Our program has been adapted for 2020-21 year in accordance with health guidelines to promote safety, meaning, and our natural need for personal connection. We will continue to adapt as guidelines shift.
Arts 36 is Open Temple’s unique and new way to do Jew-School for ages 6-9. Comprised of three different gathering experiences: Holiday/Enrichment Experiences, Arts Classroom Experiences and Family Education, Arts 36 introduces students to Spirituality through Creativity.
Arts 36 program is crafted to maximize group time with Creativity, Community Building and Learning. We recognize that spiritual education should not be a burden to the family; rather, an enrichment that we build into our schedules. In accordance with health guidelines, our school meets about twice/monthly outdoors in small groups and every other month for a family experience.
- Holiday and Enrichment Experiences include High Holiday Ritual Labs, celebrations for Sukkot, Hanukah and Purim, a trip to a local LA Jewish Museum, a Family Shabbat Dinner, a service project, a Torah Hike, a city-wide scavenger hunt, challah baking, creative outdoor prayer experience as well as a day-retreat. In addition, families will be offered at home experiences to bring a “living Judaism” into the home.
- Arts Class Experiences: The year is divided into Four Units–Fine Art, Drama, Dance and Music. All experiences are curated and activities match the discipline studied in each unit.
- Family Education: Arts 36 inspires. The creative inspiration and spiritual practices that your child engages in at Open Temple should find their way to your home, and we provide 16 “At Home” experiences with resources and tools for you to create a living Judaism with your family.**
We offer a bounty of experiences over the course of the year and encourage families to participate in at least 36 from this range:
18 Backyard/Studio Experiences
14 Shabbat and Holiday programs
1 Service Project
16 at-home experiences of “Living Judaism”**
**Examples may include:
Light Shabbat Candles, Make Kiddush, Chant Motze, Give Tzedakah, Build a Sukkah, Light the Hanukiah for 8 nights, Plant a tree, Send Mishloach Manot, Study Torah story, visit the sick/elderly, chant the Bedtime Shema, chant Modeh Ani when you rise.
Classes are now in formation for Fall 2020/5781. For further inquiry and to sign up:
Participation in Creative Torah Academy compliments other Offerings in our community and the outcomes impact the whole family. This requires that families become Open Temple co-creators before beginning CTA. If our suggested co-creator rates aren’t affordable for your family, please contact us and we will work with you to open up access.
Our 2020-2021 rates are as follows:
Arts 36 (ages 6-9): $1800
Venice Yeshiva (ages 9-11): $1800
B Mitzvah (ages 12-13): $6500
Register by August 15, 2020 and we will waive our 5% processing fee!
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