Temple Shir Tikva Religious School - A Community Building Curriculum
There is no greater gift we can give our Jewish children than a love of Hebrew language, culture, and knowing how and when to do the right thing for others.
We have an exciting calendar that offers many ways for Shir Tikva congregants to share their personal passions and interests with each other. In modern Jewish education – the work of developing relationships, deep personal engagement, and community building - creating Jewish experiences where kids and their families feel a sense of individual and communal belonging - is the curriculum, and it’s the template for which deeper learning and identity building can flourish.
Mentoring takes place between grades. Older students mentor younger ones, alongside student teachers who already have a major classroom presence. Our overarching goal for the religious school is about connections; connection to each other, and connection to being Jewish, and to the community, and to Shir Tikva, in particular.
In addition to K-6 education Shir Tikva has a high school program, known as AISH: the Shir Tikva Center for Youth Leadership, where teens in grades 7-12 gather together on Wednesday evenings to explore Judaism through various lenses. Research on youth development suggests that teens will be most engaged when they are in peer constructed environments and focused on their personal passions, or as we're calling it, their AISH, their inner spark. It’s not shocking research. We all know that teens want to be with their friends doing what they enjoy. And we know they have a lot of stress in their lives, so we aim to create a stress-free and joyful community where their time is respected and their passions and interests celebrated. Elective-based courses planned for the year range from A Cappella, Event Planning, Graphic Novels, Gaming, Mind/Body Yoga and Food, Journalism, and much more.
Shir Tikva's Education team, in collaboration with the vision of a wealth of dedicated lay leaders, sees an ongoing process of evaluation and reflection to think about new ways of doing Jewish education at Shir Tikva.