Sukkat Shalom’s education program involves the entire family. Parents and children join together twice a month to explore stories, values, and traditions. We strive to provide our families with interactive and challenging experiences which we hope will help build a foundation of knowledge and literacy. The curriculum is a combination of parallel and joint study, engaging all in the activities that promote intellectual and emotional development. In every discussion we emphasize the core values that we each have brought from our diverse traditions and backgrounds. Shabbat and Holiday worship, experiential learning, art, music and family programs are all included in order to provide a well-rounded educational experience. It is our hope that families continue to learn and discuss long after they leave Family School.
Our Guiding Principles
Tikun Olam – Repair of the World
We see ourselves as God’s partner in the repair the world. The study of social justice issues, such as, caring for the needy and mending the earth, are just a few ways that we partner to make the world a better place.
Kehillah – Community
The mandate of “ Al Tifros Min HaTzibur” (Do Not Separate Yourself from your Community) Pirke Avot 2:5 is a commitment that the whole family is part of the learning community. Participation in our community strengthens the bonds between parent and child and the congregation as a whole.
Tzedekah – Righteous Acts
We use the word Tzedekah to mean “charity.” However, it is so much more. The word “Tzedekah”, is derived from the root Tzedek meaning righteousness, justice or fairness. In Judaism, giving to the needy is not viewed as generosity; rather, it is simply an act of justice and righteousness.
B’tzelem Elohim – In God’s Image
The Torah teaches us that we are all created in the image of God. (Genesis 1:26) Each of us has immeasurable worth and the right to a secure and a nurturing environment. Through our differences we can find connections with each other and create a community with shared morals and values. Our hope is that together we can build a community of spiritual awareness and support each other through times of joy and sorrow.
Talmud Torah – The Study of Torah
Our educational program strives toward both intellectual and spiritual excellence. Promoting life-long learning is a core value in the Sukkat Shalom community. The great philosopher Martin Buber taught that we must find the relevance of the text in our contemporary life. Jewish education must inspire students of all ages to be responsible for their spiritual learning and we must guide them through this journey.
* Explore the building blocks of Jewish life
*Delve into the holiday celebrations through stories, music and art projects
High School Offerings
Chat n’ Chew — Confirmation Class
1 Sunday/month, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Gather with fellow teens and our clergy at a local restaurant for lunch and meaningful conversation. Discuss relevant issues, such as social justice, Israel, xenophobia and anti-Semitism, college prep, relationships, image, social media presence, and more.
Sunday mornings and/or Thursday afternoons
Madrich/Madricha means “counselor” or “mentor.” Become a high school madrich/madricha, and assist at Family School and/or Hebrew on Sundays and/or Thursdays. Our high school students (9th – 12th grades) are vital to the Family School experience. They are role models to the younger students and bring a love of the congregation into each classroom. On Family School days, madrichim learn with Kelli Max, teacher and youth group advisor, to develop new skills, useful in and outside of the classroom. Here are the list of Family School Dates and Hebrew School dates.
L’taken Social Justice Seminar
Friday, Feb. 9 – Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 (Washington, DC)
Travel to Washington, DC to and meet teens from around the country for a four-day social justice seminar hosted by the Reform Movement’s Religious Action Center (RAC). Explore advocacy, policy, and DC for an amazing weekend of learning and fun! Hang out in Georgetown, check out the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall, experience the MLK monument, and participate in Havdallah under the stars at the Jefferson Monument. Learn about a variety of public policy issues, and explore the Jewish values that inform the Reform Movement’s advocacy on these issues. The weekend culminates with a visit to Capitol Hill to lobby Members of Congress. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Under the supervision of our advisor, Kelli Max, the youth group will typically meet on Sunday afternoons.
We are looking forward to an amazing year!!