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 2018-2019:

To register, please make sure to fill out BOTH forms and pay tuition. (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


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 continues to grow. Come see what all the excitement is about!

Kinderlach (“Little children”, ages 0-4)
Kinderlach invites our youngest learners to explore Jewish holidays through hands-on learning. Kinderlach meets monthly, on Saturday mornings, for a hands-on arts and crafts project, Hebrew play, and “Storytime and Singing with Rabbi David.” Kinderlach is a great place to meet other young families, while engaging in Jewish tradition and culture within community.

Meets monthly on the first Saturday (Shabbat) morning of the month, 9:30-11 a.m.  Begins Saturday, October 13.

 

Gesher (“Bridges”, age 5-7 years old)

Gesher is the program addition to JCOGS Olam Chesed Education Center. Through a multi-sensory approach to Jewish learning, Gesher explores Jewish holidays, Jewish values, and introduces Hebrew language. Each session includes music, movement, stories and hands-on projects. Gesher means bridge in Hebrew, and serves as a bridge between parent/child learning to developing an engaging peer and teacher community that is lead by Courtney Rose and Rabbi David.

Meets monthly on the first Saturday (Shabbat) morning of the month, 9:30-11 a.m.  Begins Saturday, October 13.

 

Olam Chesed (“A World of Love”, grades 1-6) A Jewish Life and Hebrew Program

This weekly program 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, acquire Hebrew language skills, and engage in Tikkun Olam (Repairing the World). Our students are encouraged to question, offer ideas, and use play to learn. We have implemented a program that helps students prepare for a lifetime of seeking Jewish experiences and offers them the tools to be active, loving citizens of the world, and contributing members of the Jewish community.

Meets Regularly September-May, Wednesdays, 3:45-6:15 p.m.
Begins Wednesday, September 5.

 

Mitzvah! (grades 7-8)

Our oldest group of students meets weekly on Sunday afternoons to prepare together for the bar and bat mitzvah ceremony, explore prayer and ritual, and write their personal sermons (d’var torah). Enrollment includes participation in our monthly teen group.
The first class will be held September 16, 2018 4:00 – 6:30 pm

Meets weekly on Sundays from 4 – 6:30 p.m. The first class will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Ateed (12 years and up)

This social engagement program for teens delves into Jewish identity and values, while making a difference in the community. At this formative age, we invite our youth to come together as community, ask questions, and bring the learning of tradition into their lives.

Meets one Sunday a month, 4 – 6:30 p.m. The first meeting will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30. 

Our Philosophy

Olam Chesed (A World of Love) is an educational center for children aged Birth-13 years old. We create 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, students 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 students 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 students for a lifetime of seeking Jewish experiences and offers them the tools to be active, loving citizens of the world.

Our Curriculum:

engaging, experiential education while:

  • Embracing Jewish values and ethics.
  • Making friends and building community
  • Engaging in Torah and Hebrew learning.
  • Singing songs and prayers, and delving into their meaning.
  • Cooking delicious Jewish foods.
  • Rejoicing in holiday and life cycle celebrations
  • Making a difference through Tikkun Olam (social justice) and Tzedakah (charity and giving).

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: rabbidavid@jcogs.org, 802-253-1800.

 

Beth Liberman, Director of Family and Youth Programming

Beth has served as a school and programming director. She has trained as a museum educator and teacher of Second Language Learners in Vermont, New York, and Tel Aviv, and worked as an educator, arts administrator and ELL teacher while living in
Israel for 19 years. Beth looks forward to supporting the use of art in our experiential learning programs of Kinderlach, Gesher, and Olam Chesed and strengthening organic Hebrew learning. Contact: beth.liberman@jcogs.org

 

Amy Holloway, B’nei Mitzvah Coordinator

Amy was a Jewish Studies major in college and continued her involvement in Jewish life as a religious school and b’nei mitzvah teacher in various synagogues in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Tennessee, and North Carolina. After a long career as a crime victim advocate she retired in 2015 and and is currently teaching positive psychology courses at Johnson State and the University of Pennsylvania.  She is especially excited about her role as JCOGS’s B’nei Mitzvah coordinator and loves being part of our student’s wonderful journey toward becoming engaged members of the JCOGS community. Contact: amyrholloway@yahoo.com

 

Courtney Rose, Coordinator of Preschool and Primary Education

Courtney has 20 plus years of experience working with young children in synagogues, preschools, gardens and camps. She is excited to share her love for exploring Judaism through play, song and stories with our community of families. Contact: courtney.rose@jcogs.org

 

For more information contact Beth at beth.liberman@jcogs.org