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Religious School Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Please register your child(ren) for the new Religious School year by using  THIS LINK.

PLEASE NOTE: We will have in-person Religious School, with masks required for all attendees, teachers and students.

Upper School Programs for 2021-22

8th grade Sunday program.  8th Graders are invited to register for a new program meeting Sundays from 11:30 am to 1 PM.  Lunch will be provided. First class begins Sunday, October 3rd.  Tuition = $360 for the year.  Please register at the above link.

FREE 9th-12th grade drop-in sessions.  All 9th-12th grade students are invited to join the Rabbi and Dasha for in-person, low-key Jewish time.  We will have cooking, meditation, and other ways of being together and healthy.  No fee or registration is needed - just show up!  Sunday evenings from 7-8:00 pm, beginning October 3.

JTConnect for Teens - 3 free programs emphasizing Social Action.  

Welcome to our new Religious School Principal

Dasha Baker
Phone: (860) 633-3966
Email: dbaker@kolhaverim.org

We welcome Dasha Baker as our new Religious School Principal effective July 1, 2021!  A warm, energetic, and welcoming educator, Dasha has over 30 years of experience in Jewish Education including teaching, mentoring, tutoring, Family Programming, and Religious School directing.  During her career she has worked at Har Sinai Congregation in Baltimore, Maryland; Temple Shir Tikvah in Winchester, Massachusetts; Beth El Temple Center in Belmont Massachusetts; Gateways: Access to Jewish Education in Newton, Massachusetts; and Sinai Temple in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Dasha has Master’s Degrees in Jewish Education and Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University, a Certificate in Jewish Communal Service from the Baltimore Institute for Jewish Communal Service, and is Certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Responder by the National Council for Behavioral Health.

Dasha loves Jewish Education because she believes every student and teacher can succeed.  In her words, “My students and teachers always validate my belief in them – how can I not love my work!”  Her passions include Jewish music and studying Torah.  She is looking forward to working with the Kol Haverim Religious School and meeting the members of this community.  She lives in Watertown, Massachusetts with her husband, their son, and 2 cats.

Teacher Opportunities for 2021-22 School Year.

We are still looking for the following teacher positions starting in December:
 

- Kindergarten/1st Grade - Sundays 9-11 am
- 2nd/3rd grade - Sundays 9-11 am

Please contact Dasha or Allison Kaufman, VP of Education at vp-education@kolhaverim.org, if you are interested or have suggestions for good candidates.

Religious School

PLEASE NOTE: We will have in-person Religious School, with masks required for all attendees, teachers and students.

Our children are Judaism's most important resource; and our hopes and dreams for our Jewish future. We, at Kol Haverim, are dedicated to building a warm, comfortable and positive climate of Jewish experiences and learning for our students. Parents are the necessary ingredient to make our efforts successful. Please join us in this endeavor!


Religious School Documents

NEW 7/20/21: 2021-2022 Religious School Calendar and Events (PDF file)

NEW 8/14/21Revised 2021-2022 Parent Handbook (PDF file)

2020-2021 Bar/Bat Mitzvah Handbook for Parents: CLICK HERE (PDF file)

About our Religious School

One of Kol Haverim's fundamental goals is the transmission of Jewish Heritage. In conjunction with an active Jewish home life, our educational programs strive to increase Jewish literacy, feeling, knowledge and observance and to foster a love for the Reform Jewish way of life.

THE KOL HAVERIM RELIGIOUS SCHOOL inspires our children with a positive and abiding connection to our Jewish faith, history and traditions. The Religious School begins with the Nursery Program and continues through 12th grade with the goal of creating a literate, caring, active Jewish young adult at the time of confirmation.

 

The Kol Haverim Religious School strives to educate our children to become:

  • Jews who affirm their Jewish identity and bind themselves inseparably to our people by word and by deed.
  • Jews who bear witness to the Brit (the covenant between God and the Jewish people) through the practice of mitzvot (commandments) as studied in the Torah and classic Jewish literature, and as interpreted in the light of historic development and contemporary liberal Jewish thought.
  • Jews who affirm their historic bond to Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel.
  • Jews who cherish and study Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people.
    Jews who value and practice Tefilah (prayer).
  • Jews who further the causes of Justice, Freedom, and Peace by pursuing Tzedek (righteousness), Mishpat (justice) and Chesed (loving deeds).
  • Jews who celebrate Shabbat, the Holy Days and the festivals and observe the Jewish ceremonies marking the significant occasions in their lives.
  • Jews who esteem their own person and the person of others; their own family and the family of others; their own community and the community of others.
  • Jews who express kinship with K'lal Yisrael by actively seeking the welfare of Jews throughout the world.
  • Jews who support and participate in the life of the synagogue.

The Nursery Program meets twice a month, while Grades K - 2 and 7 - 12 meet once a week. Hebrew studies begin in the 2nd grade and Grades 3 - 6 meet twice a week. Bar/Bat Mitzvah instruction is provided in the 7th grade.

Family education programs provide opportunities for families to learn and celebrate together through enjoyable experiential and participatory activities.

Tue, September 21 2021 15 Tishrei 5782