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Program

As a backdrop, Kol Ami/Neshamah staff are given formulated curriculum (called the URJ CHAI Curriculum) designed by expert Jewish educators. This comprehensive curriculum provides the learning goals and suggestions for content of instruction. Our teachers have been trained to make use of the themes from this series and adapt them to create highly interactive, child-centred programs.  

This curriculum is divided into 3 cycles:
•    Cycle 1: Torah/bible stories
•    Cycle 2: Avodah/Worship - blessings, prayers and Jewish lifecycle
•    Cycle 3: Gemilut Chasadim-  tzedakah, tikun olam, ethics and acts of loving kindness

Our Learning Matrix

 Torah 

 Topics 

 Themes

Genesis

 Creation

Miracle of creation; B’tzelem elolhim, what it means to be made in God’s image and the uniqueness of each person on earth. We will explore ways in which we relate to and ask questions about God.

 

Adam and Eve 

Choices and consequences of actions

 

Noa

Covenant; Preservation of the earth and inhabitants

 

Matriarchs/Patriarchs 

Leadership, community, sacrifice and family

 

Jacob/Esau 

Peace; Sibling rivalry

 

Joseph

Feelings and actions affect how we lead; Forgiveness

Exodus

The story of Egypt 

Jewish peoplehood; Slavery and modern day oppression; Treating people with respect; Being chosen; Finding God; Laws and rules

Deuteronomy

The desert 

Nomadic life; Applying the rules; 12 tribes of Israel and membership in community; Land of Israel

Avodah

Topics

Themes

 

Jewish Lifecycle

How do we make the most out of Jewish time; Jewish time denoted by it own rhythms: the lunar calendar sets its pace, but traditions, customs, ritual and laws as prescribed in sacred texts shape how we understandand undertake their practice.

 

Worship, blessing and prayer

Keva and kavanah, the fixed order of worship and the personal intention we bring to prayer; To thank, praise and extol in Judaism for the abundances in our lives and for the awe of creation.

 

Ritual/Symbols 

The identifiers, shapes that shape our lives.

 

Jewish Symbols:

Magen david, Israeli flag, hamsa etc.

 

Shabbat

Making the ordinary holy; Tying into the theme of Holiness, we will experience how Shabbat can be different things for different people.

Gemilut Chasadim/Ethics    

Topics 

Themes:

 

Caring for the homeless

Mercy

 

Caring for the environment/do not destroy

Justice, Truth

 

Caring for the elderly

Providing access/ not placing stumbling blocks, Humility

 

Caring for animals

Kindness

 

Honouring Parents/elders

Being slow to anger, Peace

 

Love your neighbour/ Helping others

Idle gossip, Revenge, Modesty, Repentance

 

Welcoming guests

Joy, Loyalty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
                                

Tue, October 16 2018 7 Cheshvan 5779