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Youth Learning and Engagement

Gan HaLimud: Garden of Learning ("The Gan")

Shmita Gimel begins Sunday, April 25!

Registration for Shimta Gimel of The Gan 2020-2021 / 5781 begins here.

We encourage you to explore The Gan with our  Gan Overview, Values-Based Curriculum, Hebrew Approach, and The Gan FAQ. You can view the January 6, 2020 Gan Town Hall here as well as the Shmita Bet FAQ.

Please send any questions to Reyna Abraham or Rabbi Jason Levine.

Schedule for the Year
(The Gan is virtual-only until further notice.)
Dates include both Sunday and Midweek sessions.
August 20 - September 27: Elul Informal & Immersive
October 4 - November 19: 1st Shmita & Siyum (7 Weeks)
November 22 - January 3: Winter Informal & Immersive
January 10 - February 28: 2nd Shmita & Siyum (7 Weeks) (Mid-Winter Break from Feb. 14-18)
March 7 - April 18: Pesach Informal & Immersive
April 25 - June 10: 3rd Shmita & Siyum (7 Weeks)
June 13 - June 22: Transition to Summer

During Each Shmita
PreK-3rd Grade: 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
4th Grade - 7th Grade: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Madrichim (8th - 12th Grade) will be present for whenever their grade meets.

Midweek Tracks
5:15 PM - 6:45 PM
Tuesdays: 10th - 12th Grade
Wednesdays: 7th - 9th Grade
Thursdays: 4th - 6th Grade

Tracks Offered During Shmita Gimel

Our Shmita Gimel Track Offerings were chosen based on your feedback in the surveys!

Exploring Jewish Community and Resilience through the lens of Graphic Art

Using “Graphic Art” and artists as a launchpad, students will explore how artists portray Jews and Jewish values, how the graphic novel genre has an impact on the Jewish Community, and create their own artistic rendering or graphic novel that exemplifies a community value that is most important to them.
Exploring Jewish Community and Resilience through the lens of STEM

Looking at both Jewish scientists and the scientific community both in our world and as inspiration for fictional worlds, students will explore how STEM subjects impact and are impacted by Jewish values—and even participate in some of their own projects and experiments!

Exploring Jewish Community and Resilience connecting History to Today 

Looking through the lens of our current world, students will explore Jewish heroes of the past and today—both real and fictional--and discuss their impact on Jewish community building. Utilizing historical documents, Jewish texts, current events, and discussion, students will participate in debates and more about the important role resilience and heroism play in community development.
Exploring Jewish Community and Resilience through the lens of Film

Through the exploration of short film snippets pulled from films inspired by comic books, graphic novels and the superhero genre, students will explore how our Jewish community and community values are portrayed. Students will have the opportunity to engage in their own film creations that showcase how ritual is meaningful to themselves, their community, and the world. 

Preview Videos
Welcome & Overview
Schedule for the Year
PreK - 3rd Grade
4th - 6th Grade
7th - 9th Grade
10th - 12th Grade
Midweek Tracks

Sun, May 16 2021 5 Sivan 5781