Jewish Learning at Kadima
Educational programming at Kadima offers opportunities for community members to engage in a journey of learning and personal growth. Members of all ages are challenged to think, question, and contribute creatively to our common journey.
Kadima School is for young people ages 0-18 and the adults who love them, as well as all members of our community. We support individuals to lead proud, self-determined, informed Jewish lives. Our educational model is grounded in (but not anchored) to the past, while incorporating lessons and pedagogy from the movements of today to co-create a beautiful future together.
Kadima School centers our community around young people and adults, both as learners and educators. We integrate our everyday lives with Judaism and Jewishness, and work to build a better world while wrestling with the current issues of our time. We incorporate lessons from models of pedagogy such as Constructivism, Experiential Education, Anti-Racist Organizing, Reggio Emilia Approach, Project-Based Education, Jewish Life and Learning Approach, Anti-bias Curriculum, Playback Theater, Democratic Classrooms and Social Contract Theory. Together, we meet at a co-created nexus of reality, hope, and healing, to provide tools for today's change-makers and tomorrow's new-community builders.
Kadima School meets two Shabbat (Saturday) mornings per month. We begin on September 17, 2016 and conclude on June 3, 2017. During these Shabbatot, young people ages 0-2, and the adults who love them, participate in programming - song and stories - from 9:15 - 10:15 am. Ages 3 - 12 will gather for team learning from 9 - 10:30 am. Adults will have a variety of learning opportunities from 9 - 10:30 am, including a focus on areas of tikkun olam, and building a world of justice. At 10:30 am, everyone joins together for Kadima community tefillah - a reconstructed approach to Jewish world-building through word, movement, and song. These Shabbatot are Kadima's primary Saturday morning offerings and we encourage all community members to show up and participate.
Our Hebrew-focused program meets on Tuesday evenings from 5:45 - 8 pm. The students work for one hour in small Hebrew-learning-level groups to advance language skills toward goals of Jewish leadership. We have a combined focus on basic modern conversational Hebrew, liturgy comfort and reconstruction, and fluency in reading from the Torah and Jewish sacred texts.
Kadima celebrates b'nei mitzvah, the rite of passage ceremony for entering Jewish adulthood, for young people ages 11-13. The work will culminate with a ceremony customized for the family and the young person entering into Jewish adulthood. We ask that students be enrolled in Kadima school a full year before their b'nei mitzvah year is to begin, as well as attending Kadima Saturday and Tuesday school during their b'nei mitzvah year. We also request that the family work with a madrich/a who will guide the individual in learning their Torah portion, while preparing them to lead the service. On Tuesday evenings, in addition to an hour of Hebrew practice, there is a one hour b'nei mitzvah class. This class provides a safe space for emerging Jewish adults to explore Jewish debates about and approaches to various ethical and moral dilemmas, identity gate-keeping, and Jewish practice.
Questions? Contact Rabbi David Basior, Education Director at email@example.com