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Journey — The Jewish Discovery project

Program contact
Harry Selig | harry@chselig.com

The five Ws and the one H of Journey

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. We include all who join us and would love to have your children in Journey.

What does Journey consist 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 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 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 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 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 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (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: 

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.

Journey Registration Form

Parent/Guardian Information

Child Information

Separate names with commas.

Child's Medical Information

Check all that apply.

***Please email a copy of your child's current immunization records to admin@shmakoleinu.com

Tuition

$250 B'nai MItzvah Fee for B'nai Mitzvah Students only

PLEASE NOTE: When you submit this form, you will be prompted to make an immediate payment or have your child's tuition billed to your account. If you choose the "bill my account" option, please submit and then click on "my account" at the top of your screen. You will be prompted to set up a payment plan on a schedule that works for you starting between now and five days from now. If you need longer than five days to make your first payment, please simply revisit the "my account" section when you are ready to set up your payment plan. You can also select payment by check or ACH form from the options below.

Payments can be made by check, credit card, or ACH/bank withdrawal. Checks should be made payable to Congregation Shma Koleinu.  Checks should be mailed CSK, PO Box 1808, Bellaire, TX 77402.  If you choose to pay by credit card, using PayPal, please use the options above.

We Need You!

We are always looking for volunteers to help lead, facilitate and participate Journey program events. Do you like to work with kids? How about working with teenagers? Are you artistic? Do you like gardening? Can you sing or play guitar? If you have any of these (or other!) talents, please let us know in the space below.

Note: All adult teachers (volunteer and paid) will be required to undergo a background check.

Thank you for enrolling your child in Journey: the Jewish Discovery Project at CSK! 

To enroll an additional child, please complete a separate registration form.

PLEASE NOTE: When you submit this form, you will be prompted to make an immediate payment via paypal OR have your child's tuition billed to your account. If you choose the "bill my account" option, please submit and then click on "my account" at the top of your screen. You will be prompted to set up a payment plan on a schedule that works for you starting between now and five days from now. If you need longer than five days to make your first payment, please simply revisit the "my account" section when you are ready to set up your payment plan. 

We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

- The Journey Team

 

Mon, February 19 2018 4 Adar 5778