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at Temple Sinai of North Dade

JPaL is where kids come to play, learn, pray, explore and make friends. We have fun learning and living Jewishly and can't wait to share that with you! Come be our JPaL!

 
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Our youngest learners love celebrating with their families and friends and so our Shorashim program focuses on family learning. Shorashim (K-1) meet one Friday evening a month, one Saturday morning a month, and one Sunday morning a month. The whole family comes to all of these gatherings. In addition, we gather one afternoon each week for more learning fun.

 

GOALS:

  • To nurture friendships and a sense of community amongst young families

  • To celebrate Jewish living in a hands-on, experiential manner

  • To encourage "take-out Judaism"' Judaism that can be taken from the temple into families' homes​

THE DETAILS

Shababa is a family-based Shabbat program that meets once a month on a Friday evening from 5pm-7pm at the temple or one of our local state parks. These sessions include a pot-luck or picnic dinner, short Shabbat service with a PJ library story and a hands-on activity.

 

Playground Shabbat meets one Saturday morning a month from 10am-12pm on the temple playground and invites families to share Shabbat morning together with challah, grape juice and friends.

 

Join us one Sunday a month for our Mitzvah Makers program. We'll choose a different mitzvah each month and learn how, no matter how big or small, we can all make a difference in the world.

We also gather each Monday afternoon (3:30-4:30pm) for more learning fun with a focus on Hebrew, Israel, and Jewish culture.

 

Families are also actively engaged in temple-wide family programming including Sukkah Sunday, Simchat Torah, and the Purim celebration.

 

Nitzanim and Kochavim are all about finding the joy in Judaism and using all of our senses to experience and grow. Nitzanim (2nd-3rd) meet Sunday mornings from 10am-12pm on campus and online for one session during the week.

GOALS:

  • To create a joyful Jewish learning environment

  • To engage children in hands-on learning experiences

  • To create a sense of “kehillah” (community) amongst children

  • To make temple and Judaism “cool”

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THE DETAILS

Machaneh is a camp-like environment in which Nitzanim (2-3) and Kochavim (4-5) engage in experiential learning much like they do at Jewish camps. Machaneh includes hands-on activities like gardening, sports, arts and crafts, drama and more. Each activity is crafted with a focus on Hebrew language and Jewish values education with an eye toward the Jewish calendar and parshat hashavua.

 

Chevruta means “partnership.” In Chevruta, students meet once a week, in small groups with a teacher for intensive 20-30 minute sessions focusing on Hebrew learning in the JPaL at Home Zoom room.

In between sessions, students will continue and deepen their learning through jpal.onlineJpal.online, our online learning portal, allows children to work at their own pace toward learning goals, earn virtual badges, and compete against themselves to grow each week.

Our Nitzanim and Kochavim families will also be invited to participate in family holiday programs throughout the year.

 
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Nitzanim and Kochavim are all about finding the joy in Judaism and using all of our senses to experience and grow. Kochavim (4th-5th) meet Sunday mornings from 10am-12pm on campus and online for one session during the week.

GOALS:

  • To create a joyful Jewish learning environment

  • To engage children in hands-on learning experiences

  • To create a sense of “kehillah” (community) amongst children

  • To make temple and Judaism “cool”

THE DETAILS

Machaneh is a camp-like environment in which Nitzanim (2-3) and Kochavim (4-5) engage in experiential learning much like they do at Jewish camps. Machaneh includes hands-on activities like gardening, sports, arts and crafts, drama and more. Each activity is crafted with a focus on Hebrew language and Jewish values education with an eye toward the Jewish calendar and parshat hashavua.

 

Chevruta means “partnership.” In Chevruta, students meet once a week, in small groups with a teacher for intensive 20-30 minute sessions focusing on Hebrew learning in the JPaL at Home Zoom room.

In between sessions, students will continue and deepen their learning through jpal.onlineJpal.online, our online learning portal, allows children to work at their own pace toward learning goals, earn virtual badges, and compete against themselves to grow each week.

Our Nitzanim and Kochavim families will also be invited to participate in family holiday programs throughout the year.

 
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SULAM means “ladder” and reminds us of the ladder in Jacob’s dream. As our 6th and 7th grade children and families prepare to celebrate Bar/Bat Mitzvah, SULAM helps them to Seek, Uncover, Learn, Act and Marvel. Nachshonim (6th-7th) meet Sunday mornings from 10am-12pm on campus and online for one session during the week. Nachshonim families also participate in a series of Family Programs in preparation for celebrating Bar/Bat Mitzvah. 

GOALS:

  • To prepare children to master the skills needed to participate in their bar/bat mitzvah celebration and to feel a sense of accomplishment in mastering those skills

  • To nurture meaningful relationships with the clergy of Temple Sinai

  • To build a community of learners as families prepare to celebrate bar/bat mitzvah

  • To prepare families for the challenges and opportunities that bar/bat mitzvah presents

THE DETAILS

The Ulpan (intensive Hebrew) program meets from 10-11am on Sunday mornings and includes a virtual chevruta “check-in” (see below) during the week.

From 11-12pm students participate in a series of intensives with the clergy aimed at preparing students for bar/bat mitzvah and lifelong engagement with Jewish living and learning.

 

After Nachshonim students celebrate their bar/bat mitzvah they transition to be Madrichim-in-training for the Machaneh program on Sunday mornings.

 

In between sessions, students will continue and deepen their learning through mitzvahmission.com, our year-long mitzvah challenge website just for b’nei mitzvah.

Chevruta means “partnership.” In Chevruta, students meet once a week, in small groups with a teacher for intensive 20-30 minute sessions focusing on Hebrew decoding and reading in the JPaL at Home Zoom room.

 

Nachshonim engage in Family Learning as they prepare to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah as well. Programs include a Fall Family Shabbaton (6th), Ties that Bind and Remind (Early Winter), T’fillah Time (Late Winter), and Mitzvah Means Commandment (Early Spring).