FROM DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Dear Religious School Families,
I am delighted to begin my second year as the Director of Education at Kehillat Ma’arav. Over the summer, we revisited some of our curriculum and materials in order to keep up with all of the innovative programming that is available, keeping our KM Religious School on the cutting edge of Jewish education.
You have chosen Kehillat Ma’arav to be the place where your children learn Jewish values and Torah. We take your trust in us very seriously, and acknowledge our responsibility in ensuring that Religious School be a safe and inviting place filled with meaningful experiences and Jewish learning. Our team of educators, including our Vice Principal, Masha Savitz, and our wonderful faculty, continue to go above and beyond what is expected of them, allowing our children to thrive in a loving Jewish environment. Each of our teachers is available to communicate with you regarding your children and their specific needs.
Our dedicated Rabbi and Cantor continue to be involved and support our Religious School as well as the entire KM staff who work tirelessly behind the scenes. As a result of this committed team, we are able to provide our students and families with all the wonderful activities and programs planned for the year.
Kehillat Ma’arav strives to help our children develop positive attitudes toward being Jewish. One goal is to enhance their Jewish identification to not only their synagogue affiliation but to further enhance their Jewish identity into the home, by working with the entire family. All parents are encouraged to get involved in family education because we believe that through cooperation, family supporting school and school supporting family, we can teach our children and families that Jewish living and values are an important part of their lives.
Our Education Committee, headed up by Valerie Bono, Heather Moses and Andrew Lippman, play a monumental role in all our schools efforts. We would like to encourage our parents to join our Education Committee, as we believe that it is as partners that we will be successful in instilling a love of Judaism for our children.
This year we have begun to reenergize our Madrichim program. We now have 6 teen assistants helping us out in the Religious School. These teen assistants (Madrichim) play an essential role to the Religious Schools overall success. Todah Rabah to our enthusiastic and hardworking team of Madrichim!
- We are very excited to introduce our new High School program for 8th-10th graders called “Westside Chai” on Sunday, August 18th at our Pool Party Kick-Off Event at Stavi Kuba’s house (5:30-8:00 pm). Please contact the synagogue office (310) 829-0566 to get the Kuba’s address. Our new “Westside Chai” will be meeting at KM on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 pm. Weekly dinner, snacks and USY membership are included! You do not need to be a member of KM to join our Westside Chai High School program which is open to all teens on the Westside.
- We received a Grant to start a brand new Toddler Parent and Me Program. This program will meet weekly and is for parents/guardians and toddlers (18 months- 3yrs).
- Did someone say KM Kids? Please pass the word around; we will be starting a brand new KM Kids for children ages 3-5. Please contact the office for class schedules.
Mark Your Calendars!
- Congregational Shabbat Open Houses: Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd.
Open to members and prospective members with potential Religious School and/or Pre-School aged children. Shabbat fun for all ages!
- First day of Religious School, Parent Orientation and Open House! Sunday, August 18th from 9:00 am-1:30 pm.
First day of school and Parent Orientation beginning at 9:00am. Join the rest of the KM community for delicious food, drinks and fun!
- Back-To-School-Day Sunday, October 6th. Your children would have already been in school for a month and a half and I’m sure you will have plenty of questions! This wonderful morning will allow for you to meet your child’s teacher and find out about the curriculum and all the excitement that is happening in the Religious School.
- Mid-Year Parent/Teacher Conferences on Sunday, January 26th. This morning is designed to allow our parents the opportunity to meet their child’s teacher individually in order to review their child’s progress, behavior and accomplishments.
I feel privileged and blessed to be part of such a warm community of friends, with supportive families who share the same mission and vision for our Religious School. Once again, thank you for entrusting us with your children’s Jewish education.
Please remember Religious School and High School registration is underway… be sure to fill out your forms and return them to the KM office.
The Religious School would like to wish you a year filled with the wealth of Jewish teachings and traditions.
Sharone Weizman, M.Ed.
Director of Education
Rabbi: Michael Gotlieb
Director of Education: Sharone Weizman, M.A. Ed
Vice Principal: Masha Savitz
Phone: (310) 829-0566
Address: 1715 21st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Toddler Parent and Me (18 mo. – 3yrs)
PLEASE CONTACT OFFICE FOR CLASS SCHEDULE
KM Kids (3-5yrs):
PLEASE CONTACT OFFICE FOR CLASS SCHEDULE
K-1st Grade: Tuesday, 4:00-6:00pm
2nd-7th Grade: Tuesday, 3:45-6:30pm
2nd-7th Grade: 1 Sunday a month, 9:00-12:30pm
2nd-7th Grade: 1 Saturday a month, 11:00-12:00pm
8th-10th Grade: Tuesday, 6:00-8:00pm
Family/Holiday Programs: PLEASE SEE CALENDAR
Ask The Rabbi Time: Rotating Sunday programs with Rabbi Gotlieb
2012-2013 (5773) Kehillat Ma’arav Parent Back-To-School Orientation Packet
2013-2014 (5774) Kehillat Ma’arav Parent Back-To-School Orientation Packet (Coming Soon)
KM Religious School 2012-2013/5773 Brochure
KM Religious School 2013-2014/5774 Brochure (Coming Soon)
Vision for KM Religious School
The KM Religious School vision is to expand the mind and open the soul, endowing each child with a passion for lifelong learning, and a fundamental appreciation of what it means to be Jewish in today’s world, affording students the opportunity to study God, Torah, Israel, Mitzvot, Jewish holidays, culture and history. The process of being a lifelong learner is essential for the survival of the Jewish people. Our KM Religious School is committed to its students and families to develop the love of Jewish learning not only as a student, but also as a Jewish adult. It will address the ideas of family education and bridging the gap between school, home, and community by providing immeasurable commitment to family education and lifelong learning.
We believe that our students should begin their Jewish education as a toddler and remain in school through Confirmation and Hebrew High School. Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah does not mark the conclusion of one’s studies, rather it indicates acceptance of the adult responsibility of continued study. That is why we developed a brand new Toddler, KM Kids and High School program, “Westside Chai” at KM for the 2013-2014 year.
Our KM Religious School will provide a safe place for kids, a sense of belonging and community, and innovative learning styles including curriculum that synthesizes the arts, affective and cognitive ideas, as well as informal and formal experiences. Students will be taught the richness and beauty of their diverse Jewish heritage, traditions, and Hebrew language through prayer and basic conversational Hebrew. Each student will grow to understand and appreciate his or her Jewish identity, culture, religion, heritage and sense of self within a larger Jewish community.
Director of Education Sharone Weizman
Ms. Sharone Weizman has received her M.A. in Education, B. Lit in Hebrew Letters, and BA in Jewish Studies, from the University of Judaism (AJU) in Los Angeles, CA., where she graduated Suma Cum Laude. Ms. Weizman has 20+ years of experience as a Jewish educator in both formal and informal settings, including: director of education, education director, March of the Living Director, school administrator, teacher, curriculum developer, youth group director and advisor, family and adult educator, summer camp/retreat leader and counselor. She has an extensive knowledge of Judaism including prayer, history, Torah and Israel, and speaks Hebrew fluently. She places a strong emphasis on active learning techniques and experiential education for the school’s curriculum and programming because she believes it is through interactive experiences that positive Jewish memories are formed.
Vice Principal Masha Savitz
With 25+ years of experience as a Jewish educator, Masha has a Masters in Rabbinic studies from the University of Judaism (AJU) and a BFA in art from BU; she combines creativity and Torah learning. Masha has published Kabbalah curriculum with Torah Aura, and is currently involved in media projects which she is eager to involve the KM school and community.
KM Religious School is guided by a traditional, yet progressive curriculum. Our teachers use the most modern and time-tested techniques in classroom management and curriculum presentation for our Toddler-High School students.
Our Spiral Curriculum, selected Core Topics, are reintroduced at deeper cognitive levels as students advance to higher grades. These topics focus on Torah, God and Israel, including: Hebrew literacy and conversational Hebrew, Jewish text study, Jewish history, Mitzvot and holidays. Our textbooks are carefully selected each year to augment and enhance our curriculum and to engage our students.
We integrate informal learning with formal education at all grade levels, including music and art activities and family educational programs. Our KM Religious School has been developed to assist our children in becoming more knowledgeable about their Jewish heritage in a fun, safe and supportive environment. Our goal is that each of our students is proud of his or her Jewish identity.
TODDLER PARENT AND ME (18 months – 3 yrs)
This program embraces parents with their toddlers in a nurturing and fun Jewish environment. Rich in values and practice; parent and child will experience Jewish life and community while making new friendships. Each session will be filled with movement, songs, play and story time.
KM KIDS (3-5yrs)
KM Kids create a festive Shabbat table every week with prayers, candles, challah, songs and storytelling. Children will learn about holidays and customs through arts and crafts, drama/ dress-up, singing and dancing. Together we will experience real Shabbat magic that lasts all week long.
KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE
Learning explodes in the classroom as children become familiar with the aleph bet, holidays and Torah stories. Age appropriate activities including music, art, and games will bring Judaism to life. Students come home with beautiful handmade ritual objects, a budding Hebrew vocabulary and lots of joy.
KEHILLAT MA’ARAV RELIGIOUS SCHOOL POD SYSTEM
All students in grades 2 – 7 will have an opportunity to study with three wonderful professional teachers, each of who specialize in a particular subject area.
*Pod core subjects include:
A) HEBREW/ ISRAEL
Reading, writing, reading prayers, vocabulary, study of ancient and modern Israel
B) HISTORY / TORAH STUDY / JEWISH VALUES
Parashat Hashuvua, Biblical Narratives, Jewish Heroes, Kashrut, Ten Commandments, Jewish Values, Jewish Life Cycle, Jewish Ethics, God, Ancient and Modern Jewish History
C) TEFILLA (PRAYER) / HEBREW SONGS / HOLIDAYS / BRACHOT (BLESSINGS) / MITZVOT
Holiday celebrations, Jewish customs and rituals, Shabbat morning service, Torah service, Friday evening service, prayers/blessings for meals and holidays, Hebrew songs
High School (8th-10th Grade)
Students study with facilitators weekly (Ethical Issues, Current Events, Hot Topics, Israel, God, Torah) on a deeper cognitive level post B’nai Mitzvah. Program includes dinner and USY membership. Please see our High School Brochure for more details.
Hebrew Tutoring Program
Students in 4th-7th Grade who need assistance in mastering Hebrew and Tefillah are invited to an additional class being offered on Thursdays. This class will be offered at differentiated learning instruction to meet the needs of each learner.
B’nai Mitzvah Preparation
Students prepare weekly for 10 months with a B’nai Mitzvah tutor, mastering all of the appropriate blessings. The last 3 months of their training will be individualized with Cantor Cohen. Finally, family sessions with Rabbi Gotlieb will help students focus candidates’ D’var Torah/speech.
We offer a Trope program on Thursday afternoons led by our Cantor for our 6th and 7th graders who have an interest in learning Trope. This lifelong skill will help our students to master their B’nai mitzvah experience and provide them with Torah chanting skills for the rest of their lives.
Tuesday Evening Services
Parents are invited to attend Tuesday evening services during RS from 6:00-6:30 pm with their children in Grades 2-7. We offer interactive services with our students in each grade leading the prayers. We often stop to discuss the prayers and their relevance in the service. Every week we begin with either a story or lesson on the weekly Torah portion. Don’t miss out on these engaging family experiences! Our Rabbi, Cantor and staff are all involved in these wonderful services.
Sunday Morning Shacharit Services
Our families and students will pray together as a Kehilla (community) once a month on Sunday mornings. These enriching interactive Shacharit services will include prayer, song, Torah Study and morning rituals.
Camp Ramah – Shabbaton
Students in grades 4-7 will also have a fantastic Shabbaton experience at Camp Ramah in Ojai, where sports, hikes, and activities take place alongside prayer services and discussions as part of our school enrollment.
All parents are encouraged to get involved in family education because we believe that through cooperation, family supporting school and school supporting family, we can teach our children that Jewish living is an important part of their lives. Because we care about our families, we will try to be sensitive to your needs and desires by encouraging parent involvement, support and feedback. We offer a variety of grade-level Family Holiday programs, school-wide programming, Shabbat dinners and lunches. These informal educational experiences engage the entire family in lifelong learning.
Tot Shabbat: 11am-12pm – (ages 3-7 yrs. old)
This wonderful program introduces children to Shabbat rituals and songs with activities designed especially for our youngest congregants. Shabbat sensitive arts and crafts, stories and prayer round out the children’s activities including a visit to the main Sanctuary to march with stuffed Torahs!
Shabbat Club: 11am-12pm, Grades 3-7
This fantastic program strengthens prayer skills and offers dynamic discussions on compelling Jewish topics relevant to older students. Discussion, debate and ice cream are always included with Torah study.
Shabbat Unplugged: 11-12pm, Grades 3-7 (once a month)
Shabbat is the time to unplug yourself from your daily routine. We will “plug” a mystery guest for our Shabbat Unplugged program. Whether you like music, drama or debate, Shabbat Unplugged will have something engaging for everyone with sweets to welcome Shabbat!
Youth Lounge: 12-1:30pm
Shabbat snacks and games for everyone!
Religious School Students who attend one Shabbat a month or 8 total for the school year, will be invited to a Mid-Year and End-of-the-Year Ice Cream Sundae Party, as well as an End-of-the-Year surprise!
The benefits your child will gain from attending these Shabbat programs are immeasurable! To name a few: making friends that may not be in their regular Religious School classes, learning the weekly Torah portion and Jewish values, achieving an overall mastery of the prayers which they need in order to advance, and the benefit of fulfilling the Mitzvah of Avodah (worship).
Ohr L’Olam (A Light to the World)
Ohr L’Olam (Tikkun Olam) being a light to the world, is a fundamental concept in Judaism. Our students are involved in many Ohr L’Olam projects throughout the year. Each Grade will participate in an enriching Ohr L’Olam Program both at KM and in the Greater community.
Kadima and USY
These Youth Group opportunities provide a chance for students to meet, interact and have fun with one another at AWESOME monthly activities and events. Our activities this year will include an array of fun social events such as: weekend retreats, karaoke, dances, pool parties, amusement parks, limo scavenger hunt, kinusim, SATO – Social Action Tikkun Olam, visit to Sky High Sports and other activity centers, and much more!
There are no additional membership fees for KM Religious School students. However, each event will require a small fee to cover costs and entrance fees. Feel free to come out to try a few events or if you enjoy it, which we are sure you will, ALL of the events! We look forward to seeing everyone!
Kadima: (Grades 4-6)
JR. USY (Grades 7-8)
Sr. USY (Grades 9-12)
Contact Information: Cindy Roth (Kadima & USY Youth Director)
310-829-0566 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
KEHILLAT MA’ARAV RELIGIOUS SCHOOL CALENDAR 2013/2014 (5774) COMING SOON!