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Community School is Coming!

The First Day of SMS Religious School for 2021-22 is September 19th

Join us on Sunday to learn about our new partnership with the Community School under the direction of Rabbi Adam Lutz

We're excited about our plans for next year; they include:

Judaica: Students will learn to cook Jewish food while thinking and learning about Jewish History, Values, and beliefs.

Social Justice: Students will participate in an active theater program that highlights justice

Hebrew: Hebrew will be taught online on Wednesdays and students will receive one-on-one tutoring on Sundays as part of the Hebrew “side by side” program.

Teens: Our teens will develop their leadership skills during a 10-week L'Taken program taught by Rabbi Lutz with a culminating trip to Washington DC

Madrichim: Teens can also receive leadership training and participate in team-building retreats

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How will we collaborate with the Community School?

The SMS Religious School will be part of a larger synagogue educational partnership called The Community School. The Community School, developed by Rabbi Adam Lutz, is a research-based collaboration between several synagogues in the greater LA area to provide cutting-edge, high-quality Jewish education. It focuses on project-based learning and a curriculum that emphasizes real-world issues and community problem-solving. Students look at the world through a Jewish lens - Jewish values, prayers, holidays - and internalize what they learn.

Through collaboration and team-building activities, students build connections with their classmates, gain self-confidence, develop critical thinking, and hone the 21st-century skills they need to succeed in school and become engaged, excited, and active Jewish adults.

About Rabbi Adam Lutz*

Rabbi Adam Lutz, the coordinator of the Community School, believes Jewish education should provide students with a "lab-like environment" to learn, explore, and apply Judaism.

Rabbi Lutz’ combination of technical prowess, educational expertise, and Rabbinic knowledge has allowed him to develop a religious school that relies upon all three of these skills. Instead of a top-down approach, he has designed a curriculum that meets children where they are, and shows how Judaism can help them navigate the modern world incorporating Jewish values. Rabbi Lutz' forward-thinking approach gives hope for the relevance of Jewish education.

*Please note - Adam Lutz is the son of our Interim Rabbi, Barry Lutz.


JLearn Hub (4th - 7th Grade)

Learn more about JLearn Hub here.

This is our online Hebrew study platform.

Hebrew Through Movement(3rd and 4th Grade)

Hebrew is introduced in a playful and meaningful way, creating a positive first link between children and Hebrew.

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