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The Louis B. Silver Religious School’s mission is to develop each student’s life-long commitment to Judaism.  With over 120 students, LBSRS represents a range of Jewish observance and identities for children Pre K through 12th grade.  An energetic USY and Kadima program help to broaden our Jewish teens experiences in the eyes of your children.

Click here to register for the 2021-2022 year.


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A Message About the 2021-22 School Year: Looking Forward to Seeing You In Person!!

We successfully concluded another LBSRS Year unlike any other- online! Its success was only made possible thanks to our wonderful faculty, madrichim (teachers’ assistants), and families - all of you! I want to give a special shout out to the families who joined PJTC and LBSRS DURING the pandemic and still built wonderful relationships!

As county restrictions continue to loosen, we are expecting to be back in person (more on that below) for the coming school year! We will maintain our exciting, immersive, student-centered, and student-driven curriculum while adjusting to being back in the building. The Religious School Committee, along with the PJTC Safety and Security Task Force and our staff, are helping to create our own guidelines to ensure all students and their families feel safe on campus.

When does LBSRS meet?

  • Sundays IN PERSON, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm in grade level classrooms for ALL GRADES
  • Tuesdays ONLINE, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm for Kitah Gimel (3rd Grade) – Kitah Zayin (7th Grade)
  • Sundays are subject to change based on county and PJTC guidelines

What are the current LBSRS safety guidelines?

  • Students and faculty will wear masks at all times, except for during designated snack time at designated areas
  • Individually wrapped snacks will be available for purchase for $1.00 (half of the proceeds will go to tzedakah!); only DAIRY and PAREVE snacks may be brought from home - no meat.
  • Please note: we will not be selling bagels in the morning until further notice; make sure your child has eaten breakfast before they arrive on campus!

What is the curriculum?

  • All grades use the ShalomLearning values-based curriculum for Judaics and Kitah Aleph – Kitah Zayin use the Torah Aura prayer-based curriculum for Hebrew learning during class hours
  • In addition to ShalomLearning and Torah Aura, faculty will incorporate explorations of Jewish holidays, current events and how they relate to Jewish values, Israel education, Israeli dance, and music
  • All students are encouraged and incentivized to earn tagim, badges, on their own. Students earning the most badges will be able to win prizes and classes with the most participation will earn prizes as well! Full information can be found here.

Will there be opportunities for parent education?

  • You bet! Our senior staff will ensure that there are myriad opportunities for parent-centered learning during LBSRS hours and beyond! Stay tuned to your email for dates/topics.
  • Do you have burning questions about Judaism? We can create a one-off discussion/series of classes for you! Let me know what’s on your mind: rabbiaimee@pjtc.net.

As we learned over the past year and a half, no matter what structure is in place, our children benefit from continuing to develop their Jewish identities and engaging in their community. As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me with any questions or concerns. We look forward to another successful year of LBSRS with you.

L’shalom,

Rabbi Aimee

 


Rabbi Aimee Gerace, our  Louis B. Silver Religious School Education Director

Rabbi Gerace received her BA in Jewish Studies and Spanish Language from Tulane University in New Orleans where she was named the Elizabeth and Fritz Krauss Outstanding Student in Jewish Studies. She began working extensively with Jewish youth in Los Angeles as an early childhood educator and youth advisor before attending Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion where she was a Mandel Fellow, received her MA in Jewish Education in 2011 and then her rabbinic ordination in 2013. She is an alumna of both the American Jewish University Teaching Israel Fellow and the M2 Institute for Experiential Jewish Education Senior Educators Cohort.

Rabbi Gerace began serving as PJTC’s education director in 2017 and has enjoyed sharing and enacting her vision for Jewish education with the community. Although there are many wonderful things about being education director, one of Rabbi Gerace’s favorites is deepening connections with parents and helping them feel confident enough in their own Jewish identities to be role models for their children. If she’s not in her office, Rabbi Gerace is either eating bagels in the parking lot with other parents or doing Israeli Dance in Wohlmann.

A native of the San Fernando Valley, Rabbi Gerace has made Los Angeles her home along with her husband Marco, their son (and B’nai Simcha student) Carson, their daughter Amalia, and their two cats. When she’s not challenging the norms and objectives of Jewish education, she finds great pleasure in her kitchen seasoning chili with hot sauce, experimenting with her Instant Pot, walking around the neighborhood with her family.

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Sat, September 25 2021 19 Tishrei 5782