Judaic Education Magnet

    OUR MISSION The mission of the Har Sinai Congregation Judaic Education Magnet is to provide an education for our children that will help them develop a strong and positive Jewish identity. We hope to instill in the children a sense of spirituality and a bond to the Jewish people and Israel through the study of Torah,… Read more

    History

    Founded on May 15, 1842, Har Sinai Congregation is the oldest continuously Reform Jewish Congregation in the United States. During its first year, regular services were conducted at the home of Moses Hutzler on Exeter Street and Eastern Avenue in Baltimore. Abram Hutzler, who had become a bar mitzvah in a temporary meeting-place, describes Har… Read more

    Mission Statement

    Har Sinai Congregation is a dynamic, caring community that honors our Jewish tradition to continue the covenant while empowering members to explore relationships with God, Torah and the world around us.

    Judaica & Gift Shop

    Jud Shop

    WRJ Sisterhood’s Judaica & Gift Shop is an elegant shop right here at Har Sinai. Open on Sundays during Judaic Education Magnet. Summer hours at your convenience. Contact Margery- 410-486-8581, Paula- 410-404-4171 or Nadine- 410-484-1392.

Har Sinai Congregation

Founded on May 15, 1842, Har Sinai Congregation is the oldest continuously Reform Jewish Congregation in the United States.
During its first year, regular services were conducted at the home of Moses Hutzler on Exeter Street and Eastern Avenue in Baltimore.
Sermons:
A Reform Rabbi’s Thoughts on the 2015 Elections in Israel

Let me start off by stating that I am happy to discuss this conversation on AIPAC and the recent elections in Israel following our service this evening. I will be right here happy to speak with you after we finish our worship service. Secondly, I am working with what information we know for the moment,… Read more

YK Morning – It’s Time to Put on our Israel Jerseys

When I lived in Israel during my days in the seminary; aside from Ulpan, classes in Zionist history, Mishnah, liturgy, tiyyulim – trips throughout the countryside, I took time to participate in a burgeoning new fixation called Fantasy Football. This took place in our computer lab, as Wi-Fi though in existence by then, was not… Read more

Erev Rosh Hashana – Can We See God at Camden Yards

With the Orioles on the cusp of the playoffs, for the second time in three years, Baltimore has once again become a Baseball town. True some of you are diehard fans and have stuck with them through thick and thin, but for the most part, Baltimore, over the past decade or so, moved on and became a Ravens town.

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Judaic Education Magnet

Judaic Education Magnet @ Har Sinai Congregation, A Community of Jewish Learning and Leadership (JEM)
Why do we…? Why don’t we…? Why did …. happen?
“Why” drives a lot of our daily lives. Sometimes we have answers, sometimes we don’t, yet the curiosity that motivates our students enables them to engage with these questions on a whole different level. As we help our children develop critical thinking skills, we look to our tradition to inform our present, and future.
Our approach to Jewish education is hands-on, minds-on, hearts open. Balancing innovation and tradition, we combine 21st century learning tools and modern living with ancient texts and tradition. Together we’ll explore the many facets of Judaism. Here, it is not only a right to question, it is a responsibility.

Early Elementary Program ~ K-2 Our Builders
Grades 3 – 5 ~ Cooperative Learning
Middle School ~ 6 – 7 Education in Action
Avanim Progam

Our Avanim program (jewels) serves students with a variety of developmental delays. With a certified Special Education instructor, the curriculum is tailored for each student, with his or her strengths in mind.

Life after B’nai Mitzvah
Beginning in Grade 8, as Madrichim-in-Training (MITs), teens learn positive discipline, lesson planning and classroom management, in order to serve in classrooms and specialty areas as teaching assistants. Beginning in Grade 9, the madrichim choose their assignments. Teens may gain community service hours and funds, banked toward Jewish youth activities such as camp and trips. Our teens continue their learning by participating in our Quad community Hebrew High School, BEIT-RJ, the Baltimore Educational Initiative for Teens of Reform Judaism. The diverse program includes our Congregational Confirmation class, geared toward Grade 10, hallmarks of which are study with Rabbi Sharff, Cantor Gerber and Jo-Ellen Unger, as well as our heritage trip to New York City.

Our Director of Congregational Learning, Jo-Ellen Unger, is beginning her fourth year at Har Sinai. She has spent more than 25 years in the field of Jewish Education with an expertise in blending formal and informal experiences. Jo-Ellen is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Religious Education at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion.