Project Kulanu/Religious School Program for 2018-2019
Over the last year and a half, the Bet Torah Religious School has embarked on a journey we’ve named Project Kulanu to define the vision and values of the Religious School and ensure the Religious School reflects the needs of our families today and in the future.
To implement our values, we will be shifting time by trading some traditional classroom time for time during which families can enact Jewish learning and values in their lives.
The key shifts are focused on three main areas: Celebration, Community and Weekly Learning and have been designed to accomplish the following:
- Shifting time together to more shared sacred time together
- Involving parents as learners and partners in the experience
- Creating a path for Jewish learning to lead to Jewish living
- Inserting more flexibility and choice for families
- Intentionally strengthening relationships and friendships for students and families/adults
The biggest change will be a shifting of classroom time for the Hey (5) and Vav (6) students, as well as the introduction of a new Shabbat Kulanu program for Gan through Vav students and families that will occur the first Saturday morning of each month. With Shabbat Kulanu, our goal is to bring families together on Shabbat to Bet Torah. Programming will include: Tefillah (prayer) and learning experiences for different aged children, an opportunity for adults to explore prayers, an inviting environment for all to join in our community kiddush and, of course, a time for anyone to participate in the main Shabbat Services.
We hope that these changes enable families to continue to explore how Bet Torah can support their Jewish journeys, such as Shabbat, community holiday celebrations, social action initiatives and adult learning.
Earlier this summer, The Bet Torah Religious School launched a new initiative called Project Kulanu.
Project Kulanu, (Kulanu means ‘all together’ in Hebrew) was developed to ensure that our Religious School program represents the holistic values and needs of our families today and in the future. A committee of religious school parents have volunteered to support the program, and we have partnered with the Jewish Education Project, a proven leader in Jewish education programming, to help us identify best practices.
A core piece of the program is to gather community feedback and representative viewpoints that may shape new programs and ideas. The first phase of the research is currently underway.
While Project Kulanu has officially just launched, Gina, our staff and the Board of Education have been working since the beginning of last school year to innovate and implement new programs based on new learning models. We are excited about expanding these new initiatives while continuing to build upon the things that make our school such a special and unique place to learn Jewish values.
Stay tuned for more updates from Project Kulanu throughout the 2017-2018 school year. For any additional questions, or to offer your own input and perspective, please contact Amy Horowitz, Ari Kellner or Gina Fass at [email protected]