Experiential Education at Cool Shul
Learning Should Be Fun
What a Jewish Education at Cool Shul is:
We guide our students to find their own answers and to discover their own connections to ancient words and customs so they can form very personal Jewish identities.
At Cool Shul we paint, build, move, create, discuss, debate, touch, see and smell as we explore our spiritual and Jewish universe. No text books.
Led by our Spiritual Leader
Because we believe the environment in which children explore and reflect needs to be extremely safe with consistent messaging, our spiritual leader either leads or co-leads every class to ensure our non-judgmental flavor of Judaism is upheld.
We understand that weekends are important for children to restore and prepare for their school week and that week days are very busy. This is why our Sunday class for children in grades 1-6 is only two Sundays per month. And we understand that sometimes children’s other interests can interrupt their time with us. Judaism can’t be the reason they can’t play a sport or be in the school musical, so we are supportive if there are stretches of time when students have to miss all or part of class.
We don’t have a curriculum written in stone. As the students offer ideas and as we see how they learn, the curriculum continually evolves
What a Jewish Education at Cool Shul isn’t:
Because we want the kids to do and not just listen. We find the students look forward to coming back.
We never teach what “Jews do” or “Jews don’t do.” We know Jews come in all levels of observance and that they are all equally valid ways to live Jewish lives. We only teach rules with the understanding that they are the traditional way of doing Judaism and then try to find modern ways for us to keep the nougat center of that rule rather than have to perform it in a traditional way.
We understand that every family has a unique relationship to Judaism and unique needs. We work with families as much as we can to ensure each family receives what it needs rather than expecting families to fit our expectations.