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Ritual Practice (Jewish routine) can help us develop and strengthen our sense of identity
By coming together on a weekly basis in prayer and reflection we develop practices that contribute to our sense of connection to our spiritual selves and others
By finding and acknowledging opportunities to be thankful and to offer blessings and prayers, we work to develop our spiritual selves
Hebrew Language Acquisition
Hebrew is the language of our people. When we learn it, we link ourselves to our ancestors as well as to those who will come after us
Learning Hebrew words can help us connect with Hebrew prayers, songs and Jewish texts.
Empathy and Belonging
As Jews we have an obligation to take care of one another.
We have a responsibility to help make the world a better place. (Tikkun Olam)
Opportunities for activities that build these characteristics are part of the weekly program
Building our JLCMW Sacred Community – Forming and nurturing ourselves in community creates an environment for healthy growth and safe learning
As students we care about and are responsible for each other’s well-being.
As families we value the time we spend learning, growing and praying together.
Torah Godly Play
Each Sunday, morah Jenn our shevet shalom (grades 2/3) takes us through the Torah portion of the week using the Godly Play method. Based on Montessori principles, this technique has been adopted and adapted by Rabbi Michael Shire of Hebrew College who trains teachers nationally. We are very fortunate that Jenn has participated in this training. She is brilliant at bringing our Torah stories to life!
A Unique Approach
At the end of each Wednesday Ashira Stevens, our Shevet Or (grades 4/5) teacher, leads us through a mindful Zentangle© exercise. The Zentangle© method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. As a meditative art, this practice can reduce stress, increase focus and creativity, and offer a way to explore feelings and one's personal spiritual journey.
Each week, Ashira, who is a rabbinic student at Hebrew College, ties the Zentangle© to the weekly Torah portion using the exercise to create a visual interpretation of our sacred text and exploring our relationship with Jewish life.