At Ramat Shalom, the Jewish journey does not end with the bar/bat mitzvah!
Ramat Shalom’s iSERVE Program is designed to foster teen involvement by providing our 8th-12th grade students with meaningful opportunities to help others and earn mandated and required service hours; engaging educational discussions on relevant issues; real life experiences that enable our teens to discover the satisfaction that comes with reciprocity and volunteerism; and inspiring moments of Jewish enrichment that will help strengthen our teens Jewish identity.
Our iSERVE Program meets twice a month on Wednesday evening. We follow a trimester format in order to provide flexibility, enabling teens with seasonal extracurricular activities to easily participate in any or all of the programming. Each eight-week trimester will focus on a specific Jewish subject and will combine educational and social action components, providing a more holistic and interactive approach to learning. The iSERVE Program will also incorporate an annual Activities Fair that will expose our teens to local and national programs and organizations that incorporate the values of iSERVE. The iSERVE Program is divided into an 8th grade group and a 9th-12th grade group. Our Rabbi and Cantor play a vital role in iSERVE and will be involved with our teens.
During the 2015-2016 school year, our first trimester will focus on Ma'akil R'evim, feeding the hungry, nourishing the body and soul, and healing. Collaborating agencies will include, but are not limited to MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger; Goodman Jewish Family Services; Craig's Pantry and WECARE Food Pantry.
The second trimester will focus on Klal Israel, the unity of the Jewish people with specific emphasis on Israel advocacy. Collaborating agencies will include, but are not limited to Step Up For Israel, StandWithUs, AIPAC, and Jewish Federation’s Shaliach. Participants will also act as Madrichim, teen leaders, in various supplementary religious schools’ activities.
The third trimester will focus on L'Olam Lo and ensure that the words "Never Again" really mean "Never Again". We will focus on Holocaust education and the rise of anti-Semitism throughout the world. Collaborating agencies will include but are not limited to Goodman Jewish Family Services: Café Europa, Adopt a Survivor; World Memory Project; Holocaust Documentation Center and The Jewish Agency.
Ramat Shalom policy and practices dictate inclusion of all types of learners into our educational programs. Ramat Shalom has always been and will continue to be an inclusive community and serve members with varying exceptionalities. Accommodations have been made for physically, emotionally and intellectually challenged individuals. We also welcome unaffiliated teens into our iSERVE Program.
For more information on iSERVE, please contact our Educational Director, Beth Michell, at 954-424-3164.