The Little Minyan Kehilla, a progressive Jewish community celebrating our 12th year serving central Ohio, welcomes children age 5-12 (and their families) to join Teva Travelers*, our approach to experiential, nature-focused, nourishing and joyful Jewish education for our younger learners (pre-b’nei mitzvah).
Local Jewish and music educator Joanie Calem will begin each session teaching through song with our intergenerational Mak’hela*. Creative hands-on activities will allow students to learn about Jewish cycles of time, ritual, mitzvot, and language through a variety of modalities. Sessions will conclude with individualized Hebrew instruction.
Our year begins on Sunday, September 10th, at 10 a.m. at Branstool Orchards with our annual apple picking excursion (to prepare for Rosh haShanah). Thereafter, our sessions continue on Sundays from 3 – 5pm at Sunbury Urban Farm (2140 Sunbury Road, Columbus).
* Hebrew words: teva (טבע) – nature; mak’hela (מקהלה) – choir
Structure of the Day
- Mak’hela – Prayer and Modern Hebrew language-learning through song
- Break – Snack with B’rachot
- Story/Drama/Art Activity/Prayer – Including guest teachers and parents
- Hebrew Literacy through Prayer – Break out by level for individual and chevruta (paired) learning.
5778 (2017-2018) Dates
Sundays 3-5pm @ Sunbury Urban Farm unless noted; Asterisk indicates Communal Holy Days
10 @ Branstool Orchard
** 20-21 (Rosh HaShanah) and 29-30 (Yom Kippur) @ Columbus Mennonite Church in Clintonville
** 4 (Sukkot) and 13 (Shabbat/Simchat Torah) Locations TBD
16 (Chanukah Party) Location TBD
** 27 (Tu B’Shevat) Location TBD
4 *PJ Library Event – Diversity with Joanie Location TBD
25 – Mitzvah Month begins; Locations TBD
** 31 (Second Night Seder)
1 – Mitzvah Month
6 – End of Year Celebration of Learning
Our educational model fosters inquisitive conversation and engagement around our Jewish stories (aggadah), history, values and ethics, spirituality and theology in an environment where everyone feels safe to share, question, and grow. We encourage all members of our kehilla to fully understand our birthright as Am Yisrael (People of Israel) ~ the name bestowed Biblically which means “God wrestler.” As we explore the complexity and richness of Judaism, we honor tradition and embrace creativity as we incorporate Judaism into the rhythms of our everyday lives. These connections help us to see our Jewishness as a part of our relationship to the Earth and nature, our environment and communities, other cultures, religions, and history are an organic.
Instruction is provided in a developmentally appropriate manner. Educational activities are provided for youth within the unique setting of Teva Travelers AND is integrated with numerous kehilla activities to facilitate intergenerational learning and encourage lifelong learning.
For more information about youth education opportunities, please contact Jodi Kushins at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nina Thomson at email@example.com.
Questions about our Kehilla or about participating in our lifelong learning programs can be directed to our rabbi, Jessica Shimberg, at firstname.lastname@example.org.