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Groups (Kevutzot) 2017-2018

Kevutzah (Group) Information By Age

For Infants Through 36 Month-Old Children and Their Grown-Ups:

שָׁלוֹם חֲבֵרִים  Shalom Chaverim (“Welcome, Friends”)

Shalom Chaverim children come on Sunday mornings and attend with a grown-up.

  • Sundays 9:00-11:45 AM

Description: Stories, singing, arts, playing, and more. Our youngest children explore Judaism through the textures, sounds, sights, smells, and rhythms of the Jewish year. Shalom Chaverim meets on Sundays only. Families may join in communal singing and prayer at 11:25 AM.

For Nursery 3 and Pre-K Children:

שׁוֹרָשִׁים  Shorashim (“Roots”)

Families with a nursery Shorashim child may enroll for any number of days, any days of the week.

  • Sunday: 9:00 AM-11:45
  • Monday: 2:00-5:45
  • Tuesday: 2:00-5:45
  • Wednesday: 1:00-5:45
  • Thursday: 2:00-5:45

Description: Shorashim children explore Judaism and Hebrew language through play, creative arts, music, construction, science, stories, games, and more. Long-term projects developed from children’s interests let Shorashim children express their own ideas about Torah and community. Shorashim children may attend one or more sessions weekly. Shorashim children use the toilet with minimal assistance and attend class without their grown-ups.

For Kindergarten and First Grade Children

נִיצָנִים  Nitzanim (“Buds”)

Families with a Nitzanim child enroll for at least one A and at least one B day. Families may enroll for any additional days as long as they have already enrolled for at least one A and one B day.

A Days: Sunday and Monday

B Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

  • Sunday (A): 9:00 AM-11:45
  • Monday (A): 2:00-5:45
  • Tuesday (B): 2:00-5:45
  • Wednesday (B): 1:00-5:45
  • Thursday (B): 2:00-5:45

Description: Nitzanim children develop Jewish literacy through long-term, project-based exploration of Jewish ideas and Hebrew language. Nitzanim express themselves through art, drama, spoken word, and writing, and build listening, thinking, and questioning skills while learning to value multiple perspectives. Nitzanim also offers a more structured introduction to Hebrew language and writing for children who are ready. Nitzanim children attend two or more sessions weekly.

For Second, Third, and Fourth Grade Children 

עֲנָפִים  Anafim (“Branches”)

Families with an Anafim child may choose one of the options below.

Option 1: Sunday and Wednesday

Option 2: Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Option 3: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday

Option 4: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday

  • Sunday: 9:00 AM-11:45
  • Monday: 3:00-5:45
  • Tuesday: 3:00-5:45
  • Wednesday: 2:00-5:45
  • Thursday: 3:00-5:45

Description: Anafim children continue to acquire foundational Jewish literacy through longterm, project-based learning, with greater independence and choice in projects and materials. Anafim children explore personal connections with Judaism and Jewish community while focusing on skills for text interpretation and community dialogue. Hebrew language learning in Anafim supports deeper engagement with text and each other.

For Fifth Grade Children

אַלּוֹנִים Alonim (“Oak Trees”)

*See below for a note about Alonim schedule for 2017-2018.

Description: Alonim children continue to develop foundational Jewish literacy while grappling with a broader range of texts and historical information. Children experience more choice in their projects. Alonim children are familiar with chavrutah (partner text study), and use the process comfortably to explore their own relationship with Judaism. Alonim children decode Hebrew with ease, and children work on reading fluency and on grammatical principles for translation. A major focus of the Alonim Hebrew curriculum is Jewish prayer and the structure of Jewish prayer services.

For Sixth and Seventh Grade Children

מַדְרִיכִים Madrichim (“Leaders”)

*See below for a note about the Middle School schedule for 2017-2018.

Description: Middle school children engage in Jewish learning on topics relevant to preteen and early teen development, and enjoy greater choice in the focus of their Hebrew learning. A weekly Middle School Workshop lets middle schoolers explore ideas that interest them in Judaism through personal, long-term projects. Some middle schoolers focus on their B-Mitzvah Torah portion in Middle School Workshop, offering them a chance to explore their Torah portion in-depth, Enrichment Center-style. An optional Madrichim program teaches middle schoolers skills for leading creative, dynamic Jewish life, through weekly leadership training and as assistants in younger children’s groups.

*Alonim/Middle School Schedule for 2017-2018

In recognition of the even more packed schedule of a middle schooler (as if it’s even possible), the Jewish Enrichment Center 5th – 7th grades will have an evening session available on one evening/week, in addition to two session days. That is, we’ll still require attendance of a minimum of two sessions/week, but one option will be in the evening. We’ll choose our session days based on parent feedback. Email us at jewish.enrichment.center@gmail.com with input and questions about the Alonim/Middle School program for the 2017-2018 school year.

What is chavrutah (partner text study)? (For 1st-7th Grade Children)

Chavrutah literally means “partner,” but describes the relationship between two individuals who study and explore Jewish text together, with the text serving as third partner in this relationship. The role of a chavrutah (study partner) is to challenge his or her partner to consider new perspectives and deepen understanding of the text and each other. At the Jewish Enrichment Center, children use the chavrutah format to wrestle with Jewish text and explore self, peer, Judaism, and the world, while simultaneously practicing skills for dialogue and synthesis of ideas. Through chavrutah, children begin to take ownership of Jewish texts, and know their own voice to play an important role in Judaism and Jewish community.


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