What does a typical session look like?
4:00-4:30: Children are greeted by Mensch Staff, and answer an Opening Question. They have a snack and work on individualized Hebrew experiences.
4:30-5:00: Opening Circle (Ma’agal P’ticha). We gather as a community (kehilah) to welcome each other, and sing and pray together.
5:00-5:45: Project work around our Jewish theme. This includes exploring Jewish ideas through text study, music, art and dialogue. Mensch kids develop big questions and ideas that they express through designing and creating projects.
5:45-6:00: Closing Circle (Ma’agal Siyum). We gather to celebrate our day and sing together.
6:00: Bye! See you next time! (l’hitraot).
Why are there multi-age groups?
Why does it meet on two different days of the week?
Who are the teachers?
What is a responsive curriculum?
Why do kids attend once a week (K+)?
In order to truly create space where kids can feel vulnerable and open up to develop their own ideas, we need time to create a sense of community. In our experience, meeting once a week allows us to develop that communal trust that leads to deep learning and understanding.