“Kesher” means “making connections.”
Instead of taking part in Sunday weekly music or monthly art sessions, our 5th and 6th grade students are in age-mixed classrooms doing activities that they choose and creating materials for themselves, their families, or others. They will be making connections between the school, their families and the larger congregation, between what they love to do and their Judaism, and between students and teachers. This model makes the concept of project based learning come to life with an exploration of the Jewish holidays.
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Project-based learning comes from the secular education world. It is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain deeper knowledge of the subject they are studying in order to create something that can actually be used by the larger community. In our Kesher program, students will work in small groups with a teacher to come up with a creative way to help our congregation and families deepen their connection to Jewish life and holiday celebration. Their challenge is to have useful, meaningful explorations that you can take on as families, which will add meaning to your own Jewish lives and family observance.
In the beginning of each trimester students will choose from activities such as art, theater, comedy, music writing, book writing, social action and more. Students will decide what they want to create, and then focus their learning on creating their project with mixed- grade groups during the second half of each Sunday morning.