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HomeBeis@AA Registration Form

Welcome to HomeBeis@AA!
HomeBeis@AA is where we come together to create a community of curious engaged Jewish souls.We create opportunities for individuals to explore ways to manifest the best versions of themselves and to create a kehilla kedosha (holy community).

In order to fully complete this form, you must submit a current photo of your child and a printed, signed, and uploaded copy of the
medical release form for each child. If you are not able to submit these items today (within this registration form), please email them to Jackie Nix before Sunday, August 4, 2019. The first day of HomeBeis@AA programming will begin on Sunday, August 18, 2019.

 
Our Programs

Kesher (Connection) • • •

Kesher is the religious education initiative for children grades Pre-K – 6th grade. We use the Chai curriculum, which focuses on three areas: Torah, avodah, and gemilut chasadim.
  • Torah (traditional Jewish learning) is an ongoing dialogue between the text and its students. It is real in our daily lives and goes with us wherever we are. Developing the skills to study Torah is essential to integrating it into our lives.
  • Avodah (service) is the introspective work we do to find sacred connections to God, community, and self. Engaging in the work of avodah can bring order, beauty, meaning and insight to our lives and our community.
  • Gemilut chasadim (acts of lovingkindness) is our way of being personally responsible for making the world a better and holier place.
Each week, we encourage our students to see past what they ‘think’ Judaism should be and try to create a Judaism that is truly theirs. This comes through enriching text study, authentic Jewish experiences, and engagement with Hebrew language. Children who are a part of Kesher are placed into age-appropriate Hebrew classes based on knowledge level. Each class is guided by a dynamic and passionate educator along with one madrich (teen counselor) as part of the group. Our madrichim (teen counselors) serve as role models for continued Jewish learning and assist our educators in small group activities.

Learning by K’Futzah (Group)

GAAn B’Ahava (3 Years – Pre-K)
Gan (garden) is a place where our littlest sprouts grow their roots and begin their Jewish learning experience. In this k’futzah, through creative learning methods and the natural inquisitiveness and exploration of children, we develop a sense of Ahavat Yisrael (love for a fellow Jew). Ahavat Yisrael encompasses a love for the people and traditions of Israel. Children must be potty trained to be eligible for this program.

Kesher (K – 1st Grade)
In this class, we focus on developing the foundation each Jewish person needs to live a fruitful Jewish life. These building blocks include stories from the book of Genesis (Bereshit), the study of Jewish holidays and sacred time, and performing acts of chesed (kindness). Additionally, these students learn about what makes a synagogue a special place, an integral part of Jewish learning, and a home for our community.

Kesher (2nd – 3rd Grade)
In this class, we teach students to have ownership and pride in being a Jewish person and how to create a more holy world. This means not only looking out for those within our community and who are like us, but for all humanity and for all people in need. Students learn the laws and rules found in the Torah that help us to live a life filled with holy moments, Jewish stories, celebrations and rituals that help them understand and express their relationship with God.

Kesher (4th – 5th Grade)
The Land of Israel and the Torah are two central pillars that have sustained Jewish existence for 2,000 years. We dedicate these two years to uncovering the roles they play in Jewish culture. One key question guiding this k’futzah, is how we engage with a collective history and how we bring that history into our everyday lives.

Kesher (6th Grade)
At its core, Judaism is about relationships. How we relate to others, to God, to our planet, and most importantly, to ourselves. The focus of these two years is the act of introspection, along with evaluating how we engage with the “others” in our lives. An interaction that we gloss over quickly could have a lasting impression on the person we are with, so our students will uncover the values that guide the way we interact with each other, and how we give a sense of purpose to their relationships as they move into young adulthood.

Madrichim (Counselors) (9th – 12th Grade)
Teens in 9th - 12th grades are eligible to participate in our Madrichim program where they serve as group assistants in an assigned k’futzah. Madrichim will receive community service hours and earn money towards scholarships for Jewish programming (youth group programs, Israel trips, summer camp, etc.). Madrichim are strongly encouraged to participate in TAAglit or AAtid. Eighth graders who wish to be in the Madrichim program in the future, can enroll in our Madrichim in Training (MIT) program.


Shabbat Sessions • • •

This year we are excited to reboot an important piece of our youth and family education program on Shabbat mornings. Families will gather once a month for programming focused on children in Pre-K – 6th grade, along with leadership opportunities for our children that have already become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This program will include opportunities to engage with the weekly Torah portion, devote time for each child’s Jewish spiritual and cultural well-being, and to build literacy for the Shabbat morning experience. More importantly, this will be an amazing opportunity for all our families to gather and celebrate together.

TAAglit Atzmi (Personal Journey) • • •

TAAglit Atzmi (Personal Journey) is a triennial curriculum for students in 7th – 9th grade. The curriculum is uniquely designed to impact day school students and public school students alike. The TAAglit Atzmi program provides an opportunity for teens to interact and build lifelong friendships with teens throughout the Metro-Atlanta area. These friendships are a building block to developing a stronger Jewish identity and connection to the greater Jewish community. This coming year, students will look at the American Jewish Experience. We’ll discuss immigration to the US and Jewish impact on American culture. The program culminates in a 4-day trip to New York City. Highlights of the trip include:
  • Tour of Jewish Heritage Museum
  • Visit to Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty
  • Broadway Show
  • Visit to the 9/11 Memorial & Museum

AAtid (Our Future) • • •

AAtid (Our Future) is a program for teens in 10th – 12th grade. It runs on a multi-year rotation, each year with its own unique curriculum relating to the development and solidification of the participants’ Jewish identity. Each class will be based on primary sources from Biblical, Rabbinic, Medieval, and Contemporary texts. The goal for each student is to acknowledge their beliefs, and more importantly recognize where those beliefs originate. Our hope is that students will find insight in the Jewish wisdom that supplements each topic to help their own Jewish future. This year’s class will focus on The Jew in Me. This curriculum looks to the “BIG” questions that are usually associated with Judaism, including “What is God?” or “Why should I pray?” and “What kind of Jew do I want to be?” Students will look at thinkers ranging from the Rambam to Mordechai Kaplan and will see how the Jewish spiritual relationship evolved over the centuries. The goal of the course is to prepare students to enter the next stage of their Jewish spiritual lives as they enter adulthood. Parents and families are invited to join us for the Shabbat morning and evening sessions.

Chai Youth • • •

The Chai Youth community at Ahavath Achim Synagogue is a home for all Jewish kids and teens in Atlanta. What will you find in our community:
  • Diverse kids and teens
  • Fun social events
  • Educational and religious activities
  • Tikkun Olam (repair the world) opportunities
  • Friendships to last a lifetime
Machar (Tomorrow)
Children in 3rd - 5th grade will get together during the school year for fun, exciting events to start building a community. “Macharniks” get a taste of what the older youth groups do by participating in activities that include social, religious, athletic, social action and much more. Machar engages the children and creates friendships through its programs.

Kadima (Forward)
Teens in 6th - 8th grade become part an exciting community participating in monthly programs, lock-ins and weekly “lounge afternoons.” The programs include social, religious/education and social action to give our “Kadimaniks” a taste of what they will experience later in USY. Kadimaniks are able to attend conventions with Kadimaniks from all over the Hanegev Region and are given membership to Kadima internationally.

USY (United Synagogue Youth)
Teens in 9th - 12th grade make up our senior youth group offering a spectrum of programming that covers all aspects of Judaism, from social to religious services. Diverse programming is planned by the “USYers” themselves and is an important part of the Chai USY experience. By the time our youth move forward after participating in the Chai Youth Community, they should be confident and capable Jewish leaders. Our USYers also attend regional and international conventions with USYers from around the Southeast and North America.

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For more information about our programs and/or how to register, please contact the Director of Youth and Family Engagement, Jackie Nix, at jnix@aasynagogue.org or 404.603.5743 or refer to our "Guide to Ahavath Achim Synagogue's Youth and Family Programming" pamphlet here.

 

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Choose from the list above [Kesher (GAAn B'Ahava, Kesher K-6, Madrichim), Shabbat Sessions and Holiday Programming, TAAglit Atzmi, AAtid, and/or Chai Youth]
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Payment

   GAAn BAhava (3 - Pre-K) - AA Members - $600
   GAAn BAhava (3 - Pre-K) - Non-Members - $700
   Kesher (K - 1st Grade) - AA Members - $1100
   Kesher (K - 1st Grade) - Non-Members - $1200
   Kesher (2nd - 6th Grade) - AA Members - $1400
   Kesher (2nd - 6th Grade) - Non-Members - $1500
   TAAglit Atzmi (7th - 9th Grade) - AA Members - $1250
   TAAglit Atzmi (7th - 9th Grade) - Non-Members - $1550
   AAtid (10th - 12th Grade) - $360
   Madrichim and Madrichim in Training (MIT) (9th - 12th Grade) - No Fee
   Shabbat and Holiday Programming - Kesher Members - $100
   Shabbat and Holiday Programming - Non-Kesher Members - $400
   Chai Youth - USY and Kadima - $300
   Chai Youth - Machar - $228
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Monday, July 22 2019 19 Tammuz 5779