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:

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 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, 9:30-10:45 a.m.   Begins November 4

 

Gesher (“Bridges”, age 5 years old +)

Gesher is the NEWEST 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, 9:30-10:45 a.m.   Begins November 4

 

Olam Chesed (“A World of Love”, ages 5-13)

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 Regulrarly September-May, Wednesdays, 3:45-6:15 p.m.
Begins Wednesday, September 13

 

The Mitzvah Project (grades 7-8)

This program is a teen youth group that 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 their learning of tradition into their lives.

Meets six times per year.

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: 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

 

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.

Rabbi Jennifer Rudin, Director of Curriculum and Professional Development

Rabbi Jennifer is passionate about creating Judaic curriculum that is relevant, meaningful and engaging.  She enjoys mentoring teachers as they transform curriculum into lesson plans and then bring those plans to life in the classroom.

For more information contact Stacey at s.oshkello@jcogs.org