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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. Our mission is to nurture fuller Jewish life for our children and families.

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 cohort.  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:


One Friday evening a month and one Saturday morning a month for the whole family

Our youngest learners love celebrating with their families and friends
and so our Shorashim program focuses on family learning.

To nurture friendships and a sense of community amongst young families
To celebrate Jewish living in a hands-on, experiential manner
To encourage "take-out Judaism"' Judaism that can be taken from the temple into families' homes


  • Shababa is a family-based Shabbat program that meets once a month on a Friday evening from 5pm-7pm at the temple or one of our local state parks. These sessions include a pot-luck or picnic dinner, short Shabbat service with a PJ library story and a hands-on activity.
  • Playground Shabbat meets one Saturday morning a month from 10am-12pm on the temple playground and invites families to share Shabbat morning together with challah, grape juice and friends.
  • Join us one Sunday a month for our Mitzvah Makers program. We'll choose a different mitzvah each month and learn how, no matter how big or small, we can all make a difference in the world.
  • Families are also actively engaged in temple-wide family programming including Sukkah Sunday, Simchat Torah, and the Purim celebration.

NITZANIM, and KOCHAVIM (2nd-5th)

Sunday mornings from 10am-12pm and one online session during the week along with family programming

Nitzanim and Kochavim are all about finding the joy in Judaism and using all of our senses to experience and grow.

To create a joyful Jewish learning environment
To engage children in hands-on learning experiences
To create a sense of “kehillah” (community) amongst children
To make temple and Judaism “cool”


  • Machaneh is a camp-like environment in which Nitzanim (2-3) and Kochavim (4-5) engage in experiential learning much like they do at Jewish camps. Machaneh includes hands-on activities like gardening, sports, arts and crafts, drama and more. Each activity is crafted with a focus on Hebrew language and Jewish values education with an eye toward the Jewish calendar and parshat hashavua.
  • Chevruta means “partnership.” In Chevruta, students meet once a week, in small groups with a teacher for intensive 20-30 minute sessions focusing on Hebrew learning in the JPaL at Home Zoom room.
  • In between sessions, students will continue and deepen their learning through, our online learning portal, allows children to work at their own pace toward learning goals, earn virtual badges, and compete against themselves to grow each week.
  • Our Nitzanim and Kochavim families will also be invited to participate in family holiday programs throughout the year.

NACHSHONIM (6th-7th)

Sunday mornings from 10am-12pm, weekly virtual check-in's, and a series of Family Programs

SULAM means “ladder” and reminds us of the ladder in Jacob’s dream.
As our 6th and 7th grade children and families prepare to celebrate Bar/Bat Mitzvah,
SULAM helps them to Seek, Uncover, Learn, Act and Marvel.




To prepare children to master the skills needed to participate in their bar/bat mitzvah celebration and to feel a sense of accomplishment in mastering those skills
To nurture meaningful relationships with the clergy of Temple Sinai
To build a community of learners as families prepare to celebrate bar/bat mitzvah
To prepare families for the challenges and opportunities that bar/bat mitzvah presents


  • The Ulpan (intensive Hebrew) program meets from 10-11am on Sunday mornings and includes a virtual chevruta “check-in” (see below) during the week.
  • From 11-12pm students participate in a series of intensives with the clergy aimed at preparing students for bar/bat mitzvah and lifelong engagement with Jewish living and learning.
    • After Nachshonim students celebrate their bar/bat mitzvah they transition to be Madrichim-in-training for the Machaneh program on Sunday mornings.
  • In between sessions, students will continue and deepen their learning through Students will also have access to, our year-long mitzvah challenge website just for b’nei mitzvah.
  • Chevruta means “partnership.” In Chevruta, students meet once a week, in small groups with a teacher for intensive 20-30 minute sessions focusing on Hebrew decoding and reading in the JPaL at Home Zoom room.
  • Nachshonim engage in Family Learning as they prepare to become Bar/Bat Mitzvah as well. Programs include a Fall Family Shabbaton (6th), Ties that Bind and Remind (Early Winter), T’fillah Time (Late Winter), and Mitzvah Means Commandment (Early Spring).

The JPaL Zoom room is where all of our online learning happens!

You can access the JPaL Zoom room by visiting and clicking on the blue Zoom button at the top of the page or by using the Zoom code: 876 566 7040

Our Madrichim (Learning Guides)

Rabbi David
David Paskin, or Rabbi David as he is known, is an accomplished spiritual leader, singer/songwriter, entertainer, Jewish futurist, social activist, and award-winning Jewish educator.

A graduate of Brandeis University (1993) and the Academy for Jewish Religion (2002), Rabbi David has been working in the Jewish world for three decades teaching at various religious schools, day schools, and camps around the country. In the Boston area, David served as Music and Judaics Director of Grossman Camp, as Judaic Studies Coordinator of the Rashi School of Greater Boston and as co-head of school at Kehillah Schechter Academy. Rabbi David's accomplishments in Jewish education were recognized when he received the Keter Torah Award from the Bureau of Jewish Education in Massachusetts.

You can always reach Rabbi David through the temple office 305-932-9012 or by email at He'd love to connect with you!


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.

Ellen Fox-Snider teaches Hebrew Through Movement to our younger grades and Hebrew reading to our 6th and 7th graders. Ellen grew up in the Reform movement’s youth and camping programs and sent her 3 children to URJ Camp Coleman. She has volunteered in many roles in the Jewish Community and now is a Trustee on the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism. Ellen is passionate about experiential education and helping young people connect to their Judaism in meaningful ways.

Fri, April 23 2021 11 Iyar 5781