Nashira Education Project
At Shir Tikvah our youth education program is called Nashira, let us sing. We believe strongly in experiential learning and strive to create meaningful opportunities for the whole family to engage in Jewish learning.
At Nashira you might sing Hebrew songs with your preschooler on your lap, study the birkat hamazon beside your third grader, or discuss Jewish ethics with Rabbi Ariel. Your child might create and paint a wooden mezuzah, learn the Aleph Bet through movement, or discover that homemade matzah is pretty tasty. Both you and your children will find yourselves part of a warm, welcoming community that embraces Jewish learning at every level.
The goal of Nashira is to nurture participation, foster responsibility, and grow Jewish families who view Judaism as a vital presence in all aspects of their lives.
Nashira is comprised of Sunday morning classes, Shabbatonim, and holiday-centered events and workshops. Students are currently divided into 6 groups, although the classes begin together (with their parents) for a half-hour of tefillah. They also often mix for special events and other projects.
Each class has a general theme for the year, with an emphasis on Torah (learning), avodah (prayer) and g’milut hasadim (acts of love and kindness).
Aleph: preK/K Introduction to Judaism and its symbols
Bet: 1st/2nd grade The Torah and its stories
Gimmel: 3rd grade Parent/child Hebrew
Dalet: 4th grade The Jewish Community & Ritual
Hey: 5th/6th grade Jewish Ethics
B’Nai Mitzvah Candidates Torah study with the Rabbi and special projects
If you are not yet a member of Shir Tikvah, please contact the office or Ed and Leah Hershey at firstname.lastname@example.org about joining before registering for classes.
We will consider non-member applications on a case-by-case basis. Please ask.