Welcome to The Freedom School. We’ve built this program from the ground up so you and your kids can love being jewish, together.
Sound good? We think so and we’re doing it by inviting kids into the most moving parts of Jewish life. Why a Freedom School? Because we believe learning Torah will move students to justice. How do we do it? We teach Jewish in its natural habitat. We teach Jewish by doing Jewish, in context. In other words, The Freedom School happens when Jewish life happens. And guess what? Not only is learning through experience more effective it’s a lot more fun.
This means that while your kids are learning about Moses or Purim or visiting the sick, you will be in your own cohort of adults taking a deeper look into Jewish text and philosophy. After class we come together for services - which include our famous Storahtelling - and nosh.
We’d love to take credit for the spiritual learning-eating-justice combo you and your kids will get into at The Freedom School, but it’s just what our people have been doing for a very long time.
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
Simply put, when students move through the trajectory of the Freedom school, they will have the foundations of a Judaism that moves them towards justice.
This goal begins with loving, engaging, active relationships with:
More specifically, we want students to:
→ KNOW the Jewish calendar and life cycle events, Torah, mitzvot, prayer;
→ UNDERSTAND how the Torah influences personal lives and American justice movements, and inspire students to be socially responsible;
→ BE ABLE TO engage in Jewish study, rituals, traditions, and justice work.
We want families to:
→ FEEL comfortable having Jewish conversations and rituals in the home by studying texts and practicing Shabbat and holidays in real time;
→ BE empowered to articulate their Jewish values in the context of justice work;
→ CREATE a community that contextualizes and reinforces Jewish practice as an organic way to approach the world.
By learning in “real time" (Kitchen learning takes place on Shabbat or on holidays) and with their families (students must have at least one parent also attend with them), we contextualize and reinforce Jewish practice as an organic way to approach the world.
SESSION SCHEDULE + CALENDAR
We meet 3 times a month. Typically 2 Saturday mornings and 1 Saturday afternoon each month, or 2 shabbat mornings and a holiday. Shabbat experiences (amount age appropriate) and storahtelling are a regular a part of the school experience. Participation in holidays (yes!) is also an integral part of the school experience.
Saturday AM Freedom School
9:00am Opening circle + class session 1
10:00am Services + class session 2
11:20am Storahtelling or Torah services
12:00pm Kiddush + lunch
Teachers: Marilyn Heiss (Hebrew), Merav Berger (K-1), Elizheva Horvich (2-3), Aviva Frank (4-5), Rabbi Noa Kushner (Torah Love), Rabbi Jonathan Bubis (parents).
→ Kindergarten level and up + parents
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→ Pay tuition:
- Subscriber: $1,500/child (parents included)
- Non-Subscriber: $3,000/child (parents included)
Please contact Elie Lauter to have a conversation about financial assitance or if you want to further support us by contributing to our Scholarship Fund.
Kindergarten + 1st Grade: Intro to Jewish Values
2nd + 3rd Grade: Torah Stories
4th + 5th Grade: Mitzvot and Lifecycle
6th + 7th Grade: Torah Love
Post-Bnai Mitzvah: Social Justice
Hebrew: Hebrew Language + Writing
Parents: Ritual Lab