Keillat Limmud and Tamid Registration for the 2019-2020 school year is now open. Please click here to register!
The 7th Grade and Tamid programs are comprehensive educational platforms that encompass all of the elements of learning previously familiar to NVHC, but with a new structure and feel. These programs aim to build a home here at NVHC, where students are able to push themselves to experience Judaism in a variety of ways, to build a sense of kehillah kedosha (holy community), and to help them discover who they are as Reform Jews in our community.
The 7th Grade program is moving to an all-inclusive and comprehensive educational program, which includes preparation for Bar or Bat Mitzvah, core Judaic studies, and community building. This program will take place on Sunday mornings during Kehillat Limmud (9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.). As students will be attending for 3 hours on Sunday, there will be no additional weekday requirements. Students will be with their Torah Corps groups throughout the morning, as well as being combined with other groups at times. Students will spend half of their time on Sundays learning Judaic topics. The other half of the time will be spent focused on Torah, Haftarah, and Prayer skills, (including focus on each individual student’s portion), mitzvot and ethics, and discovering meaning in the Jewish texts that they are leading.
The Confirmation program takes place one Tuesday per month during Tamid (6:15 p.m. – 8 p.m.). Any student in 10-12th grades who has not yet been confirmed may participate. This seminar covers high-level learning based on topics that the class chooses at the start of the year, building toward a Confirmation service or presentation on Tuesday, May 21st 2019. Just as B’nai Mitzvah is a public declaration of responsibility for one’s self, Confirmation is the time when a young person declares publicly their responsibility for the future of the Jewish community. Confirmation students are welcome and encouraged to attend any and all Tuesday Tamid programming, although it is not required.
8th-12th Grade Tamid
The 8th-12th grade Tamid program is on Tuesday nights, from 6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., with dinner offered at 5:45 p.m.
Each week focuses on one of four themes: Jewish studies, tikkun olam (social action), social programming, and special activities and elective projects. This will provides us with an opportunity to go into more depth and have more time for each of these categories.
The monthly calendar will be as follows:
1st Tuesday- Talmud Torah (Judaics program). Groups will have the opportunity to build on their core Jewish knowledge. Topics could include, but are not limited to, Reform Judaism, Israel, ethics, philosophy, biblical criticism, leadership, and great texts of our tradition. This learning will occur in smaller groups to ensure that topics are addressed in an age-appropriate manner. From time to time some, or all, of the grades may learn together if we feel that the students would greatly benefit from this type of learning environment.
2nd Tuesday- Tikkun Olam (social action program). For this program, students will be involved in various hands-on social action projects. They continue work on programs in which they have already been involved, such as the Forest Edge backpack program, as well as a wide breadth of tikkun olam activities that benefit different communities in Northern Virginia. These projects are often guided by the students themselves. Not only will the students engage in action, but they will also learn about the Jewish rationale for why their engagement is so important.
3rd Tuesday- Chevrati (social program). This program focuses on community-building for 8th-12th grade students at NVHC. The goal is to provide a specific time and place where these students can gather with less structure to build on the community that is formed throughout the year. These programs might include, but are not limited to, painting a mural, playing board games, watching films, and other fun activities.
4th Tuesday- Meyuchedet (special program). This program will look and feel different every month. Programming might include, but is not limited to, art projects, cooking, community engagement, and guest speakers.
For all 8th-12th grade students (excluding Confirmation), the first Tuesday of the month, Talmud Torah Tuesday (3T), will be required for attendance. This allows the 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 3T 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.
8th Grade Madrichim Training
8th grade students who wish to serve as madrichim in the future will need to be present on Sundays during Kehillat Limmud. Beginning in November, 8th grade madrichim will attend a madrichim training class on Sunday mornings (date and time TBD). This will allow them to immediately put into practice the lessons they are learning. This system will also allow the students to learn from expert faculty and older madrichim.
9th-12th Grade Madrichim
9th-12th grade students wishing to serve as madrichim will attend Kehillat Limmud on Sundays, serving in classrooms, in the office, and with specialists. They act as assistants to both teachers and students, helping students learn Hebrew, guiding their art projects, and retrieving any materials the class might need. Madrichim are an integral part of the Kehilat Limmud experience and our school would not run without them! Madrichim have the option of being paid for their service, or taking community service hours. These teens are truly leaders in our community!
If you are interested in becoming a madrich/a, please email Emily Hummel (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.