Our mission is to educate children in the rhythms of Jewish life, to connect to the Temple Israel community and to contribute to creating a just world.
The theme for the 2022-2023 year is “Cycles of Jewish Time.”
What does Cycles of Jewish Time even mean?
- Our connection to this land and to seasonality, like the changing seasons (spring, summer, fall, winter) or the holiday seasons (Rosh Hashanah, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover). Upholding accountable relationships to land.
- Historical agricultural themes in holidays, also known as agrarian regionalism: highlighting the Jewish tradition of pilgrimage festivals and communal gatherings
- Jewish Time is spiralinear! Combining aspects of linear and cyclical movement through time
This year we will host a number of offerings for kids of all ages including performances, Shabbat meals, holiday celebrations, and take-home art bags. For kids ages 6-10, we will also offer Hebrew language classes on Sunday mornings and rotating learning modules that are 2-5 weeks long and focus on a particular subject pertaining to Cycles of Jewish Time.
We send a semi-weekly newsletter to families with information about upcoming events, classes and more. If you would like to receive the newsletter, email Alyssa at alyssa[at]templeisraelgreenfield.org.
For students ages 12 & 13, our Be Mitzvah program highlights the transition, in the Jewish tradition, of becoming an adult. Students study with Rabbi Andrea and other community members on skills to prepare for a traditional B’nai Mitzvah celebration or alternative marking of transition including Hebrew literacy and prayer book skills, Torah and Torah reading, and living Jewish values.
For more information on enrolling in our Be Mitzvah program, please contact Rabbi Andrea or the office.
Families enrolling their children in the Be Mitzvah program must be members of Temple Israel.
We are waiting to hear about funding for our Teen Program! TBD.