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2023-24 OLAM CHESED club PROGRAM 5784


Olam Chesed Club is a dynamic multi-age program of community-building, prayer with Rabbi David, and exploration of Jewish life through experiential learning.  We meet on Wednesdays at JCOGS from 4:15-6pm.  
Our theme this year is Ahavah/ Love. As in previous years, we build upon  earlier themes of holiness, blessing, mitzvah,  shalom, and chai —all words and concepts that feature prominently in the Shabbat liturgy.  We will begin each day with some Torah as we follow parshat hashavua/the weekly Torah portion.
Hebrew instruction is offered through online pods of 3-5 students which are assigned by level and age and take place on Mondays or Thursdays.  
Pods bring students from JCOGS and Beth Jacob Synagogue and across northern Vermont together for an additional 30 minute focused class each week. 
We would be delighted for your child/ren to join us for a trial class. Contact Beth Liberman, director of education for more information.


Olam Chesed Club theme 2023-24/5784AHAVAH אהבה/Love

Inspiring a generation of Jews who are spiritually connected, ritually literate, and culturally responsive, proactive citizens who can think critically about tikkun olam locally and globally and rally together to create change.  By exploring the theme of ahavah/love students will understand the foundation of love that guides so much of our liturgy, traditional texts, and our lives as Jewish people, families, and communities. We’ll revisit some aspects of themes we’ve explored in the past through the lens of love.

Perhaps this sums it up why ahavah is such an important and central tenet of being Jewish and what each of us, as Jews, seeks to ascribe to. A beloved Jewish educator was honored after she passed away with these words: Judy’s love of Judaism was robed in a concept called "ahavat Yisrael" — the unconditional love and acceptance of another. This love emphasizes joy over judgment, compassion over condemnation, and empowerment over exclusion.


OLAM CHESED schedule


Our typical schedule:

4:15 - 4:30
Kehilah (community time) gathering
4:30 - 4:50
Tefilah (prayer time)
Whole group learning
4:50 - 5:05
active break of socializing & games 
5:05 - 5:45
Jewish Life, Culture, Ritual and History
learning in age appropriate cohorts
5:45 - 6:00
Blessings and a shared meal (usually pizza but sometimes homemade soup!)


Wed, June 12 2024 6 Sivan 5784