While learning on Zoom, we are making adjustments to our curriculum to meet kids’ needs and respond to the reduced amount of time spent together.
Moadon Yeladim is not only an informal, summer-camp-like environment; nor is it exclusively an "academic" after-school program. This unique program blends learning and community building in a "Kids' Club" format, where kids engage in content designed specifically to help foster a sense of belonging and build Jewish identity. Even more so in this time of Covid, we are prioritizing Kavana kids’ connection to their community, peers and teachers.
In addition to kids' weekly learning experience, we ask families to join us in our goal of community building. This year we look forward to providing other virtual opportunities for kids and families to connect with their Kavana community.
Moadon Yeladim will take place on Wednesday afternoons and start the second full week of October and run through early June.
The program will run from 3:45-5:00pm, with a brief break for grabbing a snack or using the restroom built into the fun! We have adjusted the timing of the program in order to not over-program kids on screens, and also since we are sadly not able to gather together for snack and play time at the park.
While this program will be held in the Zoom classroom this year, we are inviting kids to join us for an outdoor socially distanced meet-up before we begin the year. The goal will be for kids to connect with their cohort of peers and their teachers. We will share the specifics with families who register for the year.
We deeply value instilling a love of Hebrew as a living language in our kids and are committed to continuing to build this into our Moadon Yeladim culture. During this year of virtual learning and less teaching time, we will be offering optional 1:1 or very small group tutoring for kids and families who want to continue to develop their reading and writing. These tutoring sessions will happen outside of the Moadon cohort time frame on Wednesday afternoons. What will remain are our fun Hebrew routines like singing the alef-bet, utilizing conversational Hebrew to ask how everyone is feeling and talk about the weather, as well as learning songs connected to our Jewish figures. Kids and families interested in the tutoring option will have the chance to schedule this once they have registered.
Kids will engage in multi-week units around different Jewish figures throughout time. Within each unit, they will hear stories about the figure, discuss values and traditions associated with those stories, dive into history, sing songs, and reflect on how all of this contributes to our Jewish identity and practice today.
This year we will start learning about Eve / Chava!
As Director of Education, Cara is responsible for ensuring that Kavana’s educational vision is being implemented across the board. Her experience in formal and informal Jewish educational settings position her well to oversee our after-school programs, from designing curriculum to working with our educators on professional development. Since transitioning to virtual learning, Cara has been diving deep into utilizing best practices for online learning, mastering Zoom tools, and designing new pathways for kids and families to maintain their connection to the Kavana community. In addition to our weekly programs, Cara supports families through the B'Nei Mitzvah process as well as our other youth and family programming. Outside of her work with Kavana, Cara enjoys cooking with her husband Tony, social-distance hang-outs with friends and family, and walking in her neighborhood.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Emma has been surrounded by Jewish communities since 3rd grade when she pushed her family to join temple IKAR. Emma’s Jewish experience and education was not limited to their synagogue, as she was also a camper at Camp Ramah in California for 7 years, an educator at IKAR for their Hebrew school, and was finally able to come back to Ramah as a full time counselor. She spent a part of this summer working on CSA farm outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Emma is an incoming sophomore at UW and is so excited to start her second year teaching at Kavana. She hopes to make the virtual classroom a place that fosters curiosity, connection, and creativity to help shape the Jewish future into one that is open minded and inquisitive about their place in the world and in Judaism.
Yuval, the son of two Israelis, was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. He has enjoyed working with kids in a variety of settings, including at Temple Beth Shalom in Spokane, Camp Solomon Schechter and now Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle. Yuval is currently a senior at UW pursuing a degree in Philosophy with a minor in Education. He also has experience as a field organizer and political strategy consultant for different campaigns around the country, and is currently the current President of Hillel UW. Yuval is excited to join the Moadon Yeladim teaching team and get to know Kavana kids.
Brielle is excited to return to the Kavana community as a teacher in Moadon Yeladim and Prep and Practice. She grew up in the Seattle area and attended the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle and Northwest Yeshiva High School. Brielle has experience working in youth programs at various Synagogues and being a counselor at different Jewish summer camps. Brielle is starting her Sophomore year at the University of Washington and will be pursuing a teaching internship at the Jewish Day School. She loves working with kids and looks forward to a fun year at Kavana!
Julie is excited to return for another year with the Moadon Yeladim community! She was raised in a reform, international Jewish community of Vermonters and Quebecois and has worked as an educator and mentor in many settings. These include schools, after school programs, and at a Jewish summer camp in Colorado. She has also spent some time goat herding in the hills around Jerusalem. Back in the US now, Julie is in her second year of a Masters of Social Work program. She has relocated to Oakland, California this year and is looking forward to bringing her love of learning, adventure, and kids (of all ages and species) to the Moadon Zoom world.
Lizzi is so excited to continue working with Kavana this year! She is originally from Wisconsin, but has spent time all around North America. She spent 13 years at Jewish summer camp, and loves engaging with Judaism in fun and active ways. Before moving to Seattle, she worked in Mississippi where she wrote and led workshops on Jewish social justice for all ages and interest levels. She has loved getting to know the youngsters in the Kavana community over this last year when she worked with Moadon Yeladim, Havdalah Club, and Prep and Practice. She is starting her second year in Seattle studying for her masters in Museology at UW.
Anaelle was born into a Sepharadic, Modern-orthodox household in San Francisco, California and moved here to study at the University of Washington. She grew up in a home full of tradition and classic Moroccan Sephardic customs. She has always enjoyed learning about her Jewish background and really began to dive into her own studies as she became closer with the Chabad of Oakland/ Piedmont. Anaelle is now active within the Chabad community on campus and is continuing to learn more while pursuing a minor in Judaic studies. She is so happy to be a part of the Kavana Community and excited to continue learning, creating, and connecting with Moadon kids for a second year.
Hava is grateful to be connecting with the Kavana community in new ways by becoming a teacher this upcoming year! She grew up with Kavana, and when she isn’t taking a semester off of college due to covid, she studies child development and sociology at Pitzer College. She’s excited to work with kids in developing Jewish identities during such a crucial time in the world! Outside of working with kids, Hava loves cooking, being outdoors, and exploring Seattle.