The 5 "W's" and the 1 "H" of
Journey - The Jewish Discovery Project
Who is invited to attend Journey?
Every child from Pre-K-12 being raised with a Jewish identity (or whose family would like him/her to be) is welcomed with open arms. Enrollment in Journey DOES NOT require A MEMBERSHIP OF ANY KIND.
What is Journey comprised of?
A Jewishly engaging and enriching social and learning experience taught by dedicated and trained volunteer educators. Journey utilizes a foundational curriculum in partnership with Shalom Learning, "a values-based Judaic curriculum that integrates a variety of stories, text studies, holiday content, and blessings to highlight for students how decisions they make on a daily basis are influenced by their Jewish values, and by extension their Jewish history, tradition and culture."
Every Journey day includes Kehillah (community), a group prayer and celebration that helps set a positive mood for our morning together. On any given morning, Kehillah may include “Shabbat-in-Training,” interactive songs, prayers, readings, and stories designed to teach Hebrew, share Jewish values and instill a spiritual approach to life.
Where and When does Journey take place?
The Journey Explorers, Pioneers, Pathfinders and Madrichim** (Pre-K-7th) meet on Sunday mornings from 9am- 12pm at the Xavier Educational Academy in West U (6203 Edloe, Houston, 77005). The Trailblazers and Madrichim (5th - 7th grades) also meet on Wednesday afternoons from 4:30pm - 6:00pm at various Houston locations for Tikun Olam (social action) projects and at families' homes for Hebrew Boot Camp. The Pathfinders and Tzofim (8th - 12th grades) meet on Sunday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm (including dinner) for "Wandering and Wondering Through the Hallways" at families' homes and partake in a delicious homemade dinner by "Chef" Joan Reichstein and an engaging Torah study and discussion with Rabbi Scott.
**A new addition to Journey, Madrichim (meaning “counselors”) is a unique opportunity for our 7th graders as they prepare for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. With part of the morning focused on intensive Hebrew preparation, additionally, the 7th graders will work with Journey Guides on developing leadership skills and then in mentoring the younger students by assisting in lessons as well as programming.
How and Why does Journey work?
In order to answer these questions, we need to ask what "work" means in this context. For us, Journey "working" means TORAH:
- Terrifically engaging learning that utilizes a multiplicity of media to make Jewish values, history, and literacy connected to the lives of our students and families.
- Open classrooms, Open hearts. Jewish wisdom and practice can touch us emotionally in ways that affirm its continued and consistent meaning. Through art, music and story telling, Journey delivers a powerful Jewish punch.
- Relevance, relevance, relevance. There are many things vying for ours and our children's attention - and Judaism can have impactful applications to the improvement of the lives of our children and our own.
- Affirming the unique ways in which our children learn is not only a sound educational strategy, but a matter of sacred action. Journey and CSK are committed to ensuring that each child's learning experience and growth toward becoming a Bar Mitzvah and beyond is met with flexibility and compassion.
- Honoring the past in order to know who we are in the present and into the future. Modern Jewish existence is indeed a miracle and inspiring our children with the central lessons and foundations of Judaism is the way in which we help them deepen their roots and spread their wings.
Questions about the Journey program?
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