Limudim (studies) is a program designed to connect IKAR’s children and families to Judaism and the world through a stimulating, interactive and inspiring Jewish learning experience consistent with the vision and spirit of IKAR.
At Limudim, our mission is two-fold. We aim to:
- Create literate, knowledgeable and committed Jews rooted in the belief that liturgy and Torah can be engaging and stimulating.
- Enable our students and their families to love Judaism and experience the joy of Jewish living.
Our learning objectives
- Jewish literacy
- Love of/connection to Jewish community and tradition
- Social responsibility (both within and beyond the Jewish community)
- Personal spiritual growth
The Spirit of Our Program
At Limudim, we value every student, every parent, every teacher and every moment. We know that each person has a story and is on a journey, and we take seriously our responsibility to help each individual discover relevance and meaning within our tradition. At the same time, we believe that prayer and learning in a kehillah kedoshah, a holy community, can be soulful, inspiring, and profoundly impactful, and so we learn immersed in a caring and vibrant community.
We promote a culture of both honoring and challenging the tradition. We believe that open questioning is vital and that every generation has a new set of questions. We encourage critical thinking and debate and hope to together uncover innovative new paths to God, Torah, and a Jewish life of purpose. At the same time, we hope to instill a sense of love, commitment, obligation and responsibility to the Jewish people and to the larger world. We engage thoughtfully and seriously in the important questions facing us as Jews and as human beings.
At Limudim, we seek to create lifelong learners of our children and their parents. To this end, family education is integral to our program and the Limudim parents become not only partners in their child’s Jewish education but learners themselves, wrestling with the tradition and nurturing their spirits.
Our program is designed to teach Jewish life as it is lived, giving students and their parents the knowledge and practical skills to translate learning into living. We meet on Shabbat, helping families feel the rhythm of the Jewish week, and establish their own Shabbat routine and practice.
We believe in the power of experiential learning. Our families learn about davening, traditional Jewish prayer, by spending Shabbat week after week in a community of dynamic and vibrant prayer. They learn about the holidays by kashering kitchens for Passover, participating in a Tu B’Shevat seder and working for social change in our Purim Justice Carnival. They learn about social justice and tikkun olam (repairing the world) through study, advocacy and action on behalf of local and global causes.
Limudim has brought the spirit of IKAR to our children, blending social justice with spiritual depth and helping students connect to Judaism and the world. Our community is creative, spiritual, and egalitarian, welcoming people of diverse backgrounds, affiliations and lifestyles. We look forward to meeting your family and joining you on your Jewish journey.
Our Limudim program exists in two tracks: our primary Tuesday/Saturday track (Track 1) and our new pilot of family and home based learning (Track 2). Both tracks are based on our broad strokes curriculum, and both tracks also include a Shabbat component, learning with the family, social justice and service learning, Hebrew, holiday experiences and extra special milestone moments.
- Individualized Hebrew Instruction: 4-6 students to a Hebrew group, and opportunities for one-on-one tutoring
- Electives such as music, art, drama, dance and extra special electives with members of the IKAR community
- Tuesday Unit Structure: Each class will have a series of units and a celebration at the end of each unit
- Saturday Experiential Education: Infuse our study of Torah and holidays with the best practices of camp and experiential education – read our blog here.
- Teachers specialize in their subject matter, whether it be Hebrew, experiential education, or a part of the Limudim Judaics curriculum
- Social Justice Sundays for the whole family to engage in service learning
Track 1 Schedule
We primarily follow the LAUSD calendar and are also closed on Jewish holidays.
Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Saturdays, 9:15am-12:15pm, optional Tuesday program from 4:00pm-6:00pm
Saturdays, 9:15am-12:15pm and Tuesdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Before Winter Break: Saturdays, 9:15am-12:15pm and Tuesdays, 4:00pm-6:00pm
After Winter Break: Tuesdays 4:00pm-7:00pm
Track 2 (Family Learning Program – available to 3rd-6th graders)
The Family Learning Program (FLP) is an innovative alternative to our traditional Limudim track. FLP brings together a core group of families as they discover and celebrate the cycle of the Jewish year in an intimate community setting. Experiential learning which is led by Jewish educators and IKAR clergy, will take place in family homes and at IKAR throughout the year. Through Shabbat and holiday experiences, and weekly Torah study, families will find a multitude of ways to integrate Jewish traditions and values into their everyday lives.
If you are thinking about choosing the FLP option for your family, please contact Emily Kruskol, Assistant Director of Education, before registering for this option. She can be reached at (323) 634-1870 x116 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Visit the Family Learning Program blog.
FLP families will be expected to participate in:
- FLP Shabbat & Holiday programs twice per month
- Family Torah study for 1 hour/week (either independently or with others in FLP on Google+)
- FLP Torah Blog every week
- Creating 1 d’var Torah (Torah commentary) as a family
- Joining the IKAR community for the kids-only Limudim Shabbaton, the Community Shabbaton, 2 additional Friday night services and 4 additional Shabbat morning services
Optional Book Club For Parents Only:
Throughout the year, the parents in FLP will have the option of participating in our FLP Book Club. Every Saturday afternoon during the children’s program, the parents will have the opportunity to study The Sabbath by Abraham Joshua Heschel. Parents participating in the book are asked to read 1-2 chapters of the book in preparation for discussion with one of our staff members.
In addition, 3rd – 6th grade students will:
- Option A: (recommended) Attend Limudim on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00 pm to study Hebrew and Judaics with their grade, and an additional 30 minutes of small group Hebrew tutoring from 3:30-4:00 pm or 6:00-6:30 pm at IKAR.
- Option B: Study Hebrew and Judaics with a private tutor for 1.25 hours per week. A list of approved tutors and the curriculum will be provided. Tutoring can take place individually or in small groups.
Family Track Registration:
Option A: Family programs and Tuesday Limudim classes – $2800
Option B: Family programs and private tutoring (family pays for private tutoring separately) – $2300
For more information or to inquire about financial aid please contact Emily Kruskol, Assistant Director of Education at (323)634-1870 x116 or email@example.com. To inquire about financial aid at IKAR, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I just wanted to tell you all what a wonderful time my children are having at Limudim! Our son was sick yesterday and was really disappointed that he couldn’t go to Hebrew school. He says he LOVES going– loves his teacher, loves his class, loves what they’re doing there. And our daughter comes home bubbly and excited to tell us what she has learned in class. She is proud of what’s she’s learning in class, feels nurtured, and is having fun!
-SusanThe Congo discussion, and Andrew’s plan for this study unit, is superb. He’s a wonderful, inspired teacher — what a great way to bring Torah study, and the mission of Ikar, to life, and into the classroom. And what an important & timely issue for our kids, and their families, to be wrestling with. Kudos.-Tony
Watching the slideshow, I was again reminded why we make the schlep from Burbank twice a week to IKAR (or at least we try our best to!) – and I am grateful for all you do to enliven Jewish education and make it interactive, experiential, relevant to today and even cool.
I am so happy, beyond words, about the fact that my children love Limudim. I hated Hebrew School, the schedule, the kids, the work. My children love Limudim. I am happy for them and astounded with myself for actually doing something right.
Follow Limudim on Facebook.If you are interested in learning more about Limudim, please call the Limudim office at (323) 634-1870 x3 or email Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal at email@example.com.Limudim will not turn any child away due to financial constraints, thanks in large part to generosity of the Marlene Horowitz Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donate to the fund by clicking here.