Calendar at a Glance
Shir Tikvah values meaningful Jewish education for our children. Religious School is held on Sunday mornings during the school year.
Religious School is a learning laboratory of Jewish text and tradition. Held on Sunday mornings from September to May, students build powerful relationships with their age-cohort as they explore Torah, holidays, life-cycle rituals, God, Israel, ethics, and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). Teens serve as Madrichim, learning guides, working as classroom helpers and role models, reflecting our belief that we can learn from each other.. Learning comes alive at Shir Tikvah!
Religious School classes are held Sunday mornings from September to May, convening at 9:30 am and meeting until 11:30 am.
What's Happening in Religious School?
I started off the session today with a mid-year evaluation. It basically asked what have they taken away form our lessons on Jewish Values and Jewish Life Cycle events. Not surprisingly, the number one learning for the girls is that they are technically allowed to be a bat mitzvah at age 12 1/2 and boys at 13. Why? Because they mature faster. They love this.
Today, we finished up a few week session on the Jewish value of emet (truth). It will be interesting to hear if any of your kids discuss this with you. We discussed the three Jewish aspects of truth (with yourself, with others, with God or Spirit). To say that I was impressed with how well the kids did with the material is a huge understatement. When we broke into groups and each group took on a different scenario and how they would handle it, pearls of wisdom came in droves.
We will be moving into learning about the Jewish life cycle events of dating and marriage next. I'm sure the students will have a lot to say about these subjects.
This morning, students were introduced to Theodore Herzl and his vision of creating a Jewish State.
We opened the lesson with his famous quote: "If you will it, it is no dream!"
Students discussed the quote in small groups and presented an interpretation of the quote fo the rest of the group.
We learned about
1. Herzl's dream of a homeland especially after his upset over the Dreyfus Affair ( an anti-semitic incident in France in which a French Jewish army captain was falsely convicted of spying for Germany).
2. Herzl's role as founder of modern political Zionism
3. The definition of Zionism
We moved on to look at the flag of Israel. We examined its symbolism and then as a group, we decided to create our own flags for Israel as if Israel were still Palestine and the idea of a Jewish homeland seemed far off and even impossible.
I am including the flags as attached docs with this email and I encourage you to expand the photos and to read the reasons each group chose the drawings for each flag. The names of group participants are listed on each one so you will be able to recognize the thoughts of your child.
Please take into account that children are learning about famous thinkers and pioneers. Vocabulary such as Zionism and Jewish State are used in the context of early visionaries and dreamers. We do not discuss modern political issues or complexities around this topic.