Youth and Family Programs
- As a community we want to help educate our youth about Jewish life, and one of the ways of doing this is through our Hagiga education program for school age youth. Hagiga is for both day school and non day school kids from kindergarten through 12th grade. It takes place on the first and third Shabbats of each month and focuses on experiential learning and building a love of Judaism in the next generation.
- Also on the first and third Shabbats of the month, for the youngest members of our community, pre-kindergarten and younger, we have babysitting and a fun activity called Tot Shabbat.
- We also have Shabbat Kehillah — intergenerational programming on the fourth Shabbat of the month (and babysitting as needed).
- Children participate in some Shabbat services, to give them an idea of what the service is like.
- To welcome our first graders into learning with our community, we hold a Haggigat Limud (celebration of learning) each year on Tu B’Shevat. This year we will hold our first Senior Siyum in June to honor our graduating seniors.
- Outside of our Shabbat programs we have many opportunities including multi-generational retreats. We feel that it is very important that our youth and our adult communities feel connected, and the retreats provide an ideal social and educational setting.
- Bar or Bat Mitzvah at Kol HaLev is a series of experiences, many as part of a Cohort Group that meets regularly with Rabbi Steve. It helps our children (and often their parents too) prepare spiritually and mentally for the upcoming passage. Members who have been through the process are available for Bar/Bat Mitzvah event advice, and each cohort works together to provide volunteer support during the events.
- For children who need it, we offer a Hebrew tutoring program under our Education Director's supervision. This is paid for separately by the parents. Group or individual tutoring can be arranged. Torah trope tutoring is available on the same basis for b’nai mitzvah students.
- Our celebrations of holidays such as Purim, Sukkot and Simchat Torah are multi-generational or include youth programming. Our High Holy Days include special programs for children and youth.
- Families of elementary youth also work together to provide occasional school-age social programming for kids and their families. Teens have youth group activities: Shoreshim for grades 6-8 and Nachal for grades 9-12.
- Children 6th grade and older are included in the national Reconstructionist youth group No'ar Hadash. This includes going to regional and national Kallot (retreats) and camperships to Camp JRF. The youth group and camp are ways to build a love of Judaism and Reconstructionism, and at the same time forge friendships that can last a lifetime.
- As Reconstructionists we encourage the participation of past Bar/Bat Mitzvah as members of our community. They help lead services and read from the Torah, help in Hagiga, join in our holiday celebrations and our Tikkun Olam work, and even serve on our Youth and Family Education Committee. Such experiences can help guide their Jewish lives.
For more information, read this PDF:
PRINCIPLES GOVERNING OUR EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING
|BarBat Mitzvah Annual Checklist 2016-2017.pdf||457.93 KB|
|Nesiya Enrollment Form 2016.pdf||181.92 KB|
|YFE Calendar 2016-2017.pdf||125.94 KB|
|welcome letter 2016.pdf||130.31 KB|
|Hagiga Enrollment Form 2016-2017.pdf||121.71 KB|
|Hagiga Handbook 5777.pdf||682.2 KB|