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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.

During this pandemic, JPaL is looking again at how we can help our children continue learning about their heritage and stay connected to their JPaL and Temple Sinai family. Pikuach Nefesh, protecting life, is our first priority. To preserve and protect our children’s health and safety we will be beginning the year virtually in a new and exciting way. 

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:

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


JPaL Schedule

Access the JPaL Zoom room by clicking on the blue Zoom icon at the top of

The JPaL Zoom room is where all of our synchronous learning will happen and where the Beit Midrash (see below) will take place.



For our K through 5th graders we have re-designed and “gamified”, our online learning portal so children can work at their own speed toward learning goals, earn virtual badges, and compete against themselves to grow each week. houses our entire Judaics curriculum in an engaging and empowering format that helps children own their learning.

To support students in their learning, each kehillah will have one synchronous session each week (Chagigah) and each student will have a small group Chevruta session focusing on Hebrew decoding.

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

Chevruta means “partnership.” In Chevruta, students meet once a week (on Monday afternoons from 4:30-5pm), in a small group with a teacher for intensive 30 minute sessions focusing on Hebrew decoding and reading and Jewish vocabulary in the JPaL Zoom room.

Chagigah means “celebration.” Our entire curriculum has been “gamified” and put online for students to access and engage with as they earn points and learning badges. Each week, students will meet for a 30 minute session (on Thursday afternoons at 4:30pm) celebrating all that they’ve learned and accomplished over the past week on

NACHSHONIM (6th-7th)

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

Ulpan is a Hebrew intensive program. The Ulpan program meets Monday evenings from 5-5:30pm. We use “Let’s Learn Hebrew Side-by-Side” and focus on Hebrew decoding and Jewish vocabulary. Students also meet one-on-one each week with their teacher.

Intensives meet on Thursday evenings from 5-5:30pm. 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 

September-November - Torah and Hafarah Trope with Cantor Norman
December-February - T’fillah (Prayer) with Rabbi David
March-May - Understanding Torah and Theology with Rabbi Litwak

The Beit Midrash at JPaL

Come hang out in the Beit Midrash (JPaL's online learning space) Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:30-5:00pm. Each day of the week brings a new way to connect. Bring a snack, earn points and badges as you work through, get homework help, see your friends! 

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.

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