Youth Education

KesheToT

Monthly on Thursdays at 5:15pm, December - June; $90/semester
Limited to 15 spots! RSVP to [email protected].

KesheToT is an innovative program in Hebrew, for families with infants and toddlers. Families with young children can meet and deepend a sense of community, flavored by Israeli culture. The program can serve both Israeli-American, as well as Jewish-American families.

Specific programming includes Israeli music, games, stories and movement.
 

Purim Celebration & Carnival

Everyone will start out in the sanctuary at 9:30 to listen to the clergy read the Megillah (scroll of Esther) and explain the story within.  Please feel free to bring little brothers and sisters to this service. It is the custom to be very loud and silly, and it always features a creative reenactment of the Purim story starring the clergy (and I usually get to participate too!).  When we hear Haman’s name, we boo and shake our groggers.

BML Families potluck & art workshop

Berkman Mercaz Limud Families with kids of all ages: semi-potluck lunch at RS followed by a Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) Workshop from 2 - 4pm. We’ll walk over to PAFA for an activity described as:  “Inspired by Thomas Eakins’ motion study series, participants will experiment creating original, low tech animations.”  This event is purely social and fun -- and it’s FREE.  We’ll provide hoagies, you bring sides, salads, desserts, drinks.  

Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth

LGBTQ  Youth and the Jewish Community
Join Phoenix Schneider, MSW and Director of the LGBTQ Initiative at Jewish
Family and Children's Service for a conversation around how to best
support and meet the needs of LGBTQ kids and teens. Topics to be
addressed include terminology, unique concerns, how to best support
LGBTQ youth, and full LGBTQ-inclusion, particularly within Jewish
spaces.

Preparing for Your Child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah: Parents Helping Parents

For Berkman Mercaz Limud Connection Group 5th Grade and Up
All sessions will run from 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schedule:
Sunday, March 15 – Bar/Bat Mitzvah Parents: We Have To Come Up With A Mitzvah Project?  All families going through the b’nai mitzvah experience have to choose a Mitzvah Project. As unique as each child is, so, too, can your Mitzvah Project be.  Come listen to our panel share their experiences with Mitzvah Projects.  We'll also have time for questions and answers, as well as audience sharing about anything b'nai mitzvah related.

Chanukah Concert with Bible Raps

The Bible Raps Project uses the medium of rap music within to promote
our core Jewish texts—currently perceived by much of the youth market as
boring, irrelevant and stale—and instead, present them as rich sources
of meaning, drama, and inspiration. Or, in the words of a 13 year old
listener, "cool!”. In doing so, The Bible Raps Project helps transform
the classroom experience, providing a new and powerful tool for Jewish
educators. By maintaining the rich, nuanced nature of the Bible stories

Preparing for Your Child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah: Parents Helping Parents

For Berkman Mercaz Limud Connection Group 5th Grade and Up
All sessions will run from 11:15am - 12:15pm
Schedule:
Sunday, October 12 - Beyond the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Service
We would love to have you for a continued discussion from our last event … A chance to connect with parents who have questions about Bar/Bat Mitzvah Event planning.  Let's share ideas and discuss options.

Fiery Furnace

The RS Youth Theater, in partnership with MacGuffin Theater and Film Co. and the Miles Jellinek Memorial Fund of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 
Presents for its inaugural 2014 season The Fiery Furnace: A New Rock Musical

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