Our Education Philosophy
Kesher has a holistic view of Jewish education. We believe that creating a heimish, warm, homey, environment based in Jewish values is critical to the foundation of all Jewish learning. Children, parents, and teachers feel that they are known and valued and that we each contribute to creating a vibrant community of learning. Kesher’s philosophy is based on the belief that we each have a place in our Jewish history and that we are each responsible for our Jewish future. We teach in a way that we can all be actively present in our Jewish lives. The Kesher model offers an approach to Jewish education that is tangible, alive and connected to our lives today. Kesher is a program where kids and families are excited to attend, and they joyfully speak about the impact Kesher has in their daily lives.
The Kesher model centers on the learner. Our approach is flexible, allowing for a range of modes through which one can learn and a range of abilities in each classroom. Teacher interests and strengths are reflected throughout the curriculum. We emphasize community building through the practice of kavod, respect, in all aspects of our lives– respect for oneself, for others, and for the environment and space that we share and in which we live and learn. The children are recognized and acknowledged by their teachers and their peers for showing “acts of Kavod.” Kavod is a cornerstone at Kesher from which all the curriculum is built.
Curriculum תוכנית הלימודים
At the beginning of each year, every group of children in Kesher creates a brit , contract or agreement, centered on kavod–this brit, steeped in Jewish values, serves as a guide that supports what we learn. The brit helps Kesher students and tsevet (staff) navigate together as a Jewish community.
When you come to visit Kesher in Cambridge you see classrooms with walls decorated with children’s work that reflects the current Judaica and Hebrew units–Hebrew and children’s work is everywhere! You smell the traditional foods for upcoming holidays, and hear and sing songs of the season, period in history or t’fillot, prayer. You might listen to or watch the dramatic presentation of a specific time in history or holiday story. You will find resources available for adults and families to read and borrow. You will experience the ruach (spirit) of a truly wonderful community of learners!