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We hope everyone is safe and healthy during these times. 


Fall Program Information- 
We have been carefully following what is known about COVID19, and we have decided to conduct TBE youth activities, including Temple School as a hybrid program, combining online meetings with outdoor meetings, masks on, 6 feet apart, and weather permitting. The number one purpose of our children’s and youth programs is to foster connection. Although TBE remains closed, we feel it is important and necessary to facilitate connection for the children of the congregation in ways that are understood to be safe, to help kids avoid depression and alienation. Outdoor activities are permitted for places of worship. We have consulted with medical experts, one of whom suggested that although we never can be sure there is no risk, there is strong evidence that being 6 feet apart with masks on outside is safe. The real challenge will be ensuring that all students and parents adhere to strict physical distancing and safe use of bathrooms. We are also concerned about the potential for risky decisions parents will make on the outskirts of our program, such as carpooling and hanging out together in the parking lot.  

Although our program will be primarily online Sunday mornings, we will offer a monthly in-person class from 1:00pm to 2:30pm to two grades each Sunday that we are in session, outdoors at TBE with our wonderful Temple School teachers. Grades 2 through 6 will meet online every Sunday morning that we are in session, and Grades K/1 will meet half the time online and half in person. Hebrew High electives (see below) will meet on Wednesday evenings, and 7th grade will meet on Wednesday evenings with Rabbi Shifra, Cantor Alisa, and Rabbinic Intern Sarah-Tziporah Moser. 7th graders and their parents will also be offered one in-person outdoor session at TBE per month.  

 
The key to successfully running this program safely will be that everyone strictly maintain the 6 feet distance, and keep their masks on. 

Let me tell you more about our excellent online programming. We have teamed with Shalom Learning, outstanding online teachers and cutting-edge online tools to bring wonderful and engaging Jewish studies for all grades. Our online teaching team features 4 outstanding teachers; Korrine Fitz (Grade 6) and Stacey Barros (Kindergarten/1st grade) from TBE, Cantor Nina Fine (Grades 3 & 5) who lives in Florida and Shani Sicherman (2nd grade and 4th grade), a Jewish Educator and online curriculum expert who lives in Israel. Our 4th through 6th grade Hebrew Program will feature weekly one on one instruction from our wonderful, caring and dedicated Hebrew teachers along with an outstanding self-paced online Hebrew Reading Program. Please look out for your follow-up e-mail to sign your 4th through 6th grader up for their regular Hebrew tutoring time-slot. 
On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, our 4th-6th grades KEF program will offer 2 electives, one online and one in person. Although the details are still being worked out, the most updated proposal is to offer the following 2 electives. 4th through 6th grade students can sign up for one both options, space permitting.  
          1. “Judaism Outdoors” which will meet in various parks and beaches around the county, on Tuesdays from 3:30pm to 5:00pm.  The first meeting will be at TBE on October 6th.
          2.“Jewish Cooking Show” which will meet online on Wednesdays from 4:30pm to 6:00pm. Families will be given a list of ingredients 2 weeks in advance and each week a teacher will guide students as they cook delicious Jewish foods for their families in their own kitchens (and clean up afterward). 

Teen Involvement -As part of her Certificate of Jewish Education Sarah Clarkson will be creating a Jewish Educational Interns (JEI) program for our teen youth for both online and in person classes. JEI students would assist in the Sunday classes as well as meet outside of class once a month together with our new SRFY Youth advisor and Sarah to discuss different topics on a monthly basis. There will be time for reflection on their experiences as well as time to meet with the other teen assistants. Students will help develop the curriculum as we move forward each month. In addition, our SRFY Youth Advisor Shannon Boucher will offer frequent opportunities for teens to get together in person and online. 
 
Hebrew High Electives, Wednesday evenings 7:00PM-8:30PM online 
          1. JCAT- Temple Beth El Hebrew High has been accepted in a pilot educational program called “JCAT: Jewish Court of All Times.” Our students will participate with university student mentors in a simulation of a trial in which great minds from across the range of human history gather to consider a major dilemma from history. After researching the character they will play, and the historical dilemma or current events issue, students will participate in an evolving courtroom simulation. 
 
          2.“Jewish Cooking Show” will also meet online on Wednesdays for Hebrew High. Families will be given a list of ingredients 2 weeks in advance and each week a teacher will guide students as they cook delicious Jewish foods for their families in their own kitchens (and clean up afterward).  
 
Below, please find the most recent text of TBE Youth Programs and Temple School’s Physical Distancing Guidelines. Although I am completely opposed to any efforts in our society to disregard scientific evidence in order to re-open the economy, I do think it is important to cautiously provide what social interactions we can safely offer to our children and youth. In fact, I believe that it is TBE's responsibility to lead the way on this, as this pandemic is not going to disappear any time soon. I would be grateful if you would give me feedback and share your concerns, because I really want this to work for everyone. 

 
Blessings, 
Rabbi Shifra 
swp@tbeaptos.org
 
TBE Youth Programs and Temple School Physical Distancing Guidelines   
(Based on California Places of Worship Guidance ca.gov)  
 
All in-person meetings will be outside, with masks on. Parents are asked to take their child’s temperature and conduct a wellness check on their child before each and every meeting. 
 
If you do not feel well, or have any symptoms that could be related to covid  such as sore throat, rash, fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea, or if you have had contact with anyone with covid, please attend on zoom only. If you have had any of the following symptoms in the past two weeks, or have had contact in the past two weeks with anyone who has had these symptoms, please attend on zoom instead of in person; sore throat, rash, fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea
 
• Physical distancing of at least six feet between households will be 
maintained at all times. Upon arrival, each Parent/Student household will proceed directly to their designated space. You may bring lawn chairs, umbrellas, shade structures, pillows, or anything that you would like to set up in your designated area to make you more comfortable. Please bring hand sanitizer, a water bottle with your name on it, sunscreen and outdoor clothing appropriate to the weather. 
 
• Upon arrival please park at least one space away from any other cars 
that are unloading. Please do not approach other families except to say 
hello from a distance. Please help us to minimize crossflow of people by going straight to your designated spot and getting settled there. 
 
• We are a hugging congregation. However, please do not hug or kiss or touch anyone. It has been our experience that even hugging someone who does live in your house can start other people hugging. We love expressing affection, but limiting touching will help make everyone feel comfortable. 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS

 
Sunday October 11
· 10:00 am on Zoom
     K-6 All School Simchat Torah Celebration AND Kindergarten Consecration
 
· 1:00-2:30 pm “in person” at TBE
     3rd and 5th grades
Rabbi Shifra will meet with parents of 3rd and 5th graders during class time outside the café, on the patio.


Tuesday, October 13
· 3:30-5:00 pm
      KEF Outdoor Judaism for 4, 5, & 6 Grades
      Meet up at
Spring Trail Trailhead

      700 Spring Trail, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
 
Please follow the
Temple School Physical Distancing Guidelines.

Wednesday, October 14
· 4:30-6:00 pm on Zoom
      KEF Cooking Class for 4, 5, & 6 Grades
· 7:00-8:15 pm on Zoom
· 7th grade class
· Hebrew High Cooking Class for 8, 9 & 10 grades

      JCAT (Jewish Court of All Times) Class for 8, 9 & 10 grades
 

 Contact Sarah at sclarkson@tbeaptos.org for ZOOM links.

Sat, October 24 2020 6 Cheshvan 5781