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 Spring Quarter (late March through mid June) will take place in-person on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm in the Queen Anne neighborhood, beginning on March 29th.
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.
Eli is thrilled to be teaching Moadon this year! He has been involved with Kavana since elementary school and is so excited to be giving back to the community that instilled such strong Jewish values in him. Eli is a sophomore at Oberlin College studying environmental studies with a concentration in food and agriculture systems. On the off chance that he gets any free time, he likes getting lost on hikes in the Cascades and reading vintage cookbooks.
Rabbi Jay Asher LeVine is a life-long learner and seeker of wisdom and beauty. He is married to Rabbi Laura Rumpf and together they have a 15-month-old son, Ami. Rabbi Jay grew up the son of two music teachers in Willcox, Arizona, attended college at the University of Arizona where he earned dual degrees in Finance and Judaic Studies, and then entered rabbinical seminary at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. For the past six years, he has served as one of the rabbis at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, CA. He has been trained in community organizing and mussar facilitation, and is currently a member of the Jewish Studio Project's Creative Facilitators Training, a Jewish art process promoting healing and belonging.