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Program Title

 A Jewish Value: Hospitality

 
Bikkurim - First Fruits Pilgrimage  
Book of the Year  
Book Publishing Project  
Family Book/Video Discussion Group  
God Talk: 2nd Grade Family Program  
Havdalah Hootenanny  
High Holiday Tishrei Fair  
Holiday Museum  
Journey Through Our Jewish Holidays  
Kibbutz Kol Am  
Lag B’Omer Family Adventure  
Names Tell a Story: 5th Grade Workshop  
Pesach Freedom Talk  
Pesach Power  
Planting a Biblical Garden  
Rainbow of Mitzvot; Honoring the Elderly  
Shabbat B’ Bayit (in the Home)  
Shalom Shabbat  
Sing a Song of Shabbat  
Teeks  
Video Pick-A-Pack  
Yad B’Yad - Family Mitzvah Projects  
7th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Workshop  

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Subject: The Value of Hospitality
Target: First Grade Students
Time Frame: Ongoing throughout School Year
Title: A Jewish Value: Hospitality

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Overview: In Jewish theology, hospitality is considered a form of compassion, an act of righteousness (gemilut hasadim) and a legal obligation. In the Torah’s Book of Leviticus (chapter 19:verse 18), we are instructed: “You shall love your companion as yourself.”  In the Passover seder, we recite, ”Let all who are hungry come and eat…”  read more

Subject: First Fruits Pilgrimage
Target: All Members of the Community
Time Frame: 90 minutes
Title: Bikkurim – First Fruits Pilgrimage

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Overview: Shavuot marks the end of the Counting of the Omer and the time the Children of Israel received the Torah. Shavuot is also known as Yom Habikkurim. Bikkurim are the first fruits from the Seven Species i.e., wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. This program focuses on the mitzvah of the First Fruits. read more

Subject: Book of the Year
Target: All Temple Members, Preschool through High School Senior
Time Frame: Ongoing throughout School Year
Title: Book of the Year

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Overview: A book is chosen to promote throughout the congregation.  At Temple Israel  The Seven Good Years and Other Stories by I.L. Peretz (1851-1915) was selected.  These are Yiddish stories which have been translated.  A series of five family programs and additional congregational programs were held over the course of the year.  The theme for all the programs was Yiddish literature and culture.  The book was used as a starting point. read more

Subject: Book Publishing Project
Target: Parents and Children
Time Frame: Ongoing throughout the School Year
Title: Book Publishing Project

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Overview: This project brings families together to take photographs and write captions for those photographs that begin with, “We Believe in G-d Because ----”. Each family submits its best photos and a book is published with 2-3 photos from each participating family. Each family is given two copies of the book. read more
Subject: Family Book/Video Discussion Groups 
Target: Three Age Groups: 5-9; 10-13; 14-18
Time Frame: Ongoing throughout School Year
Title: Family Book & Video Discussion Group

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Overview: This project provides families with background information to discuss prior to reading Judaica books and watching videos. It also provides material to facilitate family discussions while reading/viewing, and it provides questions to discuss after completion of reading/viewing. Group discussions are held after the family discussions are completed. read more

Subject: Understanding the Concept of God
Target: Second Graders and their Families
Time Frame: 2 hours
Title: God Talk: 2nd Grade Family Program

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Overview: Second graders and their families participate in a morning of learning, writing and discussion of God concepts.  They work separately as well as together to understand their own God concept. They are given “God Talk” cards to use at home to initiate discussions. read more
Subject: Family Havdalah Program
Target: Pre-Kindergarten – Kindergarten
Time Frame: 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Title: Havdalah Hootenanny

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Overview: Havdalah Hootenanny provides a fun and learning Havdalah Experience for families. The program will introduce Shabbat (and specifically Havdalah) to families so they become more familiar and comfortable with celebrating Havdalah in their homes. read more
Subject: High Holidays
Target: Families with Children Ages 5-12
Time Frame: 2-1/2 hours
Title: High Holiday Tishrei Fair

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Overview: The Tishrei Fair provides congregants with an educational and interactive morning of activities relating to Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Simchat Torah, and Shemini Atzeret - all the holidays that fall in the month of Tishrei.  The format of the Fair allows participants to move from station to station that focus on the prayers, rituals, values and symbols of the holidays. read more

Subject: Holiday Museum
Target: Preschool through Teens and Parents
Time Frame: Ongoing throughout School Year
Title: Holiday Museum

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Overview: Create hall exhibits that are related to the holidays with displays and materials for families to take home with them. read more

Subject: Journey through our Jewish Holidays
Target: The Whole Congregation
Time Frame: 2-3 Hour Holiday Celebration
Title: Journey through Our Jewish Holidays: 
Enhancing our Families Understanding through Study, Social Action, and Celebration

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Overview: Journey through our Jewish Holidays enhances congregational celebrations and provides opportunities for the participants to learn more about the holiday traditions and mitzvot related to the holidays. Activites focus on new ways to celebrate in their homes. read more
Subject: Intergenerational Religious School
Program
Target: All Who wish to Participate
Time Frame: The Hebrew School Year 
Title: Kibbutz Kol Am

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Overview: Kibbutz Kol Am is an Intergenerational Religious School Program modeled after various schools across the country.  This program helps parents become knowledgeable participants in the Jewish education of their children with the hope that families will spend more time and energy on Jewish activities. Families will have meaningful time together and a source for communication regarding Jewish topics. read more
Subject: Lag B’Omer Family Adventure
Target: Families with Children of any Age
Time Frame: One Day (9:30 am – 4:00 pm)
Title: Lag B’Omer Family Adventure

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Overview: This program creates an understanding of the often neglected Jewish holiday, Lag B’Omer, which falls on the 33rd day of the Omer, the period of time we count between Passover and Shavuot.  read more

Subject: Names Tell a Story - Mitzvah Workshop
Target: Fifth Grade Students and Parents
Time Frame: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes
Title: Names Tell a Story B'nai Mitzvah Workshop

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Overview: Fifth grade families meet to talk about names in context of being called to the Torah for bar/bat mitzvah.  Parents write “the story of your name” letters to their children.  Then together, children and parents create a beautiful name plaque.  read more

Subject: Pesach Freedom Talk
Target: Fourth Grade Students and Parents
Time Frame: Ongoing throughout School Year
Title: Pesach Freedom Talk

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Overview: The story of Pesach serves as the focal point for a discussion of the many aspects of freedom.  read more

Subject: Pesach Power
Target: Families with Children through Middle School
Time Frame: 2 Hours
Title: Pesach Power

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Overview: This is an interactive family game to recreate an exodus and seder experience.
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Subject: Planting a Biblical Garden
Target: Parents and Children
Time Frame: Ongoing throughout the Year
Title: Planting a Biblical Garden

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Overview: Parents and children select the biblical plants, bushes, trees and flowers that they wish to plant on the grounds of the Temple in a Biblical Garden. Each family signs up to water and weed the garden. Families prepare a “show and tell” about their selections. read more

Subject: Mitzvah to Honor the Elderly
Target: Kindergartners and their Families
Time Frame: 2 hours
Title: Rainbow of Mitzvot; Hiddur P’nai Zaken - Honoring the Elderly

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Overview: Rainbow of Mitzvot are grade level mitzvah projects developed to teach each grade level about a specific mitzvah.  The congregation is invited to attend any of these mitzvah projects.  This particular program is planned for families with Kindergarteners and focuses on honoring the elderly.
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Subject: Shabbat in the Home
Target: The Entire Congregation
Time Frame: A Friday Evening
Title: Shabbat B’ Bayit

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Overview: Shabbat B’Bayit means Shabbat in the home. On three different Friday evenings, congregants throughout the community join together in small neighborhood groups to celebrate Shabbat.  Shabbat gatherings consist of 5-8 families, with no more than 20 people at each home. Each Shabbat gathering is hosted, led and organized by members.
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Subject: Shalom Shabbat
Target: All Members of the Community
Time Frame: Several Friday Nights
Title: Shalom Shabbat

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Overview: Shalom Shabbat is a Friday night event at which a singing and dancing Carlebach service is held followed by dinner. Prior to the event, people that sign up receive a free CD of the songs that will be sung as well as a CD of Friday night songs that will be sung at the meal. read more

Subject: Sing a Song of Shabbat
Target: All Segments of the Congregation Interested in the Worship Liturgy
Time Frame: One School Year
Title: Sing a Song of Shabbat

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Overview: Parents and their children share the experience of studying an integral and intimate part of Jewish life together.   A multigenerational chorus of students and their parents learn the prayers and songs of the Friday night service.   
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Subject: Teeks
Target: All Religious School Students, Grades K-3
Time Frame: Ongoing throughout School Year
Title: Teeks

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Overview: A Teek is a bag filled with resources/activities for families to use which tie into the child’s grade level curriculum in Religious School.  Each student gets to take the Teek home and use it with their family for 1-2 weeks. Children then bring it back so other students can take it home. read more

Subject: Video Pick-A-Pack
Target: Preschool through Teens and Parents
Time Frame: Ongoing throughout School Year
Title: Video Pick-A-Pack

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Overview: Backpacks are created that include a videotape/DVD, a parent-child discussion guide and activities to do together as a family.  These backpacks can be checked out of the Temple library.  read more

Subject: Family Mitzvah Program
Target: All congregational families with Concentration on 4th- 8th grade families
Time Frame: October – July
Title: Yad B’Yad (Hand and Hand): Family Mitzvah Program

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Overview: Yad B’Yad (Hand and Hand) consists of 6 different Mitzvah projects that  integrate some of the congregational social action programs already being offered with new mitzvah projects. The overall goal is for each family to continue doing mitzvah projects after this program is completed. read more

Subject: Jewish Values Mitzvah Workshop
Target: 7th Grade Students & their Parents
Time Frame: 2 hours
Title: 7th Grade B'nai Mitzvah Workshop

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Overview: Seventh grade students and their parents discuss Jewish values and their applicability to current events with other participating families. Topics for discussion will change to whatever is current at the time of the workshop. read more