||From the Educator
School is When??
As you can see from our shul/school calendar, March is a month where Bet Sefer Solel has many interrup-tions. Of the 5 Sundays in March, only two are Judaica/Hebrew Sundays (March 2 & March 24) and there are only 2 Tuesdays for classes - March 5 and March 19.
What an opportunity to arrange therefore to help us help your children keep up their Hebrew skills and Judaica knowledge by attending a few services. At each and every service, the children can use the Hebrew skills they are acquiring, learn about the choreography of a service, sing the songs they practice at school, be exposed to Torah read-ings and stories or discussions about the relevance of each parashah and just have Jewish time with their family and friends.
ADULT EDUCATION AT SOLEL:
Arliene's "Doing Jewish - My Jewish Life" - Course
starts on January 9th for 5 consecutive Wednesdays at Solel
- 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Must pre-register at the office (905-820-5915)
- free for members, $10/session for non-members -
1. Biblical History - January 9
2. Role of Women - January 16
3. Jewish Home - January 23
4. Service Literacy - January 30
5. Jewish Values - February 6
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Training
After 4 years in our programme, students (both girls and
boys) are prepared to begin their preparation for becoming
Bar/Bat Mitzvah. They are taught by an avocational set of
tutors who are experts in teaching trope. Our students are
able, (on their Bar/Bat Mitzvah day) to lead their service
with the Rabbi, to give the D'var Torah and to confirm with
pride their Jewish identity.
Our students, once they are in our Grade 9 class, also
begin volunteering at our school as Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutors
and peer teachers. Our entire staff is made up of congregants
and their young adult children who have maintained their
commitment to our school.
That commitment is firmly formed in our grade 10 year
(the Kallah Class). In this programme, the wider issues
such as faith, identity, mitzvot are thoroughly discussed.
Our confirmands have bonded over their years at our school
and remain friends well beyond the walls of our school.
The highlights of the Kallah year are a Retreat at Hebrew
Union College in Cincinnati and a graduation service (which
they lead) and luncheon at the end of the school year.
JIC - Jewish Information Class
Do you have a partner who really wants more information
about Judaism, perhaps with the intention of converting?.
Over the course of 30 weeks, the JIC class meets and we
study together a wide range of topics that cover our history,
our holidays, customs, symbols and life cycle events and
beginning Hebrew. If you'd like to know more about the JIC,
please call Arliene at Solel.
Our Education Director
received her Honours B.A. degree from University of
Toronto and her M.Ed. from OISE. As well, she was
granted the title Reform Jewish Educator from the
National Association of Temple Educators.
Arliene has been
Director of Education at Solel Synagogue for the past
22 years, prior to which she taught both in the public
school system and was a volunteer teacher at Solel's
Hebrew/Religious school. Her present staff, continuing
Solel's tradition, is entirely avocational - parents
are the teachers.
Arliene is involved in several
community organizations and is a member of the Steering
Committee of the 905 Interfaith Organization, the
Credit Valley Spiritual Advisory Committee, Pathway
Community Projects, the Family Education Network of
the Board of Jewish Education (Mercaz), and the Teacher
Education Institute. She was the chair of the Reform
Educators Council and is a recent graduate of
the International Summer School of Holocaust Studies
- Yad Vashem in Israel.