Omanut (art) is a new visual arts based approach to Jewish learning for Grades 4-5. The program is designed to provide students with innovative, thoughtful, challenging and creative learning experiences in order to explore the intersection of their own creativity, Jewish learning, and the arts. We hope that students will build community, friendship, pride, and both arts and analytic skills through collaborative, hands-on projects. Students will use art as a way to explore Jewish text, and then text as a way to deepen the experience of creating art. Throughout the year, families will also be engaged in parallel learning opportunities, student exhibits, family art-making experiences, etc. We are extremely grateful to Combined Jewish Philanthropies and our CJP consultant, Tova Speter, for their support in the creation of our Omanut Program.
During our first session of Omanut, parents and kids began together as one community with a little bit of nosh, shmooze, and welcome. The families were introduced to our two spectacular faculty members, Behzad Dayanim and Ben Cohan. Then, students moved with their teachers to their studio/learning space, where they dove right into a text study of the prayer Yotzer Or and then created collages inspired by the text.
While students were in their studio/learning spaces, parents had the opportunity to learn more about the program and to also study the text of Yotzer Or with Alison Kur, Executive Director of Jewish Living at TBE. Then, parents met with our CJP consultant Tova Speter to participate in a parallel collage making experience.
At the end of the program, parents and students reunited. It was wonderful to see parents sharing their collages with their kids, and kids sharing their collages with their parents. The energy and excitement in the room was palpable, and we are excited to see all the wonderful things that will come this year out of our Omanut program!
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