More Educational Programs
Tot Shabbat Presented by Stroum Jewish Community Center, Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, PJ Library, and Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
Fridays ● 9:45 AM – 10:30 AM
Join Chava Mirel and Dr. Eliyahu Krigel for Tot Shabbat. Fun for the entire family right in your own living room! Watch via the SJCC Facebook Live link by tuning in. Email Dr. Eliyahu Krigel at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.
The Gwenn and Dean Polik and Valerie Polack, z’’l Israel Class: Understanding, Advocating, and Connecting to Israel
Monthly Sundays ● 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM on Zoom
As you might have already heard the Masa Israel trip has been postponed until February 2023. We have a new trip now to LA in partnership with Tzedek America, February 20-24, 2022. Here’s the link for more info and to sign up: https://hnt.wufoo.com/forms/masa-la-2022/
Class is still open to all 8-12th graders from HNT and beyond! This advocacy class is an opportunity for our students to develop their relationship with Israel. The following topics will be explored during our 8 sessions of learning at HNT:
- Ancient Israel: Exploring the biblical connection to Israel
- Israel Advocacy: Address, Reframe, Message
- Jerusalem: City of Peace
- Israeli Society: Who is considered an Israeli?
- Yad Vashem: Uncovering the roots of anti-Semitism
- Israel through the ages: How can archeology help us understand the past in Israel?
- Dual Narrative: Understanding the Palestinian narrative.
- Reflections and Appreciations
This class will be beneficial to students even if they are not attending the trip because it will give them the valuable tools needed to talk intelligently and passionately about Israel as well as an opportunity to further explore and deepen their connection with Israel. The cost of the class which includes special guest speakers on relevant topics related to Israel is $400 for HNT members and $500 for non-members. Thanks to Gwenn and Dean Polik for supporting this program in honor of the memory of Valerie Polack, z’’l. To register for the class, please click here.
Please read a testimonial below from an HNT student after being involved with the Masa Program:
“In the beginning of 2020 before COVID lockdown, I went on an educational trip into the deep south with a group of teenagers from my synagogue. The trip was led by the director of education. The goal of the trip was to further educate ourselves on the oppression of African Americans throughout our history and how as Jews we’re connected to it. When I first heard about it I wasn’t remotely interested, but as I read more into where we would visit and what we would learn I realized what a once in a lifetime trip it was. So I went, and I’ll never forget it. Before the trip, we met over a span of a few months to discuss the connection and role of Judaism within the Civil Rights Movement. We had guests throughout the meetings, rabbis with different backgrounds, and met one of the leaders in the Black Panther movement. Over the three days of the trip we met with local activists and learned about the current voter oppression that has been occurring in the south by removing voting polls. We visited Martin Luther King’s neighborhood where he grew up and his memorial. We walked across the Selma-Montgomery bridge and met with one of the survivors of the march. We went to the lynching memorial, the false incarceration museum, and saw the movie “Just Mercy” about a white civil rights lawyer trying to free a black man from death row. The entire trip opened my eyes to horrifying and unseen parts of our history. My whole life I have grown up in a white Christian dominated community that has a limited view of the world. I was aware of much of the oppressive history of our country but with limited depth as I have not grown up in a community where it is talked about. This was a barrier for me that through that trip I learned I had to overcome. I will always value everything I learned, saw, and experienced on that trip and I believe it has helped me see others’ experiences in a valuable way.”
Better Together: A New Virtual Program for Teens and Elders!
Monthly Sundays ● 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM on Zoom
We are excited to announce HNT has received a grant to bring the Better Together program to our community. Better Together is a grant program with an all-inclusive curricular guide to enable teens to run safe virtual programs between tweens/teens and the elderly. Calling all students in ages 12-18 to participate as well as interested elders in our community. This program will connect teens and elders in a meaningful way in order to benefit and support both age groups. Better Together is new program we are starting at HNT in order to empower teens to reach out to the elderly, befriend them, and make their day a little brighter which in turn, brightens the teens’ lives immeasurably. Better Together is a program developed and operated by a well-respected national foundation. Teens and elders meet together on Zoom from 11:00-11:45 and then teens meet from 11:45-12:15 on Zoom to process and continue the learning. Please register for the Better Together program here.
Special Features of FRS During COVID-19
Zoom Noar (Zoom for the Youth) continues on Friday nights 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM for all FRS families and friends! We welcome Shabbat together during this time. Zoom Noar is focused on kids and families! Parents can continue from 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM with virtual happy half hour. Click here to participate and use the standard password.
Padlet at FRS
At FRS we use Padlet to help our students engage remotely. Click here for a Padlet of independent Hebrew activities or here for a Padlet based off of various games we use at FRS in a remote context (Quizziz, Flippity, EduCandy, Google Slides) both created by Morah Gigi!
Every other month FRS families drive by and pick up materials and art supplies for the following two months of Judaic and Hebrew instruction at FRS. Materials are organized and presented to families in a way that follows the content of our spiraled curriculum per grade. Parsha discussions, worksheets by grade, and extra resources will be provided to support home-based learning and learning in the classroom at home. HNT students not enrolled in FRS can order the FRS Matanot directly here.
Jewish Interactive Tap
Jewish Interactive Tap is a social platform which empowers families, teachers, and students to learn from each other by creating their own personalized interactive lessons and games on Jewish and Hebrew subjects. JI Tap games are played in class at FRS and can be accessed for home use as well. Students can play thousands of new games and activities shared daily by a community of Jewish educators and learners worldwide. FRS teachers utilize JI Tap so that their students at home will be able to play fun Hebrew and Jewish virtual games all connected to the FRS curriculum. Click Click here for more information.
We have created FRS Mo’adon (Club) as a hangout space for FRS students in a virtual context. There is time during and after FRS when students can go to the club for social time and bonding. This facilitates one of the key elements of the students enjoying FRS – making and building friendships. Teaching assistants run the club supervised by a teacher which includes interactive games, music, short discussions, and video clips! Click here to participate and use the standard password.