NVHC will begin our 5781 school year online, including Tamid. Our online program will continue to meet on Sunday mornings. It is our hope that we will be able to meet, at some point, in-person this year. We are working with a group of lay leaders who are advising us on when we will be able to do this in a way that is safe and socially responsible.
Tamid takes place on Tuesday nights on Zoom from 6:15-7:30 pm with an optional dinner/chat time from 5:45-6:15 pm. We consistently rotate between a few different themes and types of programming: Jewish studies, tikkun olam (social justice), social/fun programming, and a “wild card,” one-off experience. This provides students with an opportunity to go more in depth on a variety of topics of interest to them, and have a good amount of time dedicated to each.
For all 8th-12th grade students (excluding Confirmation), Talmud Torah Tuesdays (“Triple T”) are required for attendance. This allows our teen community to have critical mass at least once a month, which creates ruach (spirit), cohesion, relationships, and a venue for communicating upcoming opportunities. While we understand that other obligations compete for the very limited time in a teen’s schedule, we would like for them to show a concerted effort to be engaged with our post-B’nai Mitzvah congregational community by attending as many Tuesdays as possible during the month, but prioritizing that Triple T week. Additionally, we hope that in creating this type of programming there will be an exciting and critical mass of teens present, which is necessary to build a kehilah kedosha, a holy learning community.
Tamid is structured this way to provide a little bit of everything to all of our students, all in an environment that allows kids across grades and interests to learn a lot, be involved in their communities, and have fun!