MASA – Guiding Your Jewish Journey

The Prentis Education Program for Grades K-12

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Deborah Morosohk, RJE, 

Director of Education 

dmorosohk@tbeonline.org or 248.325.9708

Ilene Stone, Education Assistant

istone@tbeonline.org or 248.865.0612.

MASA – Guiding Your Jewish Journey

After much discussion, we decided to call our programs for grades K-12 Masa. Masa is the Hebrew word for journey, and it captures the essence of what we are striving for.  Every Jew is on a journey exploring how best to engage in Jewish living and we will be our students’ guides along the way.

So, beginning in Fall 2018, instead of Religious School, our families will wake up on Sunday mornings to attend Masa, and our teens will come on Monday evenings for Masa Teens.  

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Temple Beth El is a place for our children and their families to learn about Judaism and experience its many joys.  We make that happen with talented and enthusiastic educators who bring quality Jewish experiences to you and your children.
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MASA PROGRAMMING

Grades K – 6:  Sundays 9:30 am – 12:00 noon

 

The theme for our Kindergarteners this year is “Celebrations”.  Students will celebrate the birthday of the world on Rosh HaShanah, freedom on Hanukkah and Passover, and the beauty of God’s world on Shabbat.  How we celebrate as Jews with ritual items and blessings will be highlighted throughout the year.  The featured mitzvah for Gan is Kindness to Animals. Students will begin learning Hebrew in our Hebrew Through Movement Program and other specialists   include art, music, library, and weekly T’filah (prayer).

 

1st Graders will experience the joy of doing Mitzvot (Commandments). They will get to observe the holiday commandments of hearing the shofar, shaking the lulav and Etrog, lighting the Hanukiah, and retelling the Passover story. The featured mitzvah is Bikkur Cholim, Visiting the Sick. 1st Graders will participate in our Hebrew Through Movement Program, and other specialists include art, music, library, and weekly T’filah (prayer).

2nd Graders will be diving deeply into two Judaic topics. First, they will explore the story of Creation and Shabbat, why and how we take time to rest and refresh each week. Second semester students will explore story of the Exodus and Passover, creating their own creative class Haggadah. The featured mitzvah is Hachnasat Orchim, Welcoming Guests. 2nd graders will participate in our Hebrew Through Movement Program, and other specialists include art, music, library, and weekly T’filah (prayer).

3rd Graders will be diving deeply into an exploration of God; what does Judaism teach us and what do we individually believe? Students will explore God through Torah stories, prayers and blessings, and our sacred spaces where we encounter God. The featured mitzvah is Kibud Z’kaynim, Honoring the Elderly. 3rd graders will also participate in our Hebrew Through Movement Program, and other specialists include art, music, library, and weekly T’filah (prayer).

 

4th Graders will be participating in our Project Based Learning Initiative. In addition to weekly community building, Hebrew Through Movement and T’filah (prayer), students will spend one semester developing a project on Mitzvot (commandments) and another semester on Torah. The featured mitzvah is Bal Tashchit, Not Destroying the Earth.  By diving deeply into a project of their choice, we will guide students to achieve a high-quality experience  that deepens their understanding of Jewish life.

5th Graders will be participating in our Project Based Learning Initiative. In addition to weekly community building, Hebrew Through Movement and T’filah (prayer), students will spend one semester developing a project on Mitzvot (commandments) and another semester on Torah.  The featured mitzvah is Ha-achalat R’evim, Feeding the Hungry.  By diving deeply into a project of their choice, we will guide students to achieve a high-quality experience that deepens their understanding of Jewish life.

 

In addition to Masa, 5th graders will also participate in B’nai Mitzvah Club on either Sundays or Wednesdays to develop their Hebrew and prayer reading skills.

6th Graders will be exploring the Bible by understanding the Torah, Prophets and Writings. They will continue participating in project-based learning by creating lessons on Bible stories and teaching them to younger Masa students. A unit on the history of Jews in Michigan with the Jewish Historical Society is also a highlight of the year. The featured mitzvah is Lo Titayn Michshol, Not Placing a Stumbling Block. 6th Graders will continue learning Hebrew in our Hebrew Through    Movement Program and participating in weekly T’filah (prayer).

 

In addition to Masa, 6th Graders will also participate in B’nai Mitzvah Club on either Sundays or Wednesdays to develop their Hebrew and prayer reading skills.

 

 

MASA TEENS 

Grades 7-8: Sundays 10:30 am – 12:00 noon  (Breakfast served at 10:30 am)

 

Our 7th Grade students will spend the year exploring the meaning of becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah by learning about and doing Mitzvot (commandments).  We will learn about a variety of Mitzvot such as Caring for the Earth, Honoring the Elderly, and Feeding the Hungry. A highlight of the program will be field trips when we go out into the community and perform those Mitzvot ourselves.

 

Our 8th Grade students will spend the first half of their year learning about the Holocaust through a Jewish lens.  Our approach will be to study the historical development of the Holocaust, so students can make the connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives. Following this unit, students will have the opportunity to choose among several shorter elective classes.

 

 

MASA TEENS

Grades 9-10: Sundays 11:30 am – 1:00 pm   (Lunch served at 12:30 pm)

 

Our 9th and 10th Grade students will spend the first half of their year learning about the Holocaust through a Jewish lens.  Our approach will be to study the historical development of the Holocaust, so students can make the connection between history and the moral choices they confront in their own lives.

Following this unit, students will have the opportunity to choose among several shorter elective classes. Rabbis will be teaching selected sessions, especially as our 10th graders begin to prepare for the Confirmation ceremony.

 

MASA TEENS

11th and 12th Grades: Mondays 6:00 – 7:30 pm  (Dinner served at 6:00 pm)

 

Our 11th and 12th Grade students will spend the first part of their year revisiting some of their learning about Eretz Yisrael, the State of Israel. Israel can be a hot topic, especially on college campuses, and it is important that our teens understand some of its complicated history, the significance of Zionism to the Jewish people, and the vital way that the land of Israel and the people of Israel are intertwined.

 

Following this unit, students will have the opportunity to choose among several shorter elective classes.

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Temple Beth El
7400 Telegraph Road
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48301
248.851.1100