Rabbi Jodie Gordon
Rabbi & Education Director
הוּא הָיָה אוֹמֵר, אִם אֵין אֲנִי לִי, מִי לִי. וּכְשֶׁאֲנִי לְעַצְמִי, מָה אֲנִי. וְאִם לֹא עַכְשָׁיו, אֵימָתָי
Hillel would say: If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
But if I am for my own self [only], what am I?
And if not now, when? (Pirke Avot 1:14)
More information about the 2021-2022 school year coming soon!
A Sketch of Our Programs
Camp Style Units
With Tiny Talmidim and Confirmation Class bookending our program, this year our program will be structured around camp-style units for our Kindergarten-7th grade students. This will allow for greater collaboration between our faculty as they work hard to design new content for our emergent curriculum, as well as offer our students a smaller community-within-a-community. For our teens, we will offer a special Leadership Track program in addition to Confirmation Class with the rabbis.
Using the model of Yachad Family Education that is core to Hevreh’s Religious School community, we will continue to offer families the opportunity to learn and celebrate together throughout the year. Families will be assigned to smaller cohorts to allow for the possibility of in-person gatherings as appropriate, as well as smaller online group experiences which could include film discussions, cooking classes, music classes, using materials and resources sent home for each family.
T’fillah and Hebrew Skills
Prayer, music, and a love for the Hebrew language are core to our Hevreh community. This year, Hebrew Skills students (grades 3-7) will have the option of choosing between 1:1 tutoring, or small group (3-4 students) tutoring on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays.
Additionally, our Religious School families will have the chance to gather for a special monthly Shabbat morning experience online, led by our student cantor and rabbis with participation from students and faculty.
In this year ahead, more than perhaps any other year, we want to lean heavily into the work that our Religious School programs have always done to engender a love for Jewish life. This is a year where finding joy in Jewish holidays, rituals, stories, music, and lifecycle events will be crucial. To that end, our Yachad style programs will evolve to meet the form that the moment demands. In person gatherings may happen in shifts, or Yachad programs may be designed as take home kits with necessary resources and materials.
Our Hebrew faculty remain dedicated to ensuring that our students build a strong foundation for Hebrew reading and comprehension.
In order to facilitate that learning, students will have options for small-group or 1:1 Hebrew tutoring throughout the year, on multiple week days (not solely Wednesdays)
Self Care & Community
Through A Jewish Lens
Responding to Hillel’s first question, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me?”, students and families will explore the Jewish values that provide comfort, hope, and direction for us during challenging times.
Responding to Hillel’s second question, “If I am only for myself, what am I?” students and families will engage in the work of becoming an anti-racist community. This will include a focus on opening ourselves up to the experiences of others, and will rely on a developmentally appropriate “ladder of justice” (echoing Maimonides’ ladder of tzedakah) that invites learners to build an understanding of justice founded on the belief that all human beings are created B’tzelem Elohim (in the image of God), and then, to acknowledging that racism exists, that systemic racism is a problem that we can help to solve, et. Al.