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Romemu: Our Youth Educational Program 

Kesher (Connect)   Chavayah (Experience)    Lomed (Learn)    Chai (Live)

 
What makes Romemu unique? 
 
We are breaking away from the conventional model of religious school/Sunday school/Hebrew school. Our program is learner centered. Our learners will be empowered, actively engaged, innovative, have ownership, and take on leadership. Our teachers will be learning guides, facilitators of conversations and research, creators of community, and scaffolders of creativity and reflection.  Our learners explore how Judaism is relevant to their lives today and how it can help guide their futures.  We are focused on each individual as a whole person emotionally, socially, intellectually, physically, and spiritually. We believe all spaces are learning spaces and we provide multi-access learning.  
 
Why the name Romemu?
 
Romemu is Hebrew for Exalt and Go Higher. We are aiming to go higher in our educational experience, so that our learners may Kesher (Connect), Chavayah (Experience), Lomed (Learn), and Chai (Live). We are encouraging our youth to go higher to be their most compassionate and authentic selves to themselves and to others so they can make a positive difference in the world today.  
 
What are the various components of Romemu that our K4 through seventh graders will experience? 
 
Yachad (together) - Yachad is our core Jewish experiential learning environment. Yachad has learners of similar ages gathered together to build relationships with one another, learn skills to help with building these relationships, and explore together the following: 

  • Sundays (K4 – 7th Grade) - This year our learners will explore the Lifelong Learning theme of "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?" This will be taught over three eidot (units), one for each question. In addition, each Jewish holiday will be taught prior to the holiday so the learners are prepared to celebrate the holiday with their family.  
  • Wednesdays (Third – Sixth Grade) – In addition to the daily check-in, learners will create meaning from personal prayer and make emotional connections through communal prayer.

T’nuah (Movement) - Each Sunday our T’nuah specialist will visit each Yachad group (K4-6th grade) via Zoom for eighteen minutes of Hebrew through Movement. (During this time our Yachad teacher/learning guide will still be in the room with our learners.)  Each Wednesday our T'nuah specialist will visit each Yachad group for 10 minutes of Hebrew through Movement. Hebrew through Movement is a language acquisition strategy in which students learn Hebrew by hearing and responding to Hebrew directions. ​​​​

Tefillah (prayer service) – For a part of each day, learners will join the clergy and our Director of Lifelong Learning for a genuine prayer experience because tefillah is learned by doing. 
 
Chugim (electives) – This year due to our COVID safe return guidelines we are doing class chugim instead of individual chugim. Four times this year, each Yachad group will together choose a chug allowing for group choice and authentic Jewish content in a way that is relevant and meaningful to them. (Hopefully by having four different chugim during the year, each learner will get their top choice by the end of the year.) These chugim may include: animation, games, folklore, and amanut (art). While our learners will stay together as a class, one of the extra bonuses of the chugim is the fact that this will allow our learners to experience up to four different teachers.

Ivrit (Hebrew) tutoring:  Learners in fourth, fifth, and sixth grade will also have the opportunity to study for 20 minutes weekly in an individual, two learner, or small group setting with one of our Ivrit teachers in person or on Zoom. (Each family will determine if they want their child learning individually, with one other student, or in a small group setting.) The times of these sessions will be determined by the teacher and the family or families involved. 
 
If I want to learn even more about the purpose and values of Romemu and all of our lifelong learning at CEEBJ, where can I go? 
 
Thanks for asking. Please click here for our Purpose and Values Statement.
 
What are the days and times of Romemu?
 
Sundays:       9:30 - 11:30 am 

Wednesdays:   5:00pm—6:00 pm 

8th - 9th Grades:

Our program for the eighth and ninth grade has expanded this year. Eighth and Ninth graders this year will have the option to: 

A. Participate in Ofakim (the eighth and ninth grade class) only.

In addition to Ofakim (which means Horizon), 8th and 9th graders are invited to: 

B. Be part of the madrichim program. 

What will we be choosing if we choose Ofakim

  • Once a week (for an hour and a half) eighth and ninth graders will gather together to deepen their Jewish knowledge, spirituality and social connection to their peers.
  • They will begin the year by exploring a variety of topics and choose a topic together. 
  • This year our Lifelong Learning theme is
    • "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?'
    • Therefore each of these three questions will be the essential question of one of the three units. For example, the first unit choices will include topics such as anti-Semitism past and present, Jewish identity through the arts, What's Jewish about self-care? and Walking My Why (What do I believe and value and do my actions match that?) 
  • This program has a built in social component and we will be offering social time depending on the week's lesson and the needs of the learners. 
  • This class will take place at CEEBJ. We have the ability to make it multi-access (hybrid) if someone chooses to take it online for any reason for the year or for any one class session. 

What will we be choosing if we choose the madrichim program in addition to Ofakim?

By choosing the madrichim program our eighth and ninth graders are choosing to: 

  • 1. Madrichim (teacher assistants) working with a specific age group, or with our T'nuah (Hebrew through Movement) program, or with our Lifelong Learning Office.
  • Madrichim may choose to work on Sundays and/or Wednesdays. Madrichim serve as important role models and provide invaluable assistance to our faculty. In addition, it gives our teens the opportunity to serve the congregation and to continue close ties with Romemu.
  • Please note, all madrichim must be vaccinated to participate in this program as this will be in person at CEEBJ. If you want to participate online only, please contact Susan at scosden@ceebj.org or 973-917-9294 so we can arrange something for you. 
  • Madrichim schedule options (one or both!) 

           Sunday madrichim would be working: 9:10 - 11:30 am 

           Wednesday madrichim would be working: 4:40 - 6:00 pm 

  • 2. All madrichim are expected to continue their own formal Jewish education both so they can continue to learn as a Jew and to role model for the younger learners. Therefore, all eighth and ninth grade madrichim are expected to register and participate in name of class. 
  • 3. Five times a year madrichim will participate in madrichim training sessions. Our 8th and 9th graders will gain leadership skills as they learn what it means to be a role model for children. These sessions will take place during their regularly scheduled time. 

Kabbalat Torah: 10th grade:

  • Kabbalat Torah means “receiving Torah.”
  • Our tenth graders meet weekly with Rabbi Berkson to discuss philosophy, current events, Jewish values, and prepare to lead our annual Kabbalat Torah service on Shavuot in which they take responsibility and ownership over their own religious practice in a more mature way. 

Passport To Israel

Attention parents: Consider this amazing program that matches your savings with contributions from CEEBJ and Milwaukee Jewish Federation to enable kids to go on a peer-group Israel trip as teens or young adults.

 

Special needs? We’d love to help!

At Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, we believe that every person is created B'tzelem Elohim, (in the image of God) and therefore each person is unique. Therefore, we are committed to accommodating the learning needs of every person in our educational programs. Our teachers receive training and assistance in adapting lessons for all learning styles. We are excited to be partnering with the Coalition for Jewish Learning of Milwaukee and providing our learners and their families with a Kesher coordinator. The coordinator will help the learner, their family, and the teachers best meet the needs of each learner as well as provide differentiated curriculum. Please contact our Director of Lifelong Learning to discuss your child’s special needs.

Need more information?

For more information, please contact Susan Cosden, Director of Lifelong Learning, at 414-228-7545 or  scosden@ceebj.org.

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