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Re: Sunday School for ''Cultural'' Jews?
Kindershule sounds like what you're seeking. It's a secular,
cultural Jewish school that meets every other Sunday morning in
Berkeley during the school year. The curriculum focuses on
stories, art, cooking, holidays, music & Yiddish. There are 3
classes for children in grades K-5 in this program run by Gerry
Tenney. Gerry also teaches a 2-year bar/bat mitzvah class. It is
definitely an alternative to the religious, synagogue experience.
My children went through the elementary program, one had a bat
mitzvah & the other is in the bar/bat mitzvah class now. The
program is wrapping up for the year but contact Gerry for more
info at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll be happy to talk with you
further as well..
My KinderShule class is a joyous introduction to Jewish life. It is a 2x a month class which meets every-other Sunday at the JCC in Berkeley. We are a Sept to June program.
Contact Betty Albert-Schreck 510-525-6909 betty[at]drshen.com
A while back I read something on this newsletter regarding
a "kinder-shul" for little kids held on Sundays at...the
Berkeley JCC, I think? Anyway, I can't find it on the
website, and I would love to learn more about it. Can
anyone enlighten me? Thanks very much.
My daughter, who is almost 6, has been going to Kindershul since November.
She has had to miss some classes because of other conflicts, but are making
a greater effort to not miss any classes. I think it is a wonderful program
which offers a nice balance of Jewish ritual, culture and Yiddishkeit. The
teacher for the K-1 class, Louise, is fabulous. She is great with the kids.
The class is small - 3 boys and 3 girls.
Gerry Tenney, who runs the program and leads a short music program at the
end of the two hours is very sweet and funny and the kids seems to adore
My only complaint, is that it is only every other Sunday (from 10 to Noon at
the Berkeley Richmond JCC). I wish it could be weekly, because I think the
consistency of timing would be helpful to allow the kids to socialize
better. My daughter is VERY shy in new situations and it is taking her
quite a long time to get comfortable.
The person to contact is Betty Alpert 525-6906.
My son went for several years (it was held at Berkwood Hedge School) and it
was very sweet. Lots of singing, story telling, art projects all centered
Betty is very talented and kind. Feel free to email me ith questions.
Maybe you were thinking of the Shabbat B'Yachad program
Netivot Shalom (an egalitarian, conservative, synagogue)
holds at the Berkeley JCC on the second and fourth
Saturdays for kids five and under. It starts at 11a.m.,
and is parent-run. There's also a program co-sponsored
with the JCC for kids 3 and under. I don't know the
details on that You could call 549-9447 for more info,
or just stop by and check out the Shabbat program and
ask the parents there for more info.
Kindershul is a secular, cultural Jewish school that meets every
other Sunday from 10-noon at the JCC in N Berkeley near Cedar &
Vine. The curriculum
focuses on stories, art, cooking, holidays, music & some Yiddish.
We have family Hanukah, Purim & Passover celebrations. There are
3 classes for children in grades K-5 in the program run by Gerry
Tenney. There is also a preschool program for 3-5 year olds run
by Betty Albert. We'll be celebrating Purim at the next class
which is Feb 17. Families are welcome to come & check it out.
Just a quick correction & addition on the posting about
Kindershul I sent the other day. The email address for Gerry
Tenney is email@example.com. I had an old address in my
message. Also, please add email for Betty Albert:
Our family belongs to the Berkeley-Richmond JCC and I
have read of it through their flyers and monthly
calendar, so I know it exists. Call the B-R JCC at
848-0237 and speak to the receptionist.
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