Kesher Curriculum 2020-2021

Midot (Values) Block Curriculum

The role of family in each child’s Jewish experience is a critical component of our Kesher Program. There will be opportunities throughout the year for parents and extended family to engage in learning, holidays, special events, and celebration alongside their children.

The academic year is divided into six-week blocks, each includes the following:

  • Each block focuses on a Jewish Value that will be studied across all grades, in age appropriate ways. We teach Jewish values using experiential and project based learning techniques. We interact with these values over the course of the year in relation to Jewish holidays, texts, prayers, rituals, and weekly Torah portions
  • Kesher Crate will either be sent to you at home or completed as part of an in-person family program (pandemic conditions permitting). Crates consist of a curated selection of activities and materials that address the theme of the curriculum block in exploratory, fun, and creative ways without requiring additional ‘screen time’. There will be two versions of each crate–one for younger children and one for older children. Families will select which version is appropriate for their student closer to the beginning of the year.
  • 3-4 zoom sessions in small groups with Marian. Together we will explore the themes of each curriculum block and students will have the opportunity to share the work they are doing at home and work together on extension activities. We will limit group size for all zoom sessions to enable maximum discussion. The schedule of sessions may be variable, for example they may not necessarily all be on Sunday mornings. We will work with families to find a schedule that is accessible and convenient. Students may meet in mixed grade levels. If social distancing allows, some of these meetings might take place in person. Generally 45 minutes/meeting.
  • 2-3 zoom sessions with Felicia to learn t’fillah and songs.
  • 1-1 Hebrew reading instruction with Keren via zoom for grades 6 and 7.  Hebrew is open to younger children, but requires a meeting with Keren to review if it is appropriate.

A note for B’nai Mitzvah Students

  • In addition to values curriculum blocks, B’nai Mitzvah students will participate in a series of special workshops throughout the year addressing a number of topics specific to the B’nai mitzvah process.  These workshops will be via zoom/in person (depending on pandemic conditions).

Community Building

Kesher means connection, and continuing to build community and connections during this time of social distancing is an important task. In order to accomplish this, we will have a variety of opportunities to come together in community including:

  • Monthly Light Up The Night Community Candle Lighting (via zoom or in person)
  • Monthly Learners Minyans with Rabbi Ben (via zoom or in person)
  • Holiday programming throughout the year
  • A variety of clubs that students can choose to join to further explore their Jewish identities to build friendships and community around common interests; including Dungeons and Dragons style RPG, Baking, Arts, Outdoors/Gardening and more. Clubs will meet both in person and online as the situation permits.

JCA School Educational Philosophy


Kesher 2020/21 Tuition

PreK – No Fee – but we ask that you still register your child, to help us with grants that are awarded based on how many registered students we have.

Kindergarten and 1st grade – $550 – includes an all access pass to all online and in person programming for the year.

2nd grade – 7th grade – $750 – includes an all access pass to all online and in person programming for the year.

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