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 Saturday morning

Elementary learners meet Saturday mornings at Temple Beth Sholom from 9:30-11:30am.
Our morning starts with a joyful, song-filled Tefilah from 9:30-10:00am. For the rest of the morning, students are divided camp-style into three different units:

  • Tzofim (Scouts): Grades K & 1
  • Bonim (Builders): Grades 2 & 3
  • Olim (Ascendants): Grades 4 & 5

The curriculum is entirely experiential and revolves around themes that tie in holiday learning and Jewish ideas and values. Saturday also includes our Hebrew Through Movement curriculum, an interactive and vibrant way for our kids to learn the language of the Jewish people.

Wednesday afternoon

On Wednesday afternoons, elementary learners participate in Specialty Workshops, allowing them to explore Judaism through the lenses of other areas of interest. See below for the schedule and description of our Workshops!

 

Tzofim (K/1)

Bonim (2/3)

Olim (4/5)

Alef (2:30-3:30pm)

Lego Building

Music

Science

Textiles & Design

Coding & Robotics

Cooking

Visual Art

Digital Media

Hebrew Reading*

Theater

Bet (3:30-4:30pm)

Coding & Robotics

Cooking

Visual Art

Digital Media

Music

Theater

Hebrew Reading*

Science

Textiles & Design

Gimmel (4:30-5:30pm)

Outdoor Exploration

Science

Textiles & Design

Cooking

Visual Art

*Olim learners (grades 4/5) MUST choose Hebrew Reading as one of their Workshop options.

 

Workshop Descriptions

Coding & Robotics סמול

Our jLAB learners become engineers, bringing their ideas to life through the basics of robot construction and computer programming. Learners use a wide variety of tools to explore the jLAB curricular themes in intellectually stimulating and challenging ways.

Cooking בישול

The jLAB Cooking Workshop nurtures a passion for Jewish food. Learners will engage in techniques to properly handle, store, and prepare each component of a recipe. They will gain an understanding of regional and cultural aspects of Jewish cuisine. Our young chefs will learn and sharpen skills in connecting curricular themes to food, work with proven recipes, and perhaps experiment with original creations.

Digital Media תקשורת

In the jLAB Digital Media Workshop, learners engage in aspects of production and storytelling such as character development, scriptwriting, directing, shooting, and editing. Digital Media provides a unique combination of technology and art in which learners will effectively realize Jewish themes and ideas through their artistic visions in film, photography, animation, and other forms of digital design. Through the project-based creation process, learners will grow their skill set in exploring jLAB curricular themes through the fascinating world of digital media.

Hebrew Reading עברית

Although Hebrew is infused throughout jLAB with the “Jewish Life Vocabulary” in our curriculum, the Hebrew Workshop allows for additional instruction in the language of the Jewish people. Our Grade 4 learners will gain introductory reading skills by focusing on sight reading of prayer vocabulary with a curriculum built around the prayer levels of Hebrew Through Movement. Grade 5 learners will focus on decoding skills within a more traditional Hebrew learning format.

Lego Building בנין

The Lego Building Workshop encourages creativity, promotes learning through play, and sparks interest in our jLAB curricular themes through fun and familiarity. Our learners create, build, and explore in inspiring and innovative ways.

Music שירה

Our musicians learn to interpret both music and Jewish text. jLAB musicians will develop musical imagination and will grow through studying diverse styles and genres of music. They will cultivate exposure to the Hebrew language that will allow them to further connect to their Jewish heritage.

Outdoor Exploration בחוץ

The Outdoor Exploration Workshop offers a unique opportunity for hands-on outside adventures and “fieldwork” to explore our jLAB curricular themes. Learners will spend time in the garden, survey our grounds, and interact with the natural world through play-based and multi-sensory group activities.

Science מדע

Scientific inquiry meets Judaism! jLAB learners will explore science through a host of activities that complement and deepen their understanding of Judaism. They will learn the long history of the Jewish people’s contributions to science and build a strong connection to Israel as an incubator of innovation. The jLAB Science Workshop will foster curiosity in the context of Jewish values and community, all within the framework of our curricular themes.

Textiles & Design לעצב

Learners will gain an understanding of jLAB curricular themes by designing on paper and then bringing these expressions to life. They will tell stories of who they are personally, in our community, and in our world through their designs. Learners will create using different constructed, digital, and mixed media textiles.

Theatre תיאטרון

Our jLAB Theatre performers explore elements such as character development, breath and vocal techniques, improvisational methods, comedic timing, and physical awareness – all within a Jewish context. Learners will employ these elements through existing material and original productions, all connected to the jLAB curricular themes. Actors will focus on solo, duet, and group pieces, fusing movement and voice with key theatrical skills. Learners may also have opportunities to review techniques in makeup, costume, and/or set design.

Visual Art אומנות

The jLAB Visual Art Workshop allows learners to critically think about the intersection of art and Judaism. Learners will explore Jewish themes and ideas through drawing, painting, sculpture, and other forms of art. They will derive inspiration from pieces by Jewish artists, and will use the jLAB curricular themes to design and execute unique works of Jewish art.

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