Temple Sholom Trimester Based Learning


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Temple Sholom Trimester Based Learning

  1. 1. Temple Sholom An Alternative Approach to Jewish Learning
  2. 2. Some families… <ul><li>had scheduling concerns and find it difficult to bring their kids every Sunday </li></ul><ul><li>were looking for more interactive, experiential Jewish learning </li></ul><ul><li>were looking for a family option so they could learn along with their children </li></ul><ul><li>were looking to build a community involved in Shabbat and holiday celebrations. </li></ul><ul><li>enjoy the Sunday morning program and don’t want any changes </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introducing The Congregation-Wide Trimester Model, New Religious School Curriculum and Family Track Option
  4. 4. The New Congregation-Wide Trimester Model <ul><li>The whole congregation will now explore the </li></ul><ul><li>same topic at the same time. We are breaking the </li></ul><ul><li>year in to three trimesters with each trimester </li></ul><ul><li>having a different topic. </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2010-11 Trimester 1 September - November <ul><li>Genesis </li></ul><ul><li>The Book of Genesis takes us from the creation of </li></ul><ul><li>the world through the birth of the Jewish faith. </li></ul><ul><li>The people who move our story forward teach us </li></ul><ul><li>what it means to be human and to live in </li></ul><ul><li>relationship with the Divine. Together we will </li></ul><ul><li>explore their stories, read the commentaries </li></ul><ul><li>created by the rabbis of old, and add our voice to this </li></ul><ul><li>sacred text. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>The Biblical World </li></ul><ul><li>The first 2,000 years of Jewish history holds the </li></ul><ul><li>stories of our Patriarchs, Prophets and Kings. </li></ul><ul><li>Together we will explore how a religion that </li></ul><ul><li>started in the deserts and mountains halfway </li></ul><ul><li>across the world, became a basis for Western </li></ul><ul><li>Civilization. </li></ul>2010-11 Trimester 2 December-February
  7. 7. <ul><li>Holiness and Views of God </li></ul><ul><li>Holiness is the idea that we have a special </li></ul><ul><li>relationship with God. We see God in many </li></ul><ul><li>ways and how we acknowledge the Divine tells </li></ul><ul><li>us how to treat other people and act in the </li></ul><ul><li>world. During this trimester we will explore </li></ul><ul><li>Jewish concepts of God and how they impact </li></ul><ul><li>our beliefs and our actions. </li></ul>2010-11 Trimester 3 March-May
  8. 8. The Four Year Curriculum Holiness in time the Jewish calendar Modern Judaism The State of Israel and Reform Judaism The Book of Writings Year 4 Holiness in our Actions Tikkun Olam and Jewish Ethics Medieval History Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy Year 3 Holiness marking time Lifecycle, daily cycles The Rabbinic Period Pirke Avot and The Talmud Exodus Year 2 Holiness and Jewish Ideas of God Biblical History The Book of Prophets Genesis Year 1 Trimester 3 God Bringing holiness in to our lives Trimester 2 Israel The history of the Jewish people Trimester 1 Torah Our Sacred Text
  9. 9. Tuesday Hebrew School will stay the same in the new model
  10. 10. New Sunday Morning Religious School Curriculum
  11. 11. Sunday Morning Program In general structure, our Sunday morning program will not change at all.
  12. 12. Classes for grades K-7 will continue to meet on Sunday mornings, following the SP/F School schedule.
  13. 13. Students will continue to enjoy art, music and dance
  14. 14. Special events, such as <ul><li>Holiday celebrations </li></ul><ul><li>Parshat HaShavua (weekly Torah portions) Parties </li></ul><ul><li>Congregational Education Day </li></ul><ul><li>Family Trip Day </li></ul><ul><li>Family Mitzvah Day </li></ul><ul><li>will continue to be part of the Sunday Morning experience. </li></ul>
  15. 15. The changes in the Sunday program will be curriculum based
  16. 16. <ul><li>The Sunday Morning Religious School program will follow the same trimester schedule as the rest of the congregation. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>During the </li></ul><ul><li>eight Sunday morning sessions </li></ul><ul><li>and one Congregational Education Day each trimester, </li></ul><ul><li>students will explore the </li></ul><ul><li>Congregation-Wide trimester theme </li></ul><ul><li>in age appropriate programming. </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>The Biblical World </li></ul><ul><li>The first 2,000 years of Jewish history holds the stories of our Patriarchs, Prophets and Kings. </li></ul><ul><li>Together we will explore how a religion that </li></ul><ul><li>started in the deserts and mountains halfway </li></ul><ul><li>across the world, became a basis for Western </li></ul><ul><li>Civilization. </li></ul>2010-11 Trimester 2 December-February
  19. 19. Your choice for how your family learns
  20. 20. <ul><li>Each trimester of the school year, families with K-7 th grade students now can choose to have their children </li></ul><ul><ul><li>attend the standard aged based Sunday morning program for the entire year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-or - </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take a one trimester break from traditional classroom learning on Sunday mornings and participate as a family in the family track </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Both programs, regardless of grade, cover the Congregational-Wide trimester topic
  22. 22. The Family Track Program
  23. 23. The Family Track <ul><li>During each trimester a “family track” program will be offered. </li></ul><ul><li>Families can choose, instead of having their children participate in the Sunday Morning Religious School Program to take a trimester and participate as a family in the Family Track. </li></ul><ul><li>Children taking part in the Family Track will NOT attend the Sunday morning program for that trimester. </li></ul><ul><li>The Family Based Option will cover the same trimester topic as the Sunday morning option – just in a different way. </li></ul><ul><li>Families can participate in the family track ONCE during the 10-11 School Year. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Families taking part in the family track trimester will: <ul><li>Attend ONE congregational education Day </li></ul><ul><li>Attend THREE Saturday afternoon Shabbat Havdalah programs </li></ul><ul><li>Attend THREE Worship Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Complete THREE HOURS of Self-Led Family Experiences </li></ul>
  25. 25. Sample Family Track Trimester 2010-11 1 st Trimester (Sept-Nov) Genesis
  26. 26. Attend ONE Congregational Education Day
  27. 27. Attend THREE Family Track Shabbat Learning Experiences Includes learning time, potluck dinner and Havdalah Saturday afternoons 4-7pm
  28. 28. Choose THREE Worship Experiences Choose three Shabbat or Holiday celebrations
  29. 29. Choose THREE HOURS of Self-Led Family Experiences
  30. 30. Temple Sholom… giving you choices on how your family learns