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Zera (Early Childhood)

As the day brings, Zera students are welcomed into their nurturing and stimulating classroom environment.  Zera teachers also work in the Margaux Early Childhood Program and bring their training and care and commitment to creating fun and engaging experience for our youngest J-PLEx learners.

Tarbut (Culture) Each day at J-PLEx we take time to explore the cultural side of Judaism through music, art, and more. These experiences sow the seeds for a love of Judaism that is nurtured throughout the J-PLEx program. 

Limmud (Learning) During Limmud, J-PLEx learners participate in active, engaging lessons about our yearly theme. This year our theme is People of the Book and we will be exploring famous Torah stories.

Sundays, 9:30 AM - 12 PM

Gan (Kindergarten)

All of J-PLE-x will gather together each morning in our Courtyard to say "Boker Tov!" and greet the day. We will begin each  morning as one Kehillah Kadoshah (holy community) to celebrate birthdays, collect tzedakah (charity), and kick off the morning's program.

Limmud During Limmud, J-PLEx learners participate in active, engaging lessons about our yearly theme. This year our theme is People of the Book and we will be exploring famous Torah stories and Jewish values we learn from the Torah.

Chug Ivrit (Hebrew Club) Chug Ivrit approaches Hebrew in a fun and participatory way. J-PLEx participants learn Hebrew by moving around the room, acting out real life situations in Hebrew, and working together to learn the building blocks of Hebrew.

Tarbut (Culture) Judaism is a religion and a culture, so each day at J-PLEx we take time to explore the cultural side of Judaism. This comes in the form of cooking, music, art, and more. J-PLEx participants learn about our yearly theme though many modalities during Tarbut. 

Cabin Time Cabin time is an important time at the end of the day where the group reflects on what they experienced and learned that day. This is also a time for them to share accomplishments, good news, and questions. Cabin time is a critical component of the day as it allows participants to synthesize what they have learned and to make deep connections with friends and role models at Temple Judea.

Sundays, 9:30 AM - 12 PM

Shoresh (1st-3rd Grade)

Limmud (Learning) During Limmud, J-PLEx learners participate in active, engaging lessons about our yearly theme. This year our theme is People of the Book and we will be exploring  famous Torah stories, Jewish values we learn from the Torah, and mitzvot (commandments). Some days we may be in a classroom reading a story, and the next day we may be out on the playground reenacting the Exodus from Egypt. You never know what fun program you will find in Limmud.

Chig Ivrit (Hebrew Club) Chug Ivrit approaches Hebrew as a living language in a fun and participatory way. J-PLEx participants learn Hebrew verbs and nouns through moving around the room, acting out real life situations in Hebrew, and working together to learn the building blocks of Hebrew. Hebrew is brought to life through games, songs, and skits!

Tarbut (Culture) Judaism is a religion and a culture, so each day at J-PLEx we take time to explore the cultural side of Judaism – usually in two different periods of the morning. This comes in the form of cooking, music, art, and more. J-PLEx participants learn about our yearly theme though many modalities during Tarbut. They could be found making their own matzah, singing Jewish songs, creating their own representation of Torah stories through clay, or even becoming the characters of the Torah.

Cabin Time All of our participants travel through their day at J-PLEx with their group, or cabin. Over the year they will really get to know their counselors and cabin mates. Cabin time is an important time at the end of the day where the group reflects on what they experienced and learned that day. This is also a time for them to share accomplishments, good news, and questions. Cabin time is a critical component of the day as it allows participants to synthesize what they have learned and to make deep connections with friends and role models at Temple Judea. 

Sundays, 9:30 AM - 12 PM

Gezah (4th-6th Grade)

Limmud (Learning) During Limmud, J-PLEx learners participate in active, engaging lessons about our yearly theme. This year our theme is People of the Book and we will be working our way through Jewish values we learn from the Torah and other sacred books – like the Talmud. Experiences are crafted to form age appropriate connections between learners and the content. 4th graders have one limmud session on Sundays and one session midweek. 

Tarbut (Culture) Judaism is a religion and a culture, so each day at J-PLEx we take time to explore the cultural side of Judaism – usually in two different periods on Sunday morning. This comes in the form of cooking, music, art, and more. J-PLEx participants learn about our yearly theme though many modalities during Tarbut. They could be found making their own matzah, singing Jewish songs, creating their own representation of Torah stories through clay, or even becoming the characters of the Torah. 

Cabin Time All of our participants travel through their day at J-PLEx with their group, or cabin. Over the year they will really get to know their counselors and cabin mates. Cabin time is an important time at the end of the day where the group reflects on what they experienced and learned that day. This is also a time for them to share accomplishments, good news, and questions. Cabin time is a critical component of the day as it allows participants to synthesize what they have learned and to make deep connections with friends and role models at Temple Judea.

Hebrew Aleph-Bet (4th Grade) For our 4th graders, their Hebrew program focuses on learning the Hebrew letters and vowels and working to put them together to read Hebrew words and prayers. J-PLEx 4th graders have Hebrew Alef-Bet two times during the week, once on Sundays and once on Wednesdays or during online class.

Chug Ivrit (Hebrew Club - 5th-6th Grade) Chug Ivrit focuses on Hebrew  as a living language as J-PLEx learners build their Hebrew vocabulary. In intentionally designed experiences,  participants are transported to a café, a bus station, or any place where they can practice speaking Hebrew!  5th and 6th graders have  Chug Ivrit every other week  on Sunday mornings. 

Sundays, 9:30 AM - 12 PM, Wednesdays 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM or Online

Anaf (7th Grade)

Seventh grade is all about growth. At Temple Judea, we understand that. We’ve re-imagined the seventh grade experience to help each and every student grow as a person, as a leader, and as a community member.

Growth as a person: Students learn to articulate their own values and beliefs as they prepare to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

Growth as a leader: Students learn leadership skills that can be applied in many different settings. Once they become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, we ask students to serve as Madrichim and mentor the students still preparing for the own B’nai Mitzvah, which fosters a deeper connection among peers.

Growth as a community member: During the year students will participate in interactive sessions with both rabbis to learn about Israel and the Holocaust. There will also be many opportunities to participate in a variety of community service efforts. Not only are students helping others, but it helps them develop ideas to create future mitzvah projects of their own.

Wednesdays 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM 

B'nai Mitzvah Club (BMC)

Wish there was someone who knew what you were going through in your b'nai mitzvah process?  Have questions about mitzvah projects, speeches, and more? Starting when students are 12 months out from their ceremony, they will be placed in groups of students who have their b'nai mitzvah at the same time of the year. In these groups they will work on prayers, work on prep for their b'nai mitzvah and have b'nai mitzvah mentors who have just been through the process and can help with all of the questions that come up. BMC meets every Wednesday and some Sundays.

Judea High (8th-12th Grade)

Judea High is the next step in your child’s Jewish education and Temple Judea involvement. Judea High is a program designed specifically for our 8th-12th graders, focusing on issues that are affecting them and their peers. On Monday nights our clergy and education team gather with our teens to build relationships, have genuine and interesting discussions, and learn together.

Hot Topics: Teens will have the opportunity to discuss the most hot button issues of the year through a Jewish lens. Should medical marijuana be legal? Is football safe? What is the deal with Israel? Teens will meet with Rabbi Siegal, Rabbi Fisch, Beth Young, and Molly Levy throughout the year to have open conversations about the issues that are flooding the media and discuss what our traditions says about them, as well as the opinions of our teens.

Better Together: Temple Judea partners with The Palace in Coral Gables to bring together our teens and seniors for learning and conversation. Several times during the year, we will meet at a restaurant in Coral Gables and then walk to The Palace together to plan and run the program. Teens will learn about culture, history, and compassion from the participating seniors. We are thrilled about this partnership and are looking forward to all of the great relationships that will develop over the year.

JTY: JTY, our senior youth group, also meets on Monday nights and is open to all 8th-12th graders. JTY is a youth led, adult advised organization with a student board who plans all of the events over the year. One or two Monday nights a month, JTY will have a fun, exciting program for all of our participants after Judea High. There will also be trips, conventions, and many programming opportunities throughout the year for JTY members. You can expect everything from game night to kayaking trips to social action, so there is something for everyone.

Mondays, 6:15 - 7 PM

Teen Travel - Washington DC
The L’Taken Seminar is an intensive four-day teen kallah in Washington, DC that is focused on Jewish values and social justice. Every year, nearly 1,500 high school-aged students participate in this exciting event sponsored by the Religious Action Center. This unique Washington opportunity lets students hear from experts from both inside and outside of the Jewish community. Every L’Taken Seminar covers several different issue areas in a variety of interactive formats. Each seminar includes an opportunity to tour the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Havdalah services at the Lincoln Memorial. This experience is generously funded by the Temple Judea Endowment Fund.

Madrachim (7th - 12th Grade)

Starting in 7th grade, our students can serve as Madrichim at J-PLEx. Teens can come and work with our J-PLEx students on Sundays and/ or Wednesdays. You will have fun, gain leadership skills, and earn community service hours. Madrichim help our teachers in the classroom, work with our specialists in art or cooking, or help younger students will Hebrew. There are a few different ways to be a Madrich/a at Temple Judea:

  • Sundays (9:30am-12pm)- Work with our K-6th  grade students in a class or specialty area.
  • Wednesdays (4:30pm- 6:30pm)- Work with 4th- 6th grade students in Hebrew or Limmud.
  • B’nai Mitzvah Madrichim (Sundays and Wednesdays)- Work with Gaby and help students who are preparing for their B’nai Mitzvah.
Thu, July 18 2019 15 Tammuz 5779