Prozdor Program Fall 2020-2021 Update
Following recommendations from the King County Health Department and Beth Shalom’s COVID committee, and in line with Seattle Public Schools, CBS’s Prozdor Program will be offered remotely starting in September, with some opportunities for outdoor family learning and community building. As a small school, we are nimble and able to adjust plans as the situation with COVID-19 changes. We still hope to transition to a hybrid virtual/in-person model once it is safe to do so.
The biggest shift we’ve made in our Prozdor program for the upcoming semester is shifting Prozdor classes off of Shabbat/Saturdays and onto Sundays and weekday afternoons, where we are able to meet together on Zoom. We still strongly encourage 6th and 7th grade students to participate in Shabbat services virtually or in person and to continue to support their peers celebrating their b’nai mitzvah.
We’ve reflected and learned from our experience teaching remotely last spring, and our teachers will continue to study best practices in online Jewish education for the middle school age group. We are committed to offering a high-quality learning experience that reflects our school’s mission and goals while taking into account your feedback and the reality of the challenges of remote learning. Here are a few things that will be different this fall:
– Sunday morning classes will be offered on Zoom for parents and students together.
– Students will participate in small group Hebrew learning based on their level with Rabbi Rose and the CBS Shinshiniyot.
– On Sundays, in addition to the guest teachers and speakers from our community who will join us virtually, we will have a facilitator responsible for helping with tech, facilitating discussions, managing breakout rooms, setting norms and expectations, etc.
– Tuesday afternoons will include a new core course that focuses on Judaism and hot topics/current events in order to give students a chance to process current events through a Jewish lens.
– Teachers will participate in ongoing professional development related to many aspects of teaching and building relationships with students online.
We recognize that each student learns differently and each family has its own level of comfort participating in remote learning and in-person events. Please feel free to reach out to Rachel Wachtel, Education and Youth Director to talk about crafting a positive experience for your child/children this year.
In the meantime, I encourage you to print the attached 6th or 7th Grade Prozdor calendar for a list of important dates and more details about hours and days for each class. Mark your calendars to join us for our first in-person event, Apple Picking just for Prozdor Families, on Sunday, September 27th. And, if you haven’t yet, visit https://bethshalomseattle.shulcloud.com/ to register for school!
As always, we want our Prozdor Program to be open and welcoming to all, and scholarship funds will be available to anyone who might need some financial assistance. To discuss financial assistance, please contact Executive Director Carol Benedick.
Our Prozdor Program (6th – 7th Grade):
Classes meet Saturdays 10:00am-12:30pm & Tuesdays 4:30-6:30pm
*Students enrolled in a Jewish Day School attend Saturday classes only.
Prozdor provides students with opportunities to delve deeper into various subjects within Judaism.
Tuesday afternoons include Hebrew and text learning, a Holocaust course, and an elective hour. Electives vary each semester and include offerings such as: comparative religions, text study, Israeli music, visual midrash, modern Hebrew slang, and more.
Saturday morning courses are facilitated by a variety of Rabbis and educators in the CBS community. At the beginning of each semester a calendar will be provided with the session topics, facilitators, times and locations. In addition to class time, students spend time in the sanctuary familiarizing themselves with the Shabbat morning service and supporting their peers who are celebrating their B’nai Mitzvah.
Saturday morning classes include:
- Tefillah Study
- Synagogue Skills
- Time in the sanctuary
- Partners in Parasha
- Conservative Judaism
- Mitzvot Class
- Modern Day Israel
Parent Participation: Parents of 6th and 7th grade Prozdor students are strongly encouraged to attend the first hour of class with their teen each Saturday morning. They are also invited to stay for the the third class beginning at 11:40 each week.
Prozdor Celebrations of Learning: Tuesday students will have 2 opportunities during the year to share their learning with parents, classmates, and teachers. Mark your calendars for December 17th and March 31st.
Participation in Prozdor is a requirement of our B’nai Mitzvah program.
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Tuition Pricing 2020-2021
CBS believes that Jewish education should be accessible to all. The synagogue’s budget offsets the cost of Religious School to keep it affordable, reflected in the “standard tuition.” The actual cost to educate each child, retain excellent teachers, and provide quality, innovative programming is higher than the standard tuition, reflected in the “unsubsidized tuition.” Members who are willing and able to are invited to pay the unsubsidized tuition or make a tax exempt donation. Standard fee rates are available to members of CBS. Non-members kindly pay the unsubsidized rate. If you are interested in becoming members, please contact Carol Benedick.
In addition, Prozdor tuition is adjusted depending on whether the student is enrolled in a Jewish Day school.
|Standard Tuition||Unsubsidized Tuition|
|Student Attending Jewish Day School||$1,185||$1,633|
|Student Not Attending Jewish Day School||$1,500||$2,132|