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. We support young Jews and emerging Jewish adults to lead proud, self-determined, informed Jewish lives. Our educational model is grounded in (but not anchored to) tradition and history while incorporating lessons and pedagogy from the movements of today to co-create a beautiful future together.
Kadima School empowers individuals to be the Jewish leaders in their own lives and households. Part and parcel of our Kadima Shabbat Morning program, Kadima School is where our young people learn, develop, and create community while our community of adults engages in spiritual practice, learning, and empowerment activities to become the primary leaders, facilitators, and decision makers in their households and the Kadima community.
Our fabulous faculty has experience in a variety of methods and theories including, but not limited to, 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. Our skilled and devoted teachers work collaboratively to model the community building and lifelong learning we value our students incorporating into their lives.
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 Shabbat School meets two Saturday mornings per month - the first, third, and occasional fifth Saturday mornings of the month from 9:30 am-12 noon followed by a community lunch and optional afternoon activities for all ages. During Kadima Shabbat School, we offer interactive, community-based learning for young people in mixed-age learning cohorts from newborns (with their adults) through 8th grade. Adults gather for Saturday morning shacharit services on the first Saturday morning of the month and for adult Jewish empowerment learning on the third Saturday morning of the month. Shabbat School is required for at least one year prior to bnei mitzvah as well as the year of one’s bnei mitzvah unless special arrangements are made. It is also required for participation in Kadima Tuesday School.
Kadima Tuesday School meets weekly on Tuesday afternoon/evenings and offers our Cultural Arts curriculum. These courses are available for 3rd-12th graders and is a requirement for bnei mitzvah preparations. Our Cultural Arts program focuses on language skills (Hebrew with options for Arabic, Yiddish and Ladino based on interest) as well as integrating skill learning in art, craft, music, movement, philosophy, text, and leadership with Judaism.
Kadima celebrates bnei mitzvah, the rite of passage ceremony for entering Jewish adulthood, for young people (12+) and adults (all ages). The work process takes two years from start-to-finish and culminates with a ceremony customized for the individual, family, and community. We ask that students be enrolled in Kadima school a full two years before their bnei mitzvah. 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. A full rounded bnei mitzvah prep process with Kadima will look like a two year plan with the student enrolled in Kadima school on Shabbat and Tuesdays as well as the family and adults in the student’s life becoming a part of the Kadima community and engaging in adult learning and services on Saturday morning and Tuesdays as able.
Questions? Contact Rabbi David Basior, Education Director at firstname.lastname@example.org