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TEMPLE SHIR TIKVA

Religious School at TST

Dear Families of Learners at Temple Shir Tikva,
 
We are missing you all and thinking of you with great affection and empathy during these challenging times. We are so excited to share our plans for learning at TST for the coming school year. In short:
 
We will be launching Hineini, our newly imagined K-6 learning program and AISH, our grades 7-12 program, online in September with exciting updates and changes. 
 
Please click here to see details and FAQs for K-12 learning. 
 
The safety, health, and well-being of our learning community is our top priority, and this decision reflects that value. It is our sincere desire to be together as soon as we can safely meet the guidelines for gathering in person while maintaining our commitment to joyful Jewish learning. We will continue to closely monitor the most up-to-date health data and guidelines and will make any future decisions about in-person gatherings in consultation with TST's COVID Task Force. 
 
The Education Team has been hard at work all summer and we are excited to share some information about our plans for learning this year.
 
Imagine a place where your children will be known and loved.
 
Imagine your children exploring Jewish values first for themselves, then within communities in which they gather: their families, friends, neighborhoods, classrooms, TST community; and finally, in the world beyond those familiar communities. How can Judaism guide and inspire them to learn, question, and act?
 
Introducing Hineini, K-6 Jewish Learning @Temple Shir Tikva
Hineini הִנֵנִי 
Here I am
I am here
I matter
Showing up matters
How we show up matters
Why we show up matters
 
And grades 7-12 Jewish Learning @Temple Shir Tikva
AISH אֵשׁ
We each have a flame within us.
We matter.
We can be inspired and ignited to action.
(AISH is one component of our TSTeen program,
which also includes Madrichim, Teen Philanthropy, and STIFTY.)
 
Hineini and AISH are the learning programs we need now. We don’t need the Religious School programs of the past. We are not just going to do what we’ve done before… but on Zoom. We will take this opportunity to explore Judaism, strengthen relationships, and build the skills we need to live in this moment.
 
 
In reimagining our program, we began with the question: How can Judaism offer us wisdom when we think about taking care of ourselves and taking care of others? Both COVID-19 and issues of societal injustice have awakened in us the need to explore our Jewish values and our call to action as Jews in this moment in time.
 
We are inspired by the text in Pirkei Avot 1:14:

אִם אֵין אֲנִי לִי, מִי לִי. וּכְשֶׁאֲנִי לְעַצְמִי, מָה אֲנִי. וְאִם לֹא עַכְשָׁיו, אֵימָתָי

Im ein ani li mi li. uchsheani l’atzmi, ma ani. V’im lo achshav einmatai.
 
If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?
 
(This is a graphic that represents our thinking. I will also attach it, in case it doesn't load properly in the body of the email.)
 
We have many more details to share… our Mussar-inspired curriculum organized by monthly middot (character traits), spiritual experience choices like mediation, singing, and tefilah (worship), small-group Hebrew, and elective class choices for our teens.

We will be in touch soon with two opportunities to gather on Zoom — so you can hear specifics and ask questions. In the meantime, check out the FAQs for more details.
 
For now, please know that we are excited to kick off the year and welcome your children to our online learning spaces.

 

Education Program Core Values

Community
We live our lives embedded in a sacred web of relationships that connect us to each other and the Jewish people at large.

Belonging
Judaism is our spiritual home, the place where we are deeply welcomed and fully seen in all of our wholeness.

Tikkun Olam
We understand our role as partners with God in the work of repairing the brokenness of our world; we are committed to the struggle to create a more just, fair, and sustainable world.

Hineni
We show up as fully present to this moment.  We are awake to the life within and around us and stand ready to respond to the calls of our times while listening to the still, small voice within.

Curiosity
We are energized and engaged by the endless possibilities of our world and the boundless wisdom of our Torah and tradition. 

G’milut Chasadim
We practice loving kindness at all times, in our relationship with ourselves, with each other, and with the natural world that sustains us all.

Joy
It is a blessing to be alive and to be a part of this sacred community, and we celebrate those blessings together.

Wed, October 28 2020 10 Cheshvan 5781