We welcome children from traditional, interfaith, LGBTQ, single and other families.

609-730-1500

learn@jecnj.org

at Har Sinai Temple
2421 Pennington Road
Pennington, NJ 08534

Programs - Jewish Education Connection

JEC Evolving Framework of Learning

A PROCESS TO ACQUIRE ENDURING KNOWLEDGE 

Take to heart these instructions with which I charge you this day.
Impress them upon your children.
Recite them when you stay at home and when you are away,
when you lie down and when you get up.

Jewish Education Connection Framework of Learning

Seeing the World Through Jewish Eyes

The Goal—Connecting to a Universe of Jewish Dialogue

Year’s Theme–RESPECT-KAVOD

“To humiliate a person is tantamount to shedding blood” (Bava Metzia 58b-59a)

 “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?” (Rabbi Hillel, Pirkei Avot 1:14).

“That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.” (Rabbi Hillel, Babylonian Talmud, tractate Shabbat 31a

. “Who is wise? One who learns from every man… Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations… Who is rich? One who is satisfied with his lot… Who is honorable? One who honors his fellows.” – Ben Zoma, Ethics of the Fathers, 4:1

“If you are not a better person tomorrow than you are today, what need have you for a tomorrow?” –                Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

It is a mitzvah for every human to love each and everyone from Israel as he loves his own body. As it is written, “be-loving to your neighbor (as one) like yourself”, therefore one must sing his praises, and show concern for his financial well-being, as he would for his own well-being and as he would for his own honor. Anyone who aggrandizes himself at the expense of another person has no portion in the world to come. Maimonides

Jewish Education Connection

A Connection to Claim Our Sacred Heritage

A Connection to Excite, Encounter, Empower

Connecting the Major Concepts of Judaism’s Belief System:

(Riff on ROSENZWEIG’S STAR)

God– (From Monotheism to Maimonides)

Revelation– (From Creation to Conception)

Torah- (From Denotative to Connotative)

Covenant- (From Practice to Relationship)

(Riff on Buber)

Israel– (From Peoplehood to Land)

(Riff on Beck, Collective Jewish People)

Redemption-(From A Better World to Social Action)

In the context of Judaism as a Civilization

(riff on Kaplan)

Primary Grades

Goal: Being Jewish is Fun

Middle Grades

Goal: Being Jewish is Challenging

High School-Confirmation

Goal: Being Jewish is Responsibility

APPLYING CLASSIC SPIRAL AND LINEAR APPROACHES

Meeting time Sundays 9 am -12 noon

A Quadripartite One Day Towards  Life’s Divine Journey

Prayer as a Connection to Spirituality—Mystery, Wonderment, Joy

9:00 A.M.—9:20 A.M.

The Rudiments of Prayer-A Teaching Service- Prayer Goals as a Liturgical Guide

Music as A Tapestry of Learning

Lead by Susan Sacks with Confirmation Class when possible

Resources:

Handouts, Screen

9:20 A.M.—10:00 A.M.

Hebrew as a Connection to Past/Present/Future

Decoding Our Heritage

K/1/2 – Connecting the Alphabet

Resources:

Shalom Alef Bet

Let’s Discover the Alef Bet

  4/5 – Connecting the Alphabet to Prayers- Formal Intro to Prayer Goals

Resources:

Prayer Goal Packet

The New Siddur Program – Primer

Companion Siddur – Reform

6 – Connecting Prayer Goals as a Passport to the World Jewish Community.

Reinforcing Basic Reading

Prayer as Path to Spirituality beginning with Appreciation/Gratitude

Resources:

The New Siddur Program – Primer

10:00 A.M.—10:40 A.M.

Ritual as a Connection to Evoke Our Better Selves

The Jewish Experiences in Sacred Time that evokes Meaning in our Lives

Holidays, Life Cycle

Questions answered: When? Why? What?

K/1/2 – Simple Understanding through Experiential Learning

Resources:

Let’s Discover the Bible Set

Multi-Media

4/5 – Simple Meaning of the Experimental Learning

Resources:

Pass The Torah, Please

Explorer’s Bible, Vol 2: From Sinai to the Nation of Israel

Make, Create, Celebrate: Jewish Holidays Through Art

The Great Israel Scavenger Hunt

6 – Experiential Learning as a Path to Change

Resources:

Make, Create, Celebrate: Jewish Holidays Through Art

The Prophets: Speaking Out for Justice

Multi-Media

7/8/9/10 – The Inner Dynamics of Ritual as Pathway to Meaning

Resources:

Did Moses Really Have Horns? And Other Myths About Jews and Judaism

Taste of Text, A: An Introduction to Talmud and Midrash

Original and primary sources

10:40 A.M.—11:20 A.M.

Jewish Geography/History as a Connection to Identity

K/1/2 – Geography of our Houses, Geography of the Synagogue, Geography of our Neighborhoods

Resources:

Let’s Explore Being Jewish

What is a: Menorah, Ark, Torah, Mezuzah (our homes as sacred places), Sacred Space

4/5 – Jewish Geography of our Country, Geography of the Jewish world

Resources:

The Great Israel Scavenger Hunt

6 – Geography of the Geo-Political World (Israel in Context)

11:20 A.M.12:00 P.M.

Music – A Connection to our Culture/Civilization

 

ENHANCEMENTS

Once per Month Shabbat Learning

PACT—Parents and Children Together: Parents, Students, Engagement