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#notyouraveragereligiousschool

 is where kids come to play, pray, learn, explore and make friends. We have fun every week, learning and living Jewishly and can't wait to share that with you!

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Learning at JPaL

At JPaL, we believe that learning happens when our spirits are ignited, when we're having fun and when we can explore and discover our Jewish passion. That's why we're called the Jewish Play & Pray Learning Lab. Our program nurtures our children's souls, encourages them to have Jewish fun and celebrates their natural instinct to find amazement at every turn.

Each Sunday, our students spend time in the Learning Lab. The Learning Lab is a space in which students take ownership of their learning. They are given the tools and guidance to deepen and broaden their knowledge along with the trust and respect to discover their own learning path. To help students in their learning both at JPaL and at home we have created a one-of-a-kind learning website at www.jpal.online. Jpal.online helps students meet their learning goals and explore aspects of Jewish life and learning that they may have never encountered before.

In addition to all that we learn in the Learning Lab, our outstanding teachers also infuse every session with spoken Hebrew. We use the #ONWARDHEBREW methodology of teaching Hebrew, which is changing the culture of Hebrew learning in part-time/congregational educational programs. Hebrew is no longer confined to 45-60 minute classes, but rather it moves (literally!) with Hebrew Through Movement, is brought into the minds and hearts of children via Hebrew-rich t'fillot/worship, and is regularly intermingled with English.

Kehillot - Learning Communities

Our program is structured around learning communities that allow students to learn from one another, see where their learning is going, serve as mentors and role models, and allow teachers to collaborate with one another.

A multi-age learning community is not the same as a multi-grade learning community where students are still taught as separate grade levels even though they are in the same room.  Multi-age learning communities use flexible grouping and differentiate instruction according to each child’s needs without distinguishing students by grade level.

At Temple Sinai we have four קהילות kehillot-learning communities:

K-1st 2nd-3rd 4th-5th 6th-7th

 

Our Learning Guides

Rabbi David
I am bursting with excitement to meet each and every one of you! My name is David Paskin (aka “Rabbi David”) and I am thrilled to be joining the Temple Sinai community as the Director of Youth and Family Engagement. I have been learning and celebrating with families and children for over two decades.

I currently live in Boca Raton with my wife, Heather and two of my daughters; Ayelet who is a sophomore in high school and Nomi who is a fourth grader. My eldest, Dalia is a junior at the University of Miami. We moved to Florida in 2014 from the Boston area where I served as a congregational rabbi for 17 years at Temple Beth Abraham in Canton, Massachusetts and a teacher and administrator at both the Rashi school, a Reform Jewish Day School and Kehillah Schechter Academy.

In my spare time, I’m known as the “Rock n ’Roll Rabbi” having written and produced six albums of contemporary Jewish music. I’ve been honored to share my music all around the country and in Israel.

You can always reach me through the temple office or pop me an email at Rabbi.David@tsnd.org. I’d love to connect with you!

Ofira Graff
My name is Ofira Graff. I have been working at Hebrew School for the past four years and I am so excited to begin this new school year with you and your children. With twenty four years of experience as an educator, I believe it is important for children to feel that learning is fun. I hold a Judaic Studies and Hebrew Language Teachers License from CAJE and my love for Israel shines in the classroom as I pass traditions to my children and students.

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Liora Ramati
Liora is a vibrant, talented teacher who captures the hearts of children and adults with her enthusiasm and love for Judaism. She is also an energetic Israeli dance instructor who has the pleasure of leading Israeli dance classes. Liora has many years of experience teaching Hebrew and preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah as well as leading Family High Holiday’s services. Liora was born and raised in Israel. She made Miami her home away from home almost 20 years ago when she came for the second time to the Alper JCC summer camp as the Jewish agency Israeli emissary. Liora feels she still fulfills her Zionist mission outside of Israel by creating and keeping a strong bond with the Jewish community. She believes the connections she makes with the community will strengthen their relationship and commitment to Israel. Her goal is to make Hebrew/Judaic learning and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah journey an enjoyable and meaningful journey.

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Fri, November 15 2019 17 Cheshvan 5780