Kesher@AA is the religious education initiative for children grades Pre-K – 6th grade. We use the Chai curriculum, which focuses on three areas: Torah, avodah, and g’milut chasadim.
- Torah (traditional Jewish learning) is an ongoing dialogue between the text and its students. It is real in our daily lives and goes with us wherever we are. Developing the skills to study Torah is essential to integrating it into our lives.
- Avodah (service) is the introspective work we do to find sacred connections to God, community, and self. Engaging in the work of avodah can bring order, beauty, meaning and insight to our lives and our community.
- G’milut chasadim (acts of lovingkindness) is our way of being personally responsible for making the world a better and holier place.
Each week, we encourage our students to see past what they ‘think’ Judaism should be and try to create a Judaism that is truly theirs. This comes through enriching text study, authentic Jewish experiences, and engagement with Hebrew language.
Children who are a part of Kesher@AA are placed into age-appropriate Hebrew classes based on knowledge level. Each class is guided by a dynamic and passionate educator along with one madrich (teen counselor) as part of the group. Our madrichim serve as role models for continued Jewish learning and assist our educators in small group activities.
Each class will explore the three areas of focus within the Chai curriculum: Torah, avodah, and g’milut chasadim. Our Judaics program uses a spiral curriculum. For more information on what each k’futzah (group) studies, please refer to the “Learning by K’futzah” tab.
Hebrew is more than something to learn for one’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah, it is the key to a deeper Jewish existence which opens the door to a world of experiences. We seek to develop comfort with the Hebrew language through songs, movement and a spiral curriculum that molds to each child’s skill level. Our program includes decoding, comprehension and fluency. We will use the Hineni curriculum to develop the following skills while also working on learning prayers.
- Decoding: The first step in accessing a language is the ability to identify the letters and recognize their sounds. We incorporate both contemporary Jewish texts such as poems, stories and newspaper articles along with t’filot (prayers) and traditional Jewish text.
- Comprehension: We develop a student’s comprehension with our Hebrew Through Movement curriculum along with the ability to recognize shorashim (root letters). With this skill, students will be able to expand their personal Hebrew vocabulary.
- Fluency: Hebrew fluency is the ability to quickly identify, pronounce and comprehend commonly used shorashim within a body of text. With this skill, students will comfortably participate in every cultural and ritual aspect of Jewish life.
Along with an hour of Hebrew on Sundays, we will also be offering an hour of midweek Hebrew on Wednesday evenings online. Students will be able to connect with their teacher and classmates and continue to work through lessons from Sundays.
Each week we conclude our day together with a camp inspired tefilah including prayers, Jewish and Hebrew songs and movement. This is an opportunity to bring our voices together and create a prayerful and mindful kehilah kedosha (holy community).
CHUGGIM (ENRICHMENT COURSES):
Each child’s connection to Judaism manifests in different ways. Our Judaics curriculum is enhanced by chuggim, which will allow students to explore different paths that will enrich their Jewish identity. Each class will experience a different chug each week. Chuggim include art, music, Israel and cooking.
|GAAn BAhava (3 – Pre-K) – AA Members||$600|
|GAAn BAhava (3 – Pre-K) – Non-Members||$700|
|Kesher (K – 1st Grade) – AA Members||$1,100|
|Kesher (K – 1st Grade) – Non-Members||$1,200|
|Kesher (2nd – 6th Grade) – AA Members||$1,400|
|Kesher (2nd – 6th Grade) – Non-Members||$1,500|
|TAAglit Atzmi (7th – 9th Grade) – AA Members||$1,250|
|TAAglit Atzmi (7th – 9th Grade) – Non-Members||$1,550|
|AAtid (10th – 12th Grade)||$360|
|Madrichim and Madrichim in Training (MIT) (9th – 12th Grade)||No Fee|
|Shabbat Sessions and Holiday Programming – Kesher Members||$100|
|Shabbat Sessions and Holiday Programming – Non-Kesher Members||$400|
|Chai Youth – USY and Kadima||$300|
|Chai Youth – Machar||$228|