Experiential Learning

Our curriculum extends beyond the core classroom components. In order to encourage students and their families to carry Jewish practice from the classrooms into their homes and their daily lives, we enhance our core curriculum with a wide range of enrichment programs.

Project Based Learning – Spring 2017

Working on our projects

Students will be learning in multi-aged Havurot (teams) to produce an artifact that we will share with the community at the end of the education year.  Over the second half of the year students will work with teacher-guides and teen madrichim (counselors) to address a specific need or question as it relates to Judaism.  In the process they will engage in creative expeditionary learning, using technology and digital media where appropriate  to explore, investigate, collaborate and communicate key Jewish concepts.

Family Learning

Justin's family

Family learning is a critical element in our curriculum. By presenting opportunities for parents and children to learn with and from each other we enhance Jewish learning.  Through Beth El’s Family Learning Programs parents and children explore Jewish identity together, through their own family history and stories, and using a unique curriculum geared to Jewish family life and concepts. family Ed family photoParents have the opportunity to learn as an adult community and then parents and children learn together, encouraging discussion between generations. on the stepsThe themes for the programs are tied to the students’ curriculum in each grade. Family Learning takes place on Sunday mornings several times throughout the school year for kindergartenthrough sixth grades (K,1,2 Welcome!)  On days when there is no Family Learning parents always have an opportunity to participate the Adult Learning or a “Kehila Cafe” where they can connect with other parents.

Retreats

playing gaga detail

 Students participate in retreats starting in 3rd grade. Retreats enhance the formal curriculum with an immersive Jewish experience filled with ruach (spirit) and community.

being cozy on the retreat

Holiday Programs

We celebrate Jewish holidays both through classroom activities and family learning activities to which siblings and community members are always invited.

Kehilah (Community)

In grades 3-6 students engage in a communal spiritual experience led by our Cantor on Thursdays and our Education Director on Sundays at 9am. The focus of Kehillah is spiritual growth, skills application, community building, and increasing comfort with prayer and personal Jewish Journeys.

Tzedakah (Righteous Giving)

Students recognize the value of tzedakah through hands-on projects, understanding that the true meaning of tzedakah is “Justice or Righteousness” and not necessarily giving money.  As a group, we will select an organization that we can be involved with this year on different levels.

Inclusion:  Sudbury Valley Jewish Special Education Initiative (SVJSEI)

We are part of a consortium of congregational schools that offer inclusion services to learners their families. Read more about SVJSEI and Services for People with Disabilities.

Inclusion remains a top priority as we embrace our likenesses, differences in backgrounds, family structures, common humanity and the ways that we learn.

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Being a new member, I was surprised at how friendly everyone is at Beth El. People just walked up and introduced themselves to me as if welcoming me into their own home.
— Beverly H