Your Jewish Journey. Together.
Grab your passport and get ready to take off on your very own Jewish adventure with Westside JCC’s JExplorers program. Our goal for each of our explorers (students) is to inspire their curiosity in a fun, interactive and informal environment. Highly trained navigators (teachers) will lead learning expeditions where our explorers will discover Judaism through a cultural lens. Using our unique ‘exploriential’ teaching method, participants will have hands on experiences learning about Jewish holidays and traditions, ethics and values, heritage, history, food, dance, music, art and basic Hebrew concepts. Parents and families will participate in our learning community through field trips with their child, & Shabbat and holiday celebrations.
The program year will begin in September 2016 and conclude in May 2017. Each cohort will meet three times a month; two week days and one Sunday totaling seven hours each month. The week day meetings will focus on the monthly themes (i.e. nature (teva), community (kehila), and repairing the world (tikkun olam), etc…). Sunday will be ‘exploration day’ as our explorers and their parents join us for exciting field trips connected to the learning themes for each month (i.e. tree people hike, cooking class, Pico-Robertson treasure hunt etc…).
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Sample Learning Themes
Nature (Teva): In this unit we will explore what Jewish tradition teaches us about caring for our planet.
• Sample activities: Family hike and picnic in the Santa Monica mountains, visit with the ‘Tree People’, gardening at the JCC, healthy and sustainable cooking class, and a model Tu B’Shevat Seder.
Community (Kehila): In this unit we will explore diversity and pluralism in our Jewish world.
• Sample activities: Family pot luck Shabbat dinner, Charoset from around the world cooking class, learning Jewish music and dance from Sephardic and Ashkenazi traditions, and organize a mock Jewish wedding.
Repairing the World (Tikkun Olam): In this unit we will explore what it means to be a responsible citizen of the world through a Jewish lens.
• Sample activities: Family volunteer day with ‘Operation PBJ’, make your own tzedakah box art project, and a field trip to the Fire Station to meet with real community heroes.
Members join JExplorers for FREE!