What is B’Yachad?
B’yachad (“Together”) is Or Shalom’s Simchat Mitzvah program with interactive study for youth taught by singer-songwriter Harriet Frost and Jewish educator Matthew Gindin.
There will be two 2-hour classes per month on Sundays with Matthew, plus one 2 hour class per month with Harriet.
Matthew’s classes will focus on text based learning, history, Jewish thought, and culture. There will also be occasional multi-media and movie classes.
Harriet’s classes will focus on music, holidays, craft and art activities, liturgical music from the Siddur, and tikkun olam projects such as volunteerism and interfaith activities.
We will also have one shabbat dinner a month hosted at family’s houses on a rotating basis, with each family asked to host Shabbat once during the school year.
A rate of 75% attendance of all aspects of the course is required as a minimum.
Preparing for Simchat Mitzvah
At Or Shalom, Simchat Mitzvah preparation begins two years before our youth are called to the Torah for their first Aliyah. Ours is a multi-modality class meeting on Sunday afternoons during the school year and includes special participation on some holidays and Shabbatot. Our program will include a social action initiative in the spirit of “It is not the study that is essential, but rather the action (Pirke Avot 1:17).”
- Families need to be Or Shalom members to participate in B’Yachad. Membership options are described at https://www.orshalom.ca/membership/
- B’yachad is a two-year program, fee is not refundable.
- A core value of Or Shalom is that fees should never be a barrier to participation; financial assistance for the Simchat Mitzvah program is available to member families.
Questions? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire further about this program.