Creative Judaism combines the traditional with the contemporary, the ancient with the present, the tradition itself with the ability to transcend it. How do these two seemingly contradictory elements combine? Through constant search and probing into what the ancient means today to each one of us. Through a continuing process of redefinition. Through the understanding that in a rapidly changing world, a creative attitude is required in order to engage with, and embrace our ancient traditions.
The goal of the program is to give students a positive Jewish experience, which will carry for many years. Too many of my students’ parents went through their lives with little or no connection to Judaism simply because their own Jewish education turned them off. SCJ’s sensitive and exciting method has not only given kids a warm memory of their time learning about their tradition, but has also had incredibly high rates of Bnai Mitzvah students who decide to continue their Jewish education beyond their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.
How do we do that?
When kids are having fun, they are learning.
Each child is unique. Each one learns differently, thinks differently and is interested in different things. Therefore each class is adapted to the particular needs and interests of the child or children.
While there are core tenants the student must know, we believe that it is what each child is interested in that must be encouraged and explored.
While other congregations begin with the adults and invite the kids in, SCJ works the opposite way. We begin with the students, and it is them who will invite the rest of us to join their journey.
Our classes are filled with physical activities that keep our students engaged. Music, art, theater and sports are used as an integral part the learning process.
SCJ has developed a physical, fun-filled method to learning Hebrew which we call Goof.