Jul 29, 2010

Check out our innovative Jewish program for your Kindergartener!

Edah @ Congregation Netivot Shalom
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Edah is designed to be a vibrant and integral aspect of participating families lives and will be open to the entire Bay Area community, regardless of synagogue affiliation status.  It will be lead by Shalom Rosenberg (see bio below) who is responsible for program development and implementation and staffed by madrichim and enrichment specialists as needed.

EDAH: a community of Jewish learning and doing
Welcome to a new, innovative model of complementary Jewish Education!  The 2010-2011 Edah program, a new part of the cutting-edge CNS Hebrew School, includes learning experiences with several concurrent features: learner-centered; project based; experiential; individual and group activities; Hebrew, Jewish values, and Jewish text integrated throughout; parent education; and family learning.  Edah learners will realize our program's goals in age appropriate ways.  By the end of 5th grade, participating children will:
· have a positive Jewish identity
· know Hebrew language, Jewish tradition, and Jewish values
· be capable of engaging in Jewish ritual and communal life.

There will be two Edah "Open House" events in August. The first will be on Sunday, August 8th from 10 -11:30am and the second will be on Monday, August 23rd from 4-5:30pm.  Email youth@netivotshalom.org for more information! 

2010-2011 Edah Program Features Include:  Each day will begin (1:30*-3:30) with free choice learning centers, Hebrew literacy activities, text study, and small group work on particular skill building. This will accommodate a variety of start times for kids depending on when their particular school day ends.  Physical activity (sports, dance, etc.), visual and performing arts, music, cooking, Hebrew language, Israel (culture, geography, history), Jewish text study will be incorporated throughout the program.  The second half of each day (3:30-5:30 p.m.) of the week will include specialized foci: project based learning** related to Torah, tefillah, chagim, outdoor/environmental education, Hebrew language study, Shabbat preparation.  Family education programs and Shabbat programming (either Friday p.m. or Saturday afternoon/evening depending on season) will take place once a month. Throughout the year participants will engage in"school's out" day-long programming on selected secular holidays and public school professional development/conference days and Jewish holiday programming.  Once a year programmatic elements will include a beginning of the year "kick-off" retreat and three weeks of day camp (one winter week, one spring week, one summer week).
* Exact start time will be set in accordance with relevant East Bay school schedules. We will offer transportation from schools to CNS--transportation options are currently being investigated.  
** For more information on Project Based Learning see http://www.bie.org/about/what_is_pbl

Meet Shalom Rosenberg, Edah Director / Lead Educator

Shalom Rosenberg has been a Jewish Educator for the past decade and has taught in Jewish schools, camps, and
ShalomR2organizations of all denominations on both coasts of the United States. In addition to being the new Edah Program Director and Youth Advisor at Congregation Netivot Shalom, Shalom also teaches adults and older children at Congregation Emanu El in San Francisco.
Prior to this year, Shalom taught at the Palo Alto JCC, the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, Shaar Zahav, Emanu El San Francisco, JCC Manhattan, Kane Street Synagogue, Park Avenue Synagogue, Shaaray Tefila, the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, and the Wilshire Boulevard Temple Camps in Malibu.
Shalom graduated from Brooklyn College where he studied Film and Education. He was a member of the Ford Colloquium, an interdisciplinary branch of the Honors Academy and was also active in Hillel, Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity (Philanthropy Chairman and Pledge Master), HaTikvah Magazine (Editor in Chief), Excelsior Newspaper (Senior Editor), and the Jewish Film Society, which he founded in 1999.
Shalom is a native New Yorker who moved to the Bay Area last year.  He grew up as the son of an Orthodox rabbi and is married to Adam Rosenwasser, a Reform Rabbi at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. Shalom sees teaching as way to bring people and families together. He has many passions-from teaching about Judaism and Hebrew to film studies to pop culture to reading to travel and more. He enjoys his new home in California with Adam and their pets, Shachar the cat and Phaedra the puppy.
Shalom is thrilled to be joining this wonderful community and looks forward to many years of learning and growing together!  You can reach Shalom at youth@netivotshalom.org.