185 N Mountain Ave
Ashland, OR 97520
Social Action and Ecology Based Bar and Bat Mitzvah Program
At the Havurah Synagogue
September 16, 2017
The Havurah Synagogue’s Wisdom Garden school is opening on Saturday, September 16. The program provides s a hands-on pre-teen educational program culminating in a bar or bat mitzvah for participants. The program’s curriculum is based on making the world a better place. Children learn Jewish values and ethics that offer guidance in the stewardship of the earth, social action, and encourages the cultivation of connection to spirituality.
Amy Rhine, the primary teacher, is a Waldorf teacher who lives with her husband and toddler on a mountain homestead raising a dairy goat herd as well as their own food. Amy participated last year in the Wilderness Torah Teacher Training Institute in the SF Bay Area and now hosts the students on her land, bridging wilderness skills with Jewish teachings, three times during the school year.
Rabbi David Zaslow, spiritual leader of the Havurah Synagogue teaches prayer, while Ayala Zonnenschein shares her love of the Hebrew language in ways that are fun and engaging. Rabbi Zaslow says, “this is a unique program that teaches the future generation about the interconnection between religion, nature, and social activism.
The program culminates with the transformational coming-of-age ritual of the bar or mat mitzvah. Ayala Zonnenschein, Executive Director of the Havurah, says, “Our school offers an intimate experience where children connect to their Jewish roots in a way that is meaningful, builds self-esteem and prepares them to engage in the world around them with integrity.”
Please call 541-488-7716 for more information. The Havurah Synagogue is located in Ashland, OR.