All groups are encouraged to engage in Enrichment experiences, which include both observances and “Happenings” for Holiday celebrations: High Holiday services, Sukkot on the AK Farm, Hanukah on the Canal Parade, and our Purim Dance Party. In addition, all students (with or without their families) are invited to join Arts 36 when we visit a local museum, have a Wilderness experience in the mountains, prepare a Shabbat dinner for our community and engage in a direct impact Service Project together. There is also one option to attend Wilderness Torah’s “Passover in the Desert” observance over the week of Passover Break.
Additionally, families will be given 10 “kits” with instructions and ritual objects (some created by their students in class) to bring Jewish ritual and moments home. We encourage to capture these home rituals through posting to our Facebook page or making a video which can be shared with the community.
- Judaism is a Living Experience that is accessed through Ritual, Community and Moments of Awe.
- Creativity is a way to express one’s spirituality and understand concepts like God, Biblical Characters, History and Ritual.
- Spiritual practices like prayer are a way to express one’s emotions of gratitude, praise, joy, regret, sadness in connection to what is going on with their lives right now.
- Religion is interpretive and personal as well as transmitted and communal.
Classes are now in formation for Fall 2017/5778. For further inquiry and to sign up:
Your donation for Creative Torah Academy is tax deductible. Open Temple believes that participation in Creative Torah Academy is for the whole family and requires that families become Open Temple co-creators before beginning Creative Torah Academy. If our suggested membership rates aren’t affordable for your family, please contact us and we will work something out.
Our 2017-2018 rates are as follows:
Shabbat Dance Party (6 and under): $36/family per session, or $100 for the year.
Arts 36 (7-11): $1800/year
B Mitzvah: $6500
Creative Torah Academy Arts 36 was designed thanks to the generous support of the Etzah Fellowship at the American Jewish University Fingerhut School of Education by Rabbi Lori Shapiro.
The evening was amazing, the service was more than wonderful and one that everyone is still talking about. Our friends and family were left with a feeling of knowing what they sat through – a loving, warm service that transmitted the knowledge of what the process was all about. They experienced a Bar Mitzvah in a way none have done so before (as did we).
– Max’s Mom