In the MUS, our Jewish life programming is student driven and student focused. A student committee, led by Rebecca Datnow, brainstorms, creates, plans, and implements the programming with guidance from the Jewish Life Coordinator. Students are responsible for every aspect of programming and put in hours of work for each activity.
Jewish holiday programming in the MUS consists of three main components: education, experience, and reflection. Educational aspects will be present in all Jewish holiday programming for the MUS. According to M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education, “Experiential Jewish Education is the deliberate infusion of Jewish values into memorable and engaging experiences that impact the formation of Jewish identity.” With this in mind, our holiday experiences will be infused with Jewish values. In addition, experiences facilitate engagement in both the individual programs and the learning aspects of said program. A reflective piece will be included either as part of the program or as a means to gain feedback to improve future programming. Education, experience, and reflection all work together to better promote Jewish identity formation and a sense of community through shared experiences of our MUS students.
Yamim Noraim (Ten Days of Awe)
Education: Rosh Hashanah Jeopardy
Students will be broken up into teams that will compete against each other with the goal of creating candied apples.
Experience: In the fashion of a master chef competition, students will earn points, by correctly answering trivia questions, to buy the ingredients needed to create the candied apples.
Education: Yamim Noraim are a time of teshuva.
Reflection: Students reflect on their past year and think about what they want to focus on this year in order to improve.
Students will write confessions of times they have missed the mark.
Students will write letters to their future selves about what they want to improve.