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Crossing the River
Crossing the River Pre - Bnai Mitzva Program
CTR 1 - 6th Grade
By the End of CTR Students will Know What Jews Believe:
- About God, our Creator
- About the body and soul (includes death)
- About making mistakes (al chet) and returning to the path (teshuvah)
- About the holiness (kedushah) of Torah
- About our responsibility to each other and to our community - tzedakah, beyt knesset, lifelong learning, creating a holy community
- About the year cycle: ordinary and holy, Shabbat, holy days and the rest of life
- How we honor God's presence - kippah, talit, respectful behavior (derech eretz) to elders, teachers, one another, and also to ourselves
- How we celebrate holy times - with wine/kiddush, breaking bread (motzi), joyous singing, divrei torah (teachings)
- How we honor birth and death (brit, brit habat, tzedakah (giving), gemilut chasadim (acts of kindness), burial rites, shiva visits, etc.
- How we uplift marriage and divorce – chuppah (marriage canopy), breaking the glass, kiddush, making and keeping promises, respectful closure.
- How we treat life passages, such as bar and bat mitzva, conversion, and other joyous times
- How we treat each other
CTR 2 - 7th Grade
During the seventh grade year, students study the wisdom of Torah and examine through a Jewish lens who they are, the kind of adults they want to become, and how the mitzvot can help them achieve their goals.
Woven throughout the course are the following:
- Developing the "Art of the Question" - d’rosh, d’rash
- Understanding discussion from a Jewish point of view. This includes sequential reasoning, the importance of finding comfort with paradox, playing with multiple perspectives, learning how to respectfully disagree, and the love of ideas
- Critical thinking skills from unpacking Torah verses
- Emphasis on building a group container, connecting the students with each other
- Joy of learning Torah
- Finding relevancy in Torah today
- The meaning of letters
- Interpretation of words
Thu, 23 March 2017
25 Adar 5777
Thursday, Mar 23rd 7:00p to 9:00p
4-session class, taught by Walter Katz. March 23, April 6, April 20, May 4. Free and open to the public; donations gratefully accepted.
Shabbat, Mar 25th 4:00p to 5:30p
No prior learning is necessary to engage in Nevei Kodeh’s Torah study. This includes knowing Hebrew or Jewish history. We will meet you exactly where you are! Torah Study is free of charge and open to the public (donations gratefully accepted.)
Wednesday, Mar 29th 6:00p to 7:00p
Building on work with Rabbi Shefa Gold, Ziva Moyal will lead a chant circle. RSVP requested.
Shabbat, Apr 1st 9:30a to 11:00a
For 0-5year-olds, their parents and families.
Friday, Apr 7th 7:00p to 9:00p
Followed by Oneg Shabbat, lovingly sponsored by Michelle Wolf, and by Lolly Gold, in memory of her mother Lillian Gold on the occasion of her yahrzeit.
Tuesday, Apr 11th 5:00p to 10:30p
Join us for 2nd Night Seder! Vegetarian/diary potluck meal; ritual foods included. $18 members; $30 guests; $10 children 5-18; no charge for children under 5. This event always sells out, as space is limited - Register today!