11 , 2022
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Feb 11th 6:00p to 7:15p
    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 together in our Levin Social Hall.

    MORE INFO

  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  12 , 2022
    Shabbat Meditation Group
    Shabbat, Feb 12th 8:00a to 9:00a
    Join Congregant Michael Blackman as he guides a Shabbat mediation session. All experience levels welcome. To access Zoom room, check eNotices or email Allan Friedman.

    MORE INFO

  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  12 , 2022
    Shabbat Service, Joaquin Reale-Barja Bar Mitzvah
    Shabbat, Feb 12th 11:00a to 12:30p

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  • Sunday ,
    FebFebruary  13 , 2022
    Religious School
    Sunday, Feb 13th 9:30a to 12:30p
    For information about our Religious School, contact us at religiousschool@judeareform.org.

    MORE INFO

  • Friday ,
    FebFebruary  18 , 2022
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Feb 18th 6:00p to 7:15p
    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 together in our Levin Social Hall.

    MORE INFO

  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  19 , 2022
    Shabbat Meditation Group
    Shabbat, Feb 19th 8:00a to 9:00a
    Join Congregant Michael Blackman as he guides a Shabbat mediation session. All experience levels welcome. To access Zoom room, check eNotices or email Allan Friedman.

    MORE INFO

  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  19 , 2022
    Shabbat Service, Alexander Reiter Bar Mitzvah
    Shabbat, Feb 19th 11:00a to 12:30p

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  • Sunday ,
    FebFebruary  20 , 2022
    NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
    Sunday, Feb 20th 9:30a to 12:30p

    MORE INFO

  • Friday ,
    FebFebruary  25 , 2022
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Feb 25th 6:00p to 7:15p
    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 together in our Levin Social Hall.

    MORE INFO

  • Friday ,
    FebFebruary  25 , 2022
    HOLD for Shabbat Service with Musical Guest Cantor Rosalie Will
    Friday, Feb 25th 6:00p to 7:30p

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  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  26 , 2022
    Shabbat Meditation Group
    Shabbat, Feb 26th 8:00a to 9:00a
    Join Congregant Michael Blackman as he guides a Shabbat mediation session. All experience levels welcome. To access Zoom room, check eNotices or email Allan Friedman.

    MORE INFO

  • Saturday ,
    FebFebruary  26 , 2022
    Shabbat Service, Bruce Bloom Bar Mitzvah
    Shabbat, Feb 26th 11:00a to 12:30p

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  • Sunday ,
    FebFebruary  27 , 2022
    Religious School
    Sunday, Feb 27th 9:30a to 12:30p
    For information about our Religious School, contact us at religiousschool@judeareform.org.

    MORE INFO

  • Friday ,
    MarMarch  4 , 2022
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Mar 4th 6:00p to 7:15p
    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 together in our Levin Social Hall.

    MORE INFO

  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  5 , 2022
    Shabbat Meditation Group
    Shabbat, Mar 5th 8:00a to 9:00a
    Join Congregant Michael Blackman as he guides a Shabbat mediation session. All experience levels welcome. To access Zoom room, check eNotices or email Allan Friedman.

    MORE INFO

  • Sunday ,
    MarMarch  6 , 2022
    Religious School
    Sunday, Mar 6th 9:30a to 12:30p
    For information about our Religious School, contact us at religiousschool@judeareform.org.

    MORE INFO

  • Friday ,
    MarMarch  11 , 2022
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Mar 11th 6:00p to 7:15p
    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 together in our Levin Social Hall.

    MORE INFO

  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  12 , 2022
    Shabbat Meditation Group
    Shabbat, Mar 12th 8:00a to 9:00a
    Join Congregant Michael Blackman as he guides a Shabbat mediation session. All experience levels welcome. To access Zoom room, check eNotices or email Allan Friedman.

    MORE INFO

  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  12 , 2022
    Torah Study with Dr. Laura Lieber
    Shabbat, Mar 12th 9:00a to 10:30a

    MORE INFO

  • Sunday ,
    MarMarch  13 , 2022
    B'YACHAD: Purim Carnival
    Sunday, Mar 13th 9:30a to 12:30p

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  • Wednesday ,
    MarMarch  16 , 2022
    Purim Spiel
    Wednesday, Mar 16th 7:00p to 8:30p
    Check back for details about how to observe Purim. All times listed here are tentative.

    MORE INFO

  • Friday ,
    MarMarch  18 , 2022
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Mar 18th 6:00p to 7:15p
    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 together in our Levin Social Hall.

    MORE INFO

  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  19 , 2022
    Shabbat Meditation Group
    Shabbat, Mar 19th 8:00a to 9:00a
    Join Congregant Michael Blackman as he guides a Shabbat mediation session. All experience levels welcome. To access Zoom room, check eNotices or email Allan Friedman.

    MORE INFO

  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  19 , 2022
    Shabbat Service, Benjamin Lokitz Bar Mitzvah
    Shabbat, Mar 19th 11:00a to 12:30p

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  • Sunday ,
    MarMarch  20 , 2022
    Religious School
    Sunday, Mar 20th 9:30a to 12:30p
    For information about our Religious School, contact us at religiousschool@judeareform.org.

    MORE INFO

  • Friday ,
    MarMarch  25 , 2022
    Shabbat Services
    Friday, Mar 25th 6:00p to 7:15p
    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 together in our Levin Social Hall.

    MORE INFO

  • Saturday ,
    MarMarch  26 , 2022
    Shabbat Meditation Group
    Shabbat, Mar 26th 8:00a to 9:00a
    Join Congregant Michael Blackman as he guides a Shabbat mediation session. All experience levels welcome. To access Zoom room, check eNotices or email Allan Friedman.

    MORE INFO

  • Sunday ,
    MarMarch  27 , 2022
    NO RELIGIOUS SCHOOL
    Sunday, Mar 27th 9:30a to 12:30p

    MORE INFO

 

Thu, January 27 2022 25 Sh'vat 5782