Welcome to a brand new way to experience Jewish learning and community! Havayah: A Jewish Community Experience is designed especially for 5th graders in congregations around Greater Philadelphia. Congregations that participate in this unique initiative use a shared curriculum for twelve weeks and come together for three mifgashim (gatherings) during the year. Read more about Havayah below:

What do students learn and experience?

The 5th grade Havayah theme is “Sacred Space and Sacred Time.” Students explore what sacredness means and how to create sacred moments in their own lives. Through Project-Based Learning, a methodology that puts the students in charge of their own learning, they create tangible projects that demonstrate sacredness from their own lives. In the past students have created projects about anything from summer camp to the Super Bowl!

Three times during the year, all of the Havayah students come together at the mifgashim for a shared learning experience where they get to see each other’s projects and learn from one another.

When does Havayah happen?

Havayah takes place during two different “Havayah times.” 5th graders spend about 45 minutes of their regular program in project-based and experiential learning. 3 Sundays of the year, the 5th graders meet with the other Philadelphia congregations participating in experiential learning programs, where they share their projects and meet kids from other local congregations. This year, the mifgashim will take place on:

  • Oct 14, 2018
  • Jan 27, 2019
  • Apr 7, 2019

Buses to the mifgashim will be provided for students. Please contact your congregation for more information.

Which congregations are in Havayah?

How was Havayah developed?

Havayah is the result of listening to students, parents, and Jewish professionals to learn what each most desired from jewish educational experiences. Hosted through summits and focus groups, we learned that kids wanted to have more say over their own Jewish experiences, were looking for help in identifying their Judaism outside of their synagogue experiences, and wanted to build relationships with other Jewish kids from the area. In partnership with Gratz College and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, we developed Havayah to put students in charge of their own learning, help them to see their Judaism beyond the walls of their synagogues, and introduce Jewish kids from all over the community to one another.

Havayah: a Jewish Community Experience is generously funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia.

For more information about getting involved with Havayah contact Lori Rubin, Chief Program Officer.

The hands-on, project-based curriculum has encouraged creativity and thoughtfulness and has generated excitement and pride in their projects!”