Portland Jewish Explorers: Jewish learning for the adventurous family

What happens when you bring together Jewish learning with fun and inspiring activities? When you turn religious school inside out by starting with engaging experiences and discover the Jewish values within?  Portland Jewish Explorers!

Congregation Shaarie Torah is implementing a new approach to Jewish education for Children in grades 3-5 and their parents.  This is a brand new and cutting edge educational program entitled, Portland Jewish Explorers: Jewish learning for the curious and adventurous family.  The program is designed to engage those who are looking for something new in Jewish learning, something powerful, something engaging, and something that connects with other families in the Jewish community.

Once per month, talented local experts will join Education Director, Dorice Horenstein and Rabbi Joshua Rose in bringing creativity and fun together with Jewish inspiration. We will meet at unique locations around Portland that will guide that session’s fun and Jewish exploration.

The philosophy to Jewish learning which is guiding Portland Jewish Explorers is that children are inspired to connect their Judaism to the broader world when they are in fun and exciting educational environments. In addition, when parents are part of the fun they can support their kids’ learning.  PJE will give children and parents access to engaging Jewish ideas, a connection to Judaism, and a chance to meet new friends.

The three programs, once a month on March 15, April 19 and May 17, will be:

All the Worlds’ a Stage: Purim and Pretend
March 15, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Action Adventure Theatre, 1050 SE Clinton St.

The families will join Jason Glick, a professional actor with the Jewish Theatre Collaborative, and local mime Nadav Hirsh, to explore the theatrical dimensions of Purim. Our new acting skills will shape our learning about Purim’s profound lessons.

Eat, Eat!  Nourishing Body and Soul
April 19, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Nourish Northwest, 4418 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Eating is one of the great Jewish traditions. Paula Jahn and Olivia Martino, dieticians and co-owners of Nourish Northwest, will lead kids in preparing a Gluten- free, vegetarian meal. Over our feast we’ll discover how Judaism guides us in caring for body and soul by cultivating gratitude.

Hiking in Green Portland: A Forest Adventure in the City
May 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Forest Park (meet at Congregation Shaarie Torah, 920 NW 25th Avenue)

One of the largest urban forests in the United States will be our classroom as we head to the meeting place of Jewish wisdom and environmental values. Bring appropriate footwear – even in May trails can be a little muddy!

Congregation Shaarie Torah hopes you’ll join them on their adventure to the meeting place of fun and Jewish connection. For more information about the program please contact Dorice Horenstein at 503.226.6131 x 229; education@shaarietorah.org. 

The prices are: Member $60 per child; Nonmember $80.  Parents participate for free.
Also, please contact them about need-based scholarships as they ensure no Explorer will be turned away!

You can also register online at: www.shaarietorah.org/portlandjewishexplorers


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