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Hill Havurah's Yavneh on the Hill (Religious School) Updates

 

Hill Havurah's Yavneh (Religious School) staff are busy planning for the 2020-2021 school year. Registration materials will be sent out in June. If you have any questions about our innovative, creative, hands-on, and caring Jewish educational program for PreK3-7th grade students for members and non-members, please contact Rabbi Julie Gordon, Hill Havurah Rabbi Educator. She can be reached at rabbijulie@hillhavurah.org or (301) 836-1259.

  

Yavneh on the Hill Jewish Education Program

Yavneh on the Hill is Hill Havurah’s Jewish education program for students in PreK-3 through 7th grade, with post-B'nai Mitzvah opportunities for teens to work as madrichim (teacher’s assistants).  We welcome children to our engaging and supportive hands-on learning environment taught by caring teachers who are enthusiastic about sharing their Jewish passions and knowledge. We seek to foster a warm, inclusive, and stimulating environment  for students and their families to develop their personal Jewish identities.

Students develop Hebrew prayer skills to actively participate in Shabbat and holiday services. Each student will develop knowledge and comfort to lead his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah service.

All Events
  • Wednesday ,
    JunJune  10 , 2020
    Covid-19: A View from the Community
    Wednesday, Jun 10th 7:00p to 8:00p
    Hill Havurah presents an hour-long action-oriented Zoom panel discussion on how Covid-19 is impacting under-served (i.e., mainly black and brown) populations in DC. Panelists will include: Maurice Cook, Founder and Executive Director of Serve Your City DC and leader of the Ward 6 Mutual Aid Network; Ambrose Lane, Jr., Director of DC's Health Alliance Network and Ward 7 community activist; and Clayton Rosenberg, Chief of Staff of the Alliance of Concerned Men and a violence interrupter. This is an opportunity to hear how Covid-19 is affecting many of our neighbors, how local and community-based efforts are mitigating the damage done to these citizens, and how we can contribute to improving conditions for so many adversely affected by the pandemic. This discussion will build on our April and May interfaith conversations with Mount Moriah Baptist Church, led by Rabbi Hannah and Pastor Dalton. You need not have participated in any of the previous discussions to be a part of this one! This is a virtual Zoom program. For more information, and to find out how to join us for it, click on the "HERE" link at the top of this website's homepage under "Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Programs and Services."

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  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  13 , 2020
    Meditation and Torah Study
    Shabbat, Jun 13th 8:45a to 9:45a
    Start your Shabbat morning with some meditation and Torah study -- from the comfort of your own couch. Wear your most special Shabbos sweatpants. This is a virtual Zoom program. For more information, and to find out how to join us for it, click on the "HERE" link at the top of this website's homepage under "Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Programs and Services."

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  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  13 , 2020
    Tot Shabbat
    Shabbat, Jun 13th 10:00a to 10:30a
    Join Rabbi Hannah as she incorporates music, story, and legendary “Torah Parades” to create a joyous Shabbat experience for toddlers and their parents.

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  • Monday ,
    JunJune  15 , 2020
    Jewish Community Covid-19 Briefing with Federation CEO Gil Preuss
    Monday, Jun 15th 7:30p to 8:30p
    The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting every person in the Hill Havurah community and every organization in Jewish Greater Washington and beyond. Join Rabbi Hannah and Federation CEO Gil Preuss for a conversation about our community’s needs and the actions Federation is taking to protect vulnerable individuals and vital institutions. The discussion will focus on what Federation is doing to navigate our rapidly changing reality, from emergency fundraising response efforts to keeping our community connected even as we’re physically distancing. Together, we must ensure that we can weather the crisis of today and still have a strong and vibrant Jewish community tomorrow. Learn how you can play a crucial role in making that happen. This is a virtual Zoom program. For more information, and to find out how to join us for it, click on the "HERE" link on this website's homepage under "Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Programs and Services."

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  • Friday ,
    JunJune  19 , 2020
    Family Singalong: Bringing In Shabbat
    Friday, Jun 19th 6:00p
    It's our family pizza Shabbat... without the pizza or the physical gathering! We'll sing our favorites, including the Dinosaur Song, and get ready for Shabbat via Zoom. This evening, consider wearing your favorite superhero gear, as our family singalong will be followed by a community-wide superhero-themed Shabbat service! This is a virtual Zoom program. For more information, and to find out how to join us for it, click on the "HERE" link at the top of this website's homepage under "Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Programs and Services."

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  • Friday ,
    JunJune  19 , 2020
    Pride Shabbat
    Friday, Jun 19th 6:30p to 7:30p
    Join us for our monthly Kabbalat Shabbat service -- with a special LGBTQ Pride theme, enhanced by the words and melodies of a variety of LGBTQ Jewish thinkers. This is a virtual Zoom program. For more information, and to find out how to join us for it, click on the "HERE" link at the top of this website's homepage under "Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Programs and Services."

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  • Saturday ,
    JunJune  20 , 2020
    Community Havdalah
    Shabbat, Jun 20th 7:00p to 7:30p
    Got a havdalah candle, a glass of wine or cup for juice, and some cinnamon to smell? How about some comfy sweatpants? All items are optional -- let’s sing out Shabbat in community. This is a virtual Zoom service. For more information, and to find out how to join us for it, click on the "HERE" link at the top of this website's homepage under "Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Programs and Services."

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  • Tuesday ,
    JunJune  23 , 2020
    Hill Havurah Annual Meeting
    Tuesday, Jun 23rd 7:30p to 9:00p

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  • Thursday ,
    JunJune  25 , 2020
    Online, Facilitated Conversation on the Current Employment Situation
    Thursday, Jun 25th 10:30a to 11:30a
    You are invited to participate in a facilitated conversation, led by facilitators who have expertise and experience in career transition, to explore the current employment picture during this Covid-19 pandemic. Our purpose is to explore, and then respond to, member needs about pressing issues relative to the job market and its current challenges and opportunities. This is a virtual Zoom program. For more information, and to find out how to join us for it, click on the "HERE" link on this website's homepage under "Upcoming Hill Havurah Virtual Programs and Services."

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  • Tuesday ,
    JunJune  30 , 2020
    Free Webinar on Wills, Trusts, Medical Directives, Powers of Attorney, and Estate Planning
    Tuesday, Jun 30th 7:00p to 8:00p
    On Tuesday, June 30th, at 7:00 pm Rebecca Geller, President/CEO of The Geller Law Group, will present a free interactive online workshop about the importance of planning for the future, regardless of your family's circumstances or goals. Whether you're starting out, starting over, or looking to retire, you need to be prepared with important legal documents for your family. Her presentation will cover: Drafting Wills: both simple and complex, charitable donations, guardianship for your kids, etc. Creating Trusts: revocable, irrevocable, and special needs trusts Business Succession: plan for the future of your business Advance Medical Directive: a living will, DNR, medical proxy Powers of Attorney: proxy for legal and financial decisions Real Estate Deed: transfer real estate to a loved one and avoid probate Probate: What is it? How to avoid probate court? Do online legal tools avoid probate? The webinar is expected to last about one hour. If you would like to participate, please RSVP to JRuff@thegellerlawgroup.com. Mention this webinar. After you register, you will receive a secure link that will allow you to join.

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Yavneh’s educational goals are to provide students with opportunities to develop a personal appreciation for Jewish culture and traditions, including values, history, music, and art;

  • Celebrate Jewish holidays through study and creative projects that are integrated in our whole-school spiral curriculum. Students in each grade build and deepen their knowledge gained from prior years;
  • Participate in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) projects to deepen their commitment to social justice for all people in need of our support;​
  • Develop respect and commitment to care for Jewish people in our community. Learn about the variety of ways to express Jewish identities in the USA, Israel and throughout the world. Develop respect for people of other faiths;​
  • Develop Hebrew reading skills to understand and chant Shabbat and holiday prayers.

Rabbi Julie Gordon, Hill Havurah Rabbi Educator

 

Rabbi Julie Gordon joined Hill Havurah as Rabbi Educator after serving 36 years in educational and rabbinic roles with congregations and schools in Bethesda, the Twin Cities, and Brooklyn. Rabbi Julie was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She lived in Jerusalem, Israel from 2010-2013 and earned a master’s degree in Jewish Education from Hebrew College in Boston and the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies. Rabbi Julie studied at the Conservative Yeshiva and Ulpan Milah. As part of her dedication to lifelong learning, she completed the two-year Mandel Teacher Educator Institute (MTEI) professional development program.  

Rabbi Julie is deeply committed to the Hill Havurah community values and has experience meeting the educational needs of our diverse and growing congregation.

 Rabbi Julie is the proud mother of Shoshana, son-in-law Tim, and Ari. She is grateful that her adult children live in DC.

Schedule

  • Pre-K through 3rd Grade Schedule during the year:

    • Students study from 9:30 am-11:30 am.  Students are also welcome to participate in arts and crafts, stories and games from 11:30 am-12:30 pm.

  • Children enrolled in 4th Grade through 6th Grade:

    • Students study from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. In addition to their curriculum described in the links below, students study Hebrew in small groups to support and encourage each child's progress.

Curriculum Highlights

Hebrew:

Pre-K: Student learn basic modern Hebrew words and songs.

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade:  Students learn brachot (blessings) and the Aleph-Bet through song, art, Aleph Bet Yoga, and Hebrew Through Movement.

4th-6th Grade: Students develop Hebrew reading skills and personal understanding of prayers and brachot (blessings).

The 7th Grade/B’nai Mitzvah class studies with Rabbi Hannah. They are learning the Shabbat morning service, exploring the meaning of prayers, and develop prayer leadership skills.

Judaic Studies: Click on the links below to see a detailed curriculum for each grade

Shabbat, Holidays, and Israel:

Using our whole-school curriculum, each class learns a different aspect of holidays and celebrate the rituals and enjoy eating the special foods. Kindergarten students are welcomed to Jewish education/Consecration during our community Simchat Torah celebration.

Tuition and Registration

2019-20 fees for Yavneh are $1400 for members and $1750 for non-members. 

 2019-20 fees for Pre-Yavneh are $900 for members and $1272 for non-members. 

 For more information, please review our REGISTRATION LETTER for the 2019-20 school year. 

Questions: If you have questions about Yavneh, please email Rabbi Julie Gordon at rabbijulie@hillhavurah.org or call her at (301) 836-1259.

If you have questions about enrollment, payment, and/or financial assistance, please email Executive Director Alan Shusterman at alan.shusterman@hillhavurah.org.

Sat, June 6 2020 14 Sivan 5780