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Classes

Shalom Sunday School programs meet twice a month on Sunday at the Mercer Island Jewish Community Center (JCC). Classes begin at 9:30 am and end at 11:30 pm. We end with a community gathering in the activity room promptly at 11:30 am with parents and siblings, finishing at 12 pm. Programs run September through June.

For a detailed description of the Shalom Sunday classes and program, see The Shalom Sunday Handbook.

Kitah Keff (Preschool)

Community is vital, even to the youngest members of Secular Jewish Circle. Exploring aspects of Secular Humanistic Jewish identity is the aim of this class. Jewish symbols, holidays, stories, language, games, food and dance are introduced. Some Hebrew words will be introduced to gain familiarity.

Kitah Gan (Kindergarten & 1st Grade) 

In Kitah Gan students will explore Judaism further. This class will cover concepts like the Jewish calendar, including Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur, Hanukkah, TuBshevat, and Passover holidays – moving into how they are celebrated their own home – and by their grandparents. In this class children will begin the discussion of Jewish genealogy, names and where each student’s family came from. Students will learn Hebrew letters and words through activities, games, cooking and crafts.

Kitah Aleph (Grades 2-3) 

Our Kitah Aleph class starts to teach students about who Jews are in the world and how we want to leave the world. Students are taught about concepts of Tikkun Olam, Mitzvah, Tzedakah and the value of community. The class embraces the celebration of life-long learning. Kitah Aleph will explore Jewish history starting in the mid 1800’s moving to more recent history, including Antisemitism, assimilation in the United States. Students will use crafts, games, singing and cooking to explore their Jewish identity.

Kitah Bet (Grades 4-5) 

The story of the Jews is the story of an amazingly ancient and resilient people. In the two-year course of learning this history, the students will explore Jewish values, life and contributions from ancient history through the 15th century. They will also explore the intersections of Jewish holidays with history. Students will explore Torah stories and learn about the Talmud.

Kitah Gimmel (Grades 6-7) 

In Kitah Gimmel, students will be encouraged to explore their own identities as Secular Humanistic Jews. Kitah Gimmel contains units of study including The Roots and Beliefs of Secular Humanistic Judaism, Contemporary Issues and a Secular Humanistic Response, Israel and the Middle East, and Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust.

As part of the Shalom Sunday, families may choose to participate in the B’nei Mitzvah program. The B’nei Mitzvah program prepares youth for their (optional) Bat/Bar Mitzvah ceremony. Topics focus on Jewish history, identity, values, customs, and current social issues. The two year program uses community action projects, field trips, and academic study to prepare youth to be valued community members. See B’nei Mitzvah Program Description for more details.

Click here for our community calendar and Shalom Sunday dates.

Sat, October 21 2017