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Journey — The Jewish Discovery Project : Online and In person

Program contact:
Harry Selig | harry@chselig.com

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Tentative Fall Schedule (to include monthly Jewish Geography programs TBA):

October 11

October 18 

October 25

November 1

November 8

November 15

November 22

December 6

December 13 – Chanukah 


 

What is Journey?

Since January of 2014, the Journey program has served over 50 families, 100 children, 44 B’nai Mitzvah AND been staffed by 20 different and wonderful VOLUNTEER teachers (we call them “Journey Guides”), tons of parents and teenage TA’s! 

We welcome children from 5 years old up to 7th grade on Sunday mornings for a Jewish educational experience that makes a real positive difference in their lives (and in the lives of their parents and families). 

Our philosophy isn’t so philosophical:

“Make Jewish life and learning enjoyable, engaging, enriching and inspiring!”

And do we succeed every time? 

Often but not always.

But on most Sundays in most years, do the kids go home happier, than when they arrived? 

Yes.

Have they learned something more about Judaism, Jewish life, Hebrew, and each other than they knew before they came? 

Yes

 

Raising Jewish children in a very non-Jewish world can be tough but it can be worth so much!  At Journey, while Judaism is certainly about the “Jewish stuff,” it’s very much about the crucial lessons of being kind, offering patience, becoming curious, and growing into the person who will make themselves proud by how they live their lives. 

 

What does a day  at Journey look like?

Every Journey day includes Kehillah (community), a group prayer and celebration that helps set a positive mood for our morning together. On any given morning, Kehillah may include “Shabbat-in-Training,” interactive songs, prayers, readings, and stories designed to teach Hebrew, share Jewish values and instill a spiritual approach to life.

In addition to Kehillah, Journey includes Hebrew taught and led by Rabbi Scott, andJewish Culture and Heritage,  

 

Where and When does Journey take place?

Sunday mornings from 10:30 am on Zoom

 

How and Why does Journey work?

In order to answer these questions, we need to ask what "work" means in this context. For us, Journey "working" means TORAH:

TORAH

  • Terrifically engaging learning that utilizes a multiplicity of media to make Jewish values, history, and literacy connected to the lives of our students and families.
  • Open classrooms, Open hearts. Jewish wisdom and practice can touch us emotionally in ways that affirm its continued and consistent meaning. Through art, music and story telling, Journey delivers a powerful Jewish punch.
  • Relevance, relevance, relevance. There are many things vying for ours and our children's attention - and Judaism can have impactful applications to the improvement of the lives of our children and our own.
  • Affirming the unique ways in which our children learn is not only a sound educational strategy, but a matter of sacred action. Journey and Shma Koleinu are committed to ensuring that each child's learning experience and growth toward becoming a B'nai Mitzvah and beyond is met with flexibility and compassion.
  • Honoring the past in order to know who we are in the present and into the future. Modern Jewish existence is indeed a miracle and inspiring our children with the central lessons and foundations of Judaism is the way in which we help them deepen their roots and spread their wings.

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