The weekly session includes time for socializing and community building, while enjoying dinner together, followed by two sessions of learning with a break for a whole group game. The kids spend time with the whole group and break into small groups based on their grade when in a text or history session. This format ensures plenty of all group community building and also provides the kids with age appropriate learning.
Due to the dynamic Covid situation, we’ve decided to take this year in smaller chunks; this will allow flexibility for both staff and families.
The Middle School Program’s Fall Quarter (October - December) will take place online (on Zoom) on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm, beginning on October 5th.
As we move into Winter Quarter (January - March) and Spring Quarter (April - June), our fingers are crossed that we’ll be able to move the Middle School Program back to an in-person format at some point. For planning purposes now, we’ll share that whenever that shift happens, the program will still be held on Tuesday evenings in the Queen Anne neighborhood, likely from 6:00-8:00pm.
The kids participate in two sessions with their grade level in which they are exposed to core Jewish texts and to key periods in Jewish history. Although much of the learning is historical, we make explicit attempts to make the material relevant to the children's developing understanding of their Jewish values and identity.