A Quick Guide of JJPBT Vocabulary
Pathways are the major themes of Jewish learning and living, and include:
Torah – Study
Avodah – Spirituality & Ritual
Gemilut Chasadim – Acts of Human Kindness
Ivrit – Hebrew
Am Yisrael – Jewish Peoplehood
Building Blocks of JJPBT
LEV (Learning Elevates Values) Classes
During grades 3-6, each family (parents and children) will participate in three yearly LEV (Learning Elevates Values) classes in the Pathways of Torah, Avodah and Gemilut Chasadim. LEV classes are held on Sunday mornings. Sessions include a light breakfast, and are taught by our rabbis and the Director of Lifelong Learning. LEV classes are interactive and engaging for children and parents with various levels of experience and knowledge. They are designed to help us reach the heart (lev) of the pathway.
Courses are specially designed to be educational experiences that impart the core values, lessons, and skills of Jewish life. Each course fuses Jewish learning through various educational modalities in the arts, computers, cooking, and discussion. Each semester, participants enjoy new courses along different Pathways. Each student has a Portfolio Page on the JJPBT website. Through their journey, this page will keep track of TAG points earned, courses taken and work uploaded.
All students in grades 3-6 will take a Hebrew course. In 3rd grade, students learn the alef- bet and all of the Hebrew vowels. In 4th-6th grade, students have different course options all designed to support an increase of Hebrew reading fluency and prayer proficiency in an environment most comfortable to their particular learning style.
Students who cannot make it to the Temple have an option to learn Hebrew online with a tutor. Called the Hebrew Homepage, this option must be approved by the Director, and will incur an additional tuition.
The Kathie F. Williams TAG Scholarship Challenge
The Kathie F. Williams TAG Scholarship Challenge is an important component of the Jewish Journey Project Barnert Temple. Designed to incentivize and excite students in grades 3-6 and their families, TAG supports engagement in Jewish learning and life, specifically through three of the Pathways: TORAH (study), AVODAH (spirituality and ritual) and GEMILUT CHASADIM (acts of human kindness through mitzvot). By tracking their TAG points, students may qualify for scholarships of $360 and $3,600.
Third through sixth graders earn TAG points by participating in worship and different Jewish rituals and activities, on-site and outside of Barnert. Students who participate in TAG write reflections on their Jewish experiences and track their participation in holiday and Shabbat rituals, and in performing mitzvot. Students earn special TAG bands (rubber bracelets) and TAGlettes, (similar to CROC “Jibbitz” charms). These points and “TAGlettes” earned will be visible on the participant’s individual Portfolio Page. This will help participants track their journey and progress along the Pathways and throughout the semester. Those students who wish to be eligible for TAG Scholarships will easily be able to upload samples of their reflections and other TAG related work.