Kol Emeth Education (KEnnections)

(אבות א:ב)
“The world stands on three things:
On Torah, worship, and deeds of loving-kindness.
(Pirke Avot 1:2)

Reach out to our Director of Education, Sarah Miller, with any questions about our program, or use the Contact-Us Page to let us know you are interested in getting involved.

Education News and Notes for 2019-2020

We have many exciting developments to share this year, including a new format and a new name (“KEnnections”) for our youth enrichment program; a special 3-week “mini-mester” on metamorphosis and insect science; a volunteer Mitzvah Corps for 6th and 7th graders; new programming for teens, and more! Click on a menu topic below for additional details.

KEnnections K-7th Tuesday/Saturday Enrichment Program

Both Tuesdays and Saturdays will now be open for K-7th grade. We will be switching to a new format for our program, now called KEnnections: students will have the opportunity to learn their Jewish content through different enrichment modes (i.e. art, music, drama, coding, cooking, etc.). There will be 2-3 options per grade groupings each trimester, and students will have the ability to select which class they would like to take. The curricular content is still the main focus—this is simply a way to add value, enjoyment, and hopefully help students internalize and retain what they are learning. Our Hebrew curriculum and classes will remain the same and will continue to be offered for 3rd-7th grade only.

Our Tuesday program will be held from 3:45pm – 6:45pm (including a family dinner).

Our Saturdays (9:30am – 12:15pm)  will remain the same as last year, but with an added emphasis on our prayer studies. We are excited to be working with Rabbi Sarah Graff’s new Siddur (written for Camp Ramah), and there will be activities and dedicated time for learning both how to recite the prayers as well as the meaning behind them.

Please note that the month of September will feature a slightly different format, as we explore the theme of transformation and metamorphosis in preparation for the High Holidays. Join us for our three-week KEnnections “mini-mester,” including an insect science lab with caterpillars and butterflies!  If you’ve registered for the full 2019-2020 KEnnections program, the September mini-mester is already included in tuition. It’s also possible to register for the mini-mester separately, without committing to the full academic year.

Register for a full year of KEnnections enrichment (including our mini-mester)

Register for only the 3-week September mini-mester

6th and 7th Grade Mitzvah Corps

This year we are offering an additional educational program for our 6th and 7th graders. As part of the Bar and Bat Mitzvah process, it is important to have an opportunity to participate in hands on community service projects. With this in mind, students who register for Mitzvah Corps will meet one Sunday per month to support different local organizations. This is a great way to fulfill the B’nai Mitzvah project requirement, learn more about areas you can volunteer in, and make a difference.

The exact times for each project may vary, but we are hoping to keep them in the time frame of 10:00am-12:00pm.

Here is this year’s calendar with tentative projects:
September 22 – Make and Deliver Rosh HaShanah Packages
October 27th – Palo Alto Humane Society
November 10th – Mug Painting  & Soup Packs at Color Me Mine
December 8th – Build A Bear Make and Donate Project
January 12th – Planting Project
Feb. 9th – Literacy Project
March 8th – Mishloach Manot Delivery
April 5th – VA Volunteering
May 3rd – Final Day of Service – trip to San Francisco

First Fridays
This year, we will continue to build community and expand our students’ education on Shabbat. First Fridays take the place of Shabbat morning programming by offering a different Shabbat experience. Students and families are asked to join us once a month for these special programs.

Last year’s First Friday themes included Jurassic Shabbat, Legoland Shabbat, and South American Safari Shabbat, among others. Join us for a creative, meaningful family-friendly celebration of Shabbat!

First Fridays this year will be on the following dates:
Sept. 6th
November 1st
December 6th
February 7th
March 6th
April 3rd
May 1st
Themes for all of the First Fridays will be released very soon – be on the lookout for more details!

Kadinkers for 4th/5th Grade, and Shabbat Schmooze for K-3rd Grade
Building community and creating friendships is a big part of the educational process. With this in mind, we have two annual programs for both our 4th and 5th graders as well as our K-3rd graders.

Kadinkers is the name for our 4th and 5th grade social group that meets once in the Fall and once in the Spring for a fun outing.
Save the date for Kadinkers fun on November 3, 2019 and March 29, 2020.

K-3rd Shabbat Schmooze will be a special Saturday afternoon treat and activities following Kiddush lunch.

Join the Shabbat Schmooze crew on September 21, 2019 and April 25, 2020.

Teen Program for 8th -12th Grade
This year, we are excited to welcome our amazing new Youth Engagement Coordinator, Elena Solomon! Elena and our Director of Education, Sarah Miller, have designed programs with opportunities for teens to have deep discussions (which help form deeper friendships), as well as lots of fun activities to get everyone laughing and bonding. We know that time is an issue, so we have limited our programs to no more than twice a month

Some logistics: All Saturday programs will begin at 5:30pm/6:00pm. Dinner will always be included. We will typically be meeting at the KE offices or at the new KE building(once it’s finished!) and transportation to and from any other fun location will be provided. Pick-up after each program or event will also be at KE.

Safe and honest discussions on important topics are a special, distinguishing aspect of KE’s teen program. We know that when you have a good conversation with someone, it creates a pipeline to true friendship. It’s also easy to get so caught up in the craziness of life that we don’t stop to reflect on who we are, where we are going, and what really matters. For all of these reasons, we have carved out time each Saturday night for this piece as well.

For more details about our teen program (including our teen leadership board and madrichim ), please visit our teen education page. You can also reach out to Elena Solomon.
Ready to sign up your teen for 2019-2020? Please complete our teen registration form.

About the Kol Emeth Education Program

We are a traditional, egalitarian, Conservative synagogue, located in the heart of Silicon Valley. Kol Emeth provides programs that meet a wide range of congregants’ needs. We offer a warm environment for Jewish study, prayer and developing a close community. Our services are participatory and led by our Rabbis and congregants.

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Everyone is welcome in our egalitarian Jewish community