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JEWISH JOURNEY PROJECT (JJP), AKA: "RELIGIOUS SCHOOL"

The Jewish Journey Project Barnert Temple (JJPBT) is NOTHING like "religious school."

Two years ago, we identified a unique opportunity to offer an innovative response to the shifting needs of families.  Jewish Journey Project Barnert Temple, or JJPBT, makes high quality, engaging Jewish education accessible for all.  JJPBT provides rich educational opportunities, within and beyond Barnert’s walls.  Each JJPBT participant plans and builds a personalized journey, choosing courses that match his/her passions and curiosities as well as preferred learning style.  The JJPBT model is based on flexibility, creativity, and experiential learning. Participants work collaboratively with inspiring educators from diverse professional backgrounds.

At JJPBT, we broaden Jewish learning and deepen Jewish living by providing experiences that involve the individual, the family, the synagogue, and the larger Jewish community.

For even more information, go the JJPBT website at www.jjpbt.org.

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CURRICULUM

 

Keren (foundation), the K-2nd Grade Experience

 

Our youngest children meet new friends and get reacquainted with old friends as they explore Jewish holidays, biblical stories, Jewish foods, mitzvot, and beginner Hebrew. They grow comfortable and familiar with Barnert, in all the spaces of their Jewish home.

Ikar (core), the 3rd-6th Grade Experience

Our 3rd through 6th graders strengthen core Jewish identities by creating strong relationships with friends, teachers and clergy, and by experiencing Judaism through distinct pathways using multiple learning modalities. They work with a JJPBT advisor who helps them to customize courses through the year. Options include creating wood design and building items found in Torah, learning about social justice, Jewish holiday cooking, and comparing the story of Creation with the science of the Big Bang.

B’nai Mitzvah, the 7th Grade Experience

In 7th grade, students strengthen chanting and reading Hebrew, collaborating in class with friends. They work on Mitzvah Missions together in a Donation Creation Station, crafting items to donate around the world. They learn about the Holocaust, hearing stories of survivors, and challenge each other as they explore Jewish teachings on ethics.

Preparing to become a bar/bat mitzvah is a milestone for adolescents and their families. It can also be a transformative moment for parents, reinvigorating or redefining their relationship with Judaism. Our clergy and staff are with you every step of the way.

 

Each student preparing to become bar/bat mitzvah receives a copy of Guidelines in the form of a binder that provides tools for navigating the process. 

Fri, August 17 2018 6 Elul 5778