Rabbi-Educator's Message: June 2014

Rabbi Joe Eiduson
Joe Eiduson, Rabbi-Educator

From Our Rabbi Educator

This past November, we began a process we call Congregation B’nai Shalom for the 21st Century (CBS21). CBS21 is an 18–24 month process guided by lay leadership and staff, intended to create and implement new models of Jewish learning for our school, youth, and parent community. We began the year with an examination of our educational experiences using “demo days” and parent meetings as our vehicles for listening to and reflecting upon parent and student experiences in our school. Many thanks to those parents who took time to attend our conversations and for the valuable feedback offered. We benefitted from your experiences and insights, and these thoughts and ideas will assist us tremendously in our next steps.
This informative work will lead to a vision of what learning could look like if our hopes are realized. Our CBS21 task force will be focusing on three areas of program and education in our school: Early Childhood (PK–2), Elementary Education (Grades 3–6), and Parent Learning. In the months to come, our task force and subcommittees will create a vision of learning, and following the publication of the vision, we will move into a design phase to build the programs and structures to implement this vision. Throughout the process, we will actively seek input and feedback from the B’nai Shalom community. There is a great deal of enthusiasm over the possibilities this new endeavor offers, and we are all excited to continue our work.
Have a healthy, happy summer and we’ll see you in the fall!

Rabbi Joe Eiduson