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Registration for 2017 / 2018 Religious School’s Living Judaism Program to be announced.

Welcome to Our Innovative Living Judaism Program

Shalom!

Welcome to University Synagogue’s Living Judaism Program (formerly Religious School). Yes, Living Judaism will be the name our program adopts in the 2017-2018/5778 school year as we evolve from a traditional Religious School to an all-inclusive experiential, project-based learning model of Jewish education.

This exciting paradigm shift promises to enhance your children’s experience of Judaism. We are committed to engaging every learner, providing carefully constructed learning experiences, building strong identity, routing our students firmly in tradition, and creating memories to last for years to come. My hope is that our graduates will always see themselves as an integral part of the Jewish community, remembering the ritual, values and warmth they experienced in our program.

In addition to our Sunday morning program, we are adding a family education component to our Family Shabbat Program. Our Family Shabbats will take on a new texture as we incorporate more learning and experiential opportunities, as well as continue to build community ties and relationships.

Rest assured, the thematic content that your are used to your children learning, will remain. However, their learning will be enhanced by incorporating a broader spectrum of activities using different ways of learning. Some of the experiences that will be incorporated into our Living Judaism Program will include cooking, music, science, art, drama, games, technology, dance, debate, book club, Yiddish, mitzvah corps and values. Our Hebrew will be enhanced with the addition of a conversational Hebrew component as Daniela Huczneckar, our much beloved AJE teacher, returns to join our staff.

Our Sunday times remain the same, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Our students will continue to have Hebrew reading each week and will begin and end the day with their classroom teacher.

As you know, I am committed to building relationships with each one of your children and to understand how best to empower their Judaic learning. To this end, my door is always open. I love to meet with you, to discuss your children and their learning styles, to speak about your family values and what is important to you and to work together with you to chart a path forward building Jewish identity and community. More than that, I love to meet with your children, to get to know them, to watch them grow and mature into your adults, to support them through those inevitable hurdles, difficult choices, and growing pains, and to kvell with pride at their Bar or Bat Mitzvahs and again at their Confirmation. I love to follow their college application process, to keep in touch when they move away and am always available to write those letters of recommendation. Relationships are important to me and our staff. They are the cornerstone of our community at University Synagogue and we are committed to fostering them.

Please drop me a note, pop by my office or call me to “kvell” or “kvetch”. In this way we can work together to overcome obstacles, share in celebrations, and build lasting relationships.

L’hitraot,

Sue Penn, M. Ed.

Director of Congregational Learning

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