The Shir Libeynu School: a supplemental program that will start right after Yom Kippur, on Sundays, at a downtown location. It is for children ages eight to 11 years old, and will run as a pilot project with a series of five-week sessions or units focusing on specific topics. This is a program that will be especially welcoming of those children who have had minimal or no formal Jewish education, and for whom this is a first learning experience about their heritage. This is a Sunday-morning program.
The first unit’s topic is Jewish Stories: incorporating them from the Bible, the Torah, legends, history and other sources.
The second unit’s topic is: Jewish Time. This will include the Jewish yearly calendar, Jewish holidays, the Jewish week and Shabbat practices.
The third unit’s topic is: Jewish Families: Historical, Traditional & Contemporary.
The fourth and final unit of the year’s topic will be: Jewish Art and Culture.
Our innovative supplemental school starts its fourth unit on Sunday, March 25, 2018.
We will introduce these topics through a variety of activities including reading, drama, arts and crafts, music and writing. We will incorporate Hebrew vocabulary throughout these sessions. Our goal is for all children who go through the year to gain a sense of Jewish identity through learning about our stories, how we organize time, and other themes. Parents may enrol their children in one, several or, ideally, all of the five-week units.
We are now accepting registrations for the fourth and final unit of the year, Jewish Art and Culture. It begins on Sunday, March 25 and ends on April 29th (no classes on April 1st) at a central location, accessible by public transportation. Registration has begun; please sign up by Sunday, February 4, 2018.
The teacher for this school is Dana Rubinshtein, an educator who speaks English, French, Hebrew and Russian. Dana holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Concordia University, and now is pursuing a teaching degree through the faculty of education, York University. She has experience in the classroom of a Toronto Jewish after-school program and at its summer camp. Dana has also worked as: a presenter of science workshops for children and youth, a Hebrew and science tutor to children, and an assistant at a Montreal Jewish day school.
There will be a modest fee for this supplemental school, very much in keeping with what is charged elsewhere in the city.
Rabbi Goldberg will be overseeing the curriculum/lesson planning for the Shir Libeynu School, and is also the teacher’s supervisor.
We are grateful to Shir Libeynu members Jon Novick and Denis Frawley for their generosity in donating venue space in which to hold the program for the first year.
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