Shalom Explorers

Strong Start for Shalom Explorers

Shalom explorers is kicking into high gear and kids are loving the home-based experiential learning!

If you know kids in k-2, connect their parents with explorers@jewishlearningworks.org to learn more and to sign up for the next session!
Or visit out booth at Israel in Marin this Sunday.

(Photos from Shalom Explorers sessions)

All Over The Bay In A Single Day

It was a busy weekend for Jewish LearningWorks.  We were in the North and South Peninsula, Silicon Valley, East Bay and Marin doing what we do best:
Connecting families to Jewish life
Creating inclusive community
Deepening connections to Israel
Building Jewish literacy
Strengthening our institutions

In Marin, fifteen parents, from three new groups attended a training for the parent-led program, Shalom Explorers where we (Jewish LearningWorks) provides the curriculum and support, but the parents act as teachers for the groups.

  Shalom Explorers Training Session

Shalom Explorers Training Session

Participants from about 10 institutions joined us for the first of our Navigating Difference, Embracing Inclusion: Opening Your Synagogue Door Even Wider seminars, which launched at Temple Sinai. Designed for all synagogue leaders, including congregational rabbis, educators, teachers, board members, staff and lay people, this series supports those who desire to make their organization/community more inclusive.

The final celebration in honor of Jewish Disabilities Month included Family Access Day at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and we ran Exploring the World of Judaism classes at Peninsula Temple SholomTemple Sinai, and Congregation Shir Hadash.

Earlier in the week, the Jewish Community Library hosted a musical presentation of Lilith the Night Demon.

At our Peninsula Learning Center, Pamela Mayer, author of the Jewish children’s book – Don’t Sneeze at the Wedding, led a Story Time & Crafts program for young families, co-sponsored by PJ Library and promoted by our Kesher concierge program.

  Pamela Mayer's reading of her book

Pamela Mayer's reading of her book

   Families working together on arts & crafts projects

 Families working together on arts & crafts projects

Meanwhile, In Berkeley, Ilan Vitemberg, Director, Israel Education Initiative, led a congregational re-envisioning of their school’s Israel education at Congregation Beth El.

There was a lot going on this weekend, and even more coming up next month.
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Have you heard about Shalom Explorers?

It’s a new Approach to Jewish Learning for Families with kids in K-1!

Shalom Explorers gets your kids out and about while making new friends and learning Jewish values and traditions. If your family is looking for a new way to “do Jewish”, we encourage you to check it out.  Marin Shalom Explorers welcomes all Jewish and interfaith families in Marin County regardless of background or membership in any organization. Modeled after Scouting, Shalom Explorers is designed to be led by parents. We give you the tools and support  you need  to guide your group through explorations of stories and values that speak to our daily lives and reinforce important ethics.  

Expect hands-on indoor and outdoor activities which explore friendship, collaboration, open-mindedness, protecting the environment, community, and helping others through art, drama, nature, team-building and At-Home Challenges.  

Sign up now to be part of this FREE pilot session!  

*Groups for k-2 coming in the Fall

For more information please contact Aliya Fastman explorers@jewishlearningworks.org 510 292 9562

This program is provided by Jewish LearningWorks, the Osher Marin JCC, Congregation Kol Shofar and Congregation Rodef Sholom and funded in part by the Covenant Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Shalom Explorers is Here!

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The launch of the new Shalom Explorers program has finally arrived and the wait was well worth it.

We have spent the last few months carefully designing an experience for families with kids in grades K - 2.  We partnered with Urban Adamah in Berkeley, an award winning Jewish urban farm in the East Bay to help us write the most amazing curriculum, and we are now ready to share it with you. 

This January we will be piloting the program with groups in Marin. New Explorer groups will meet over the remaining five months of the school year and as this is the pilot year, participation is free. 

Shalom Explorers is an experiential, home based learning program designed to be led by parents, empowering them to guide the group through explorations of Jewish stories and values that speak to our every day lives and reinforce important ethics.  Being caretakers of the earth, cultivating a sense of gratitude, and respecting the power of words are among the units that make up the Shalom Explorers curriculum.

Shalom Explorers meetings are designed to be accessible to all families, regardless of affiliation, previous education, or religious background.  We are excited to have reached this point and are looking to be in touch with families who are interested in joining. The classes this winter will be for kindergartners and first graders. Second grade will be added with the launch of the full program in Fall 2014.

If you have any questions or just want to chat about the program, contact the new program coordinator Aliya Fastman  explorers@jewishlearningworks.org 510 292 9562

This program is provided by Jewish LearningWorks, the Osher Marin JCC, Congregation Kol Shofar and Congregation Rodef Sholom and funded in part by the Covenant Foundation and the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.