Education Center

 

Olam Chesed Education Center • Building a World of Love

Our education center prepares children for a lifetime of seeking Jewish experiences and offers them the tools to be active, loving citizens of the world.

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Register for 2017-2018 by May 12 and we will enter you in a raffle to win:

1st prize: a Daycation Pass at Smuggler’s Notch for a family this summer
2nd prize: a Family’s pass to bowl at Sun and Ski Bowl in Stowe

To register, please make sure to fill out ALL three forms and pay the $50 deposit. (they will each open in their own window)

Olam Chesed Registration Form (click here) one per family
Olam Chesed Tuition Fees Form (click here) one per family
Olam Chesed Learning Needs Form (click here) one per child


Watch this video to find out what the community
is saying about our family and youth programs!

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Our Education Programs

Participation in our family programs quadrupled last year. Come see what all the excitement is about!

Kinderlach (“Little children”, ages 0-5)
This program meets monthly, on Saturday mornings, for a hands-on arts and crafts project, Hebrew play, and “Storytime and Singing with Rabbi David.” It’s also a great place to meet other young families, while engaging in Jewish tradition and culture within community.

Meets monthly on Shabbat morning, 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Olam Chesed (“A World of Love”, ages 5-13)
This program is the core of our educational center and provides a nurturing learning environment where students gain a strong sense of Jewish belonging and identity. We embrace Jewish values and ethics, share holiday and Shabbat celebrations, unpack the significance of Jewish history, learn Hebrew, and engage in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).

Meets September-May, Wednesdays, 3:45-6:15 p.m.
Begins Sept. 9 with Family Dinner at 6 p.m., and Sept. 14 for the first official day of the school year.

The Mitzvah Project (ages 11-13)
This program is designed to enhance the bar and bat mitzvah preparations for youth and families while engaging in community activities that teach Jewish values and traditions. At this formative age, we want our youth to come into their own, ask questions, and bring their learning of traditions into their lives. This is a wonderful way to enrich this important life transition for families at this stage.

Meets six times per year.
Begins Sept. 11 with Mitzvah Day, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Our Philosophy

Olam Chesed (A World of Love) is an educational center for children aged 0-13. We provide a nurturing learning environment where our students gain a strong sense of Jewish belonging and identity. Together, we explore Judaism’s rich history and the beauty of the Hebrew language. Students learn to sing and understand common prayers, developing the confidence to participate in Jewish life.

By the end of their years in the Olam Chesed Education Center, they are able to read Hebrew fluidly at their B’nei Mitzvah, while grappling with the meaning of the text. Olam Chesed students develop a connection to Judaism that will be rejuvenated throughout their lives. We actively encourage them to explore what is personally meaningful about Judaism, contemplate Jewish concepts of G-d, and develop a sense of their own passions.

We come together regularly to share holiday and Shabbat celebrations, embrace Jewish values and ethics, unpack the significance of Jewish history, and engage in Tikkun Olam. This shared experience prepares children for a lifetime of seeking Jewish experiences and offers them the tools to be active, loving citizens of the world.

New Curriculum This Year

We will focus on engaging, experiential education with an emphasis on Jewish values and celebrations.

  • Embrace Jewish values and ethics.
  • Engage in Torah and Hebrew learning.
  • Sing songs and prayers, and delve into their meaning.
  • Bake delicious Jewish foods.
  • Make a difference through Tikkun Olam (social justice) and Tzedakah (charity).

Meet Our Education Center Team

Rabbi-David-Fainsilber_WebRabbi David Fainsilber

Rabbi David has 20 years of Jewish youth and family programming successes. Through guitar, singing, and engaging stories, he teaches Jewish values and songs in all of our family and youth programs. Contact: dfainsilber@jcogs.org, 802-253-1800.

 

Stacey_WebStacey Oshkello, Director of Family and Youth Programming

Stacey enjoys sharing her passion for earth-based Judaism with families and youth. She has been teaching for more than a dozen years in a variety of educational settings. Through experiential education she inspires connection to Judaism’s ancient teachings, while making them relevant for our modern day. Contact: s.oshkello@jcogs.org, 603-387-8697.