Yachad is CBE’s signature K-12 Jewish and Hebrew education program. Through all stages of Yachad, our students cultivate a kehila kedosha, a holy community, by learning about Judaism through relevant, age appropriate, and interactive methods.
“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”
?אִם אֵין אֲנִי לִי, מִי לִי? וּכְשֶׁאֲנִי לְעַצְמִי, מָה אֲנִי? וְאִם לֹא עַכְשָׁיו, אֵימָתָי
– Rabbi Hillel, Pirkei Avot (Ethics of our Parents) 1:14
Yachad, Hebrew for ‘together’, is CBE’s inclusive after school and weekend Jewish youth education program. Yachad fosters a values-based community and a rich experience with Jewish texts and traditions, with the purpose of developing and strengthening the Jewish identities of our students from Kindergarten through 12th grade, and their families.
As a synagogue institution, we strive to be a place where our highest ideals are lived out, so that we can bring these ideals into the world around us. Maintaining a positive Jewish school culture in which students, teachers, and parents feel valued, supported, and respected, is paramount to establishing an environment where students can learn and grow.
Yachad aims to be an inclusive environment for all learners, from Kindergarten through high school, including the b’nei mitzvah process. Our two learning specialists, Kade and Haley, who both have a background in Special Education, help train our teachers on how to best meet the needs of all of their students, as well as run microclasses for students who learn best in small group settings.
Our curriculum spirals across the grades to deepen our students’ explorations year to year by weaving together the following:
-Engagement with Jewish history, texts, prayer, ritual, and ethics, as tools in formulating Jewish fluency, identity, and memory.
-Joyful Jewish experiences which bring Judaism to life, both at Yachad and CBE.
-The ‘Onward Hebrew’ pedagogy, which includes tefilah (prayer) in Hebrew, Jewish Life Vocabulary, Hebrew Through Movement, and decoding in 5th grade, with the aim of connecting students to both ancient and modern Judaism through engagement with Hebrew integrated into Jewish Studies.
-Tefilah (prayer) as a way for students to explore their spiritual lives, their connections to Judaism and the world.
-A strong focus on building class and school community, so that values may be lived out in real time and bonds formed between students and with the synagogue and Jewish people.
Families will explore these values throughout their time in Yachad, with different values highlighted each year:
|Kavod – Respect (for self, others, materials, learning, space, environment)||Kesher – Connecting (deeper sense of self, others, nature, God/Divine)||Achrayut – Responsibility|
B’tzelem Elohim– Everyone made in the
image of God
|Tzedek– Justice (social, monetary, professional, interpersonal)||Simcha– Happiness|
|Hakarat Hatov– Gratitude||Tikkun – Fixing, from the Jewish concept of Teshuva returning to our best selves||Chesed– Loving kindness|
Kindergarten through High School students are expected to regularly attend Shabbat morning services. Shabbat is a time that allows us to build community, learn prayers, and become more comfortable in services. Attendance at Shabbat services is extremely important in the years leading up to a child’s B’nei Mitzvah. Students in 2nd – 8th grade who do not attend Yachad classes on Saturday are required to attend a minimum of seven Shabbat services throughout the year. There is also a monthly Yachad kiddush following services.
Congregation Beth Elohim greatly appreciates Gruss Life Fund for Jewish Education for their support of the teachers at CBE.