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OUR MISSION & EDUCATION PLAN

Welcome to Scarsdale Synagogue's Religious School!

2021 Jewish Education Plan

(NOTE: you must be logged into your account to register.  If you are not a member yet and are interested in registering for our program, please send us an email.)

Values

What distinguishes Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El is that it is a warm, inclusive community. While many places may use this language, our synagogue’s actions consistently reflect these values. This plan is designed to be aligned with Jewish values, with creative and relevant content in a safe and flexible format. Children and parents will be able to learn about Judaism, celebrate their Jewish lives, and form and maintain meaningful relationships. Elements of the program will be unique to this year, but all that we have learned from this process will guide us this year and in future years, including an innovative, flexible approach aligned with our core values. Our program will be high quality, flexible, individualized Jewish education in the context of a caring community.

Content and Format

Sunday Learning as a Whole School Community In Person:

Pre-K - Grade 7

Overview

Students will be in person, at the synagogue from 9:00-11:00 a.m. From 9:00-10:30 a.m., the day will begin with appropriate grade-level learning with their regular “homeroom” teachers. 

Pre - K

Our earliest learners meet once a month on Sunday mornings from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Together, they explore "My Jewish Year" through storytelling, arts and crafts, movement and dance, and music. Students are also introduced to G'milut Chasadim (Acts of Loving Kindness) through exploring our relationship to the Earth, animals, and our family and friends. 

This FREE class is a friendly, fun and warm introduction to our Religious School experience and to learning about the beauty and wisdom of the Jewish tradition.  One does not need to be a member of Scarsdale Synagogue to participate in our monthly Pre-K program.

Kindergarten - 6th Grade

With their peers, the students will be engaging in a spiraling Judaic curriculum. Topics for all Grades K - Grade 6 will include: holidays, the synagogue, ritual, life cycles, prayer, world Jewry and history. Also, during this time the students will learn with various rotating specialists in art, music, Israel education, and special guests including our wonderful clergy.

Hebrew K - 3rd Grade

Children in grades K - 3 will learn Hebrew words through an innovative Hebrew Through Movement curriculum on Sundays.

7th Grade Holocaust/Israel Curriculum

Instead of the spiraling curriculum, 7th Graders will continue to study the history of anti-semitism, the Holocaust, immigration and the birth of the nation of Israel. Please note 7th grade has moved to Sunday mornings.

B’nai mitzvah program for our 6th and 7th grade families

In addition to individual bar and bat mitzvah tutoring, we are excited to continue our b’nai mitzvah program for our 6th and 7th grade families with the clergy through an organization called Moving Traditions. There will be four programs offered virtually throughout the year for each of these grades, in addition to two family sessions.

Kehillah

At 10:30 a.m., all grades will attend Kehilah in two separate age appropriate groups. The focus of Kehilah this year will be prayer literacy. We will examine various prayers such as the Shema and the Barechu. We will explore these prayers through various creative methodologies, including art, drama, stories and music.

Weekday Hebrew Learning for Grades 4 - 7

Hebrew learning for Grades 4 - 7 will be flexible and in small groups. Teachers and madrichim will meet with small groups for individualized Hebrew learning at a time that works for you, 30 minutes/week between 4 - 6 p.m. In addition, students will check in with their teachers individually once/week to ask questions and make sure they are on track. This can be done by sending a recording or through a one-on-one phone call. Recordings and explanations of prayers that children need to learn to help lead services will be created by Cantor Becker and housed on our YouTube channel. 

Family Opportunities

We will have several opportunities for families to come together for special Shabbat evening services and holiday celebrations during the year. More information to follow.  

Confirmation Class

Our Confirmation program is taught primarily by Rabbi Brown and addresses the question, "What does it mean to live a progressive Jewish life in the 21st century?" This class offers tools for personal choices that make Judaism meaningful and relevant in a teenager's daily life. Themes explored include God, Jewish Ethics, Anti-Semitism, and Israel.

Confirmation meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:45- 7:45 p.m. (pizza dinner 6:15-6:45 p.m.).

L’taken Social Justrice Trip
January 7-10, 2022

All confirmands will have an opportunity to take a trip to the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington D.C. to engage in a program called L’Taken. L'Taken is a transformational 4-day weekend focused on Jewish values, tikkun olam (healing the world), and public policy. The program exposes high school students to a variety of public policy issues, guides them to explore the Jewish values surrounding these issues and teaches them the skills to be an effective social justice advocate. The weekend culminates with meetings on Capitol Hill. Your teens will have the opportunity to speak truth to power as they share their views on social justice topics with leaders on Capitol Hill. While exploring Washington, D.C., teens build and strengthen their congregational community and experience their own individual capacity to create change.

Our 10th Graders will travel with Rabbi Gold (by train or bus) to D.C. on Friday morning and return (by train or bus) to Westchester on Monday evening.

Madrichim Leadership Training Program*

Students who have completed bar/bat mitzvah are invited to apply to this special program. Madrichim will help out in Sunday classes from 9 - 10:30 a.m.From 10:30-11:30 a.m.madrichim will attend a leadership program led by members of the senior staff. We will be using an innovative curriculum developed by Moving Traditions, called Kulam. Topics will include identity, self-care, navigating family relationships, racial Justice/Anti-Racism, antisemitism, Israel, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. Madrichim will also have a safe space for self-care and wellness discussions and learning coping strategies with trained professionals. High schoolers from Grades 8 - 12 can apply for this program. Grade 8 students will be Madrichim In Training and students from Grade 9 will be paid for their work hours. If your child is interested in the madrichim program, please register them below, and Jody will be in touch regarding placement.

*Please note that Madrichim will meet an extra half hour every Sunday.

Sunday Sample Schedule

* Pre-K is free and meets once a month

**Grade 10 attendance is optional for this class but students will attend confirmation on Wednesday evenings with Rabbi Brown

 

Fri, September 17 2021 11 Tishrei 5782