JEWISH LEARNING CENTER
JLC PRE K – 6TH GRADE
SUNDAYS, 9:30AM – 12:30PM
This year, JLC has adopted the theme of community. Throughout all of our activities we will focus on what makes our community at Temple Beth El special. Through the incorporation of electives, our students will participate in cultural enrichment that will enhance their learning environment. In trimester tracks, students will choose three activities like sports, gardening, cooking, dance, creative writing, debate, and choir/band. We will continue to create a safe, nurturing atmosphere that our students, parents, and staff never want to leave.
PRE K – 1ST GRADE
Our youngest learners will focus their studies on our holidays, including the best one that happens every week—Shabbat! We will plant trees for Tu B’shevat, create our own Challah covers for Shabbat, and sing all the songs that make our heart happy. We will also work on our Hebrew letter scrap book to lay the foundation for our Hebrew learning, learn the prayers that we will say for our entire lives like the Shema and HaMotzi.
This is the year to learn the lessons that Torah teaches. Each week, we will investigate our fore parents like Adam and Eve and Abraham and Sarah to try to apply their good values into our own lives. We will create our own Living Torah that will remind us to find the good in every situation. Hebrew this year will reinforce our letters while adding our vowels to make fun sounds.
Our focus in the Third Grade is Jewish Identity. We will be exploring all those things that make us Jewish, all while applying those concepts to our lives. It’s not just opening a book a reading about honoring our parents; it is going home and helping out around the house and being polite. Our Hebrew learning will work on our foundational language acquisition, adding more prayers and words into our knowledge base. At the end of the year, we will design a Siddur cover and at one of our special JLC Shabbats, we will be presented with our very own Mishkan T’Filah (prayer book) that we will use on the day of our Bar or Bat Mitzvah.
This year’s Fourth Graders will explore the many, many ways Jews perform Mitzvot. After reading about them, our students will learn by hands-on activities that give back to our community as well as the community around us. We will take an in-depth look at the ways we can incorporate good deeds in everyday life. We hope to take the lead at the JLC in our service learning and hopefully make a bigger contribution to our synagogue wide Mitzvah Day. Our Hebrew studies will work toward learning our prayers and showing off our skills at our JLC Shabbats.
Our older learners will be focusing on Tikkun Olam, repairing our world. They will learn about our responsibility to be good to our planet and all the things that Torah teaches us to preserve what we have. For our Shabbats on the Beach, our Fifth graders will lead the charge to clean up our environment and leave our spaces cleaner than the way we found them. They will be our leaders at our Tu B’shevat seder and teach all of us about the responsibility to preserve. By this year, our Hebrew will focus more on our prayers and feeling comfortable leading them during T’filah on Sundays and even for our Shabbats together.
As our learners mature into young men and women, we will spend our year exploring morals and ethics that reinforce our strong Jewish values. Each week, our students will explore a scenario, discuss the Talmudic view, and then share our opinions. We will rise to the occasion of being the oldest learners on our Sundays, and shape ourselves into the leaders we are meant to be. Whether it’s reading to our youngest students, or learning about the Holocaust from a survivor, our Sixth graders will rise above adolescence and approach each experience with poise and humility. For our Hebrew learning, we will continue working on our prayers, continue to lead T’filah on Sundays as well as on Shabbat, and we will end the year, fully capable and prepared to become Bar or Bat Mitzvah in the following year ahead.
TEEN TUESDAYS (GRADES 7 – 12)
TUESDAYS, 5:30PM – 7:30PM
This is a night where our pre-teens and teens can get together to eat, hang out, and learn some things in an informal, laid back setting. Our evening will commence with an amazing youth group activity that our Orly will facilitate, and then we’ll eat. Then our curriculum will be entirely student driven, where our kids will choose what they wish to discover. Anything from spirituality to hot topics like the Israeli/Palestinian conflict will be on the table for discussion. We may invite guest speakers to assist us in our exploration of Jewish Identity. If our students wish to connect with nursing home residents, we will. In addition to this all, our Seventh graders will continue their Bar/t Mitzvah preparation as well as dissect their Torah portions’ meanings.