The Havdalah Project was conceived by the SAJ LOMED Committee, which met approximately once per month and used a combination of text study and discussion to develop and refine a shared educational vision. One of our first outcomes was a vision statement, which we think articulates the SAJ Hebrew School’s core goals. The draft of this statement is shown below:
The SAJ Hebrew School nourishes the whole life of our children. We will develop the Jewish self as a way of connecting with the world at large. Our open environment reflects the Reconstructionist tradition which invites all questions to promote a shared search for meaning. We foster a culture of respect, enriched by the diversity of our community.
The school's experiential approach to learning inspires children and their families to embrace the joys and journeys of Jewish life. Our explorations of Jewish culture, arts, history, holiday rituals, Hebrew language and prayer engage and animate our learners.
Children at SAJ develop connections to values and traditions that span generations. They are empowered to engage in spiritual practices and to grapple with complex issues of belief and faith. Our students go forward with a rich foundation in Jewish life as they become active participants in our synagogue and responsible citizens of the world.
The committee would now like to engage the SAJ community in a conversation about our shared educational vision and how we will continue to make it a reality.
This conversation will take place at online venues and two “town hall” meetings in the near future. Please look for announcements of these dates.
Some topics for you to consider include:
• Which concept in the statement resonates the most with you personally? Why?
• What picture of our classroom culture does the statement draw for you? What approach to Judaism is evoked?
• Based on the vision statement what kind of adults are will our learners become?