New Ideas for the New Year at KI

Kenneseth Israel Launches E-Learning Hebrew Program for Elementary School Students.

BLUE BELL — Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel (KI) Blue Bell is marking both the Jewish New Year and the new start of the school year by introducing an initiative that will take learning to the next level. KI’s e-Learning Hebrew program is one of the area’s first online programs for elementary age religious school students.  Combining both in-class and online instruction, students will acquire a broader understanding and appreciation of Hebrew and their heritage.  Enrollment for the program is now in progress.

According to Rabbi Kevin Kleinman,

“We are very excited about the launch of this program, which will supplement KI’s one-day-a-week classroom program. By meeting with their instructors and peers in a classroom once each week, and then connecting with their teachers from home for Hebrew e-learning, students can include their families in the learning process as they explore and interpret prayers and study Hebrew.”

More after the jump.

Virtual Learning – Not Your Parent’s Hebrew School

KI’s new Hebrew e-learning curriculum combines traditional classroom instruction with an exciting new platform that allows elementary school-aged students to gain a greater appreciation for Tefillah (Jewish prayers) by using technology to interpret and explore their meanings and significance.

The core components of the e-Learning Hebrew Program include:

  • Required weekly Skype sessions with the student and his/her Hebrew teacher
  • Online projects that encourage students to demonstrate their mastery of concepts using video, glogs (digital posters) and multi-media presentations.
  • The virtual Tefillah created by students and their families will be saved to enhance communal worship and the child’s B’nai Mitzvah project.
  • Access to innovative technologies to enhance conversational Hebrew skills in fun and creative ways.

Rabbi Kleinman emphasizes,

“We are treading on new ground, but we believe the program will contribute greatly to the learning experience as well as draw students and their families together as they embark on this adventure in learning.”

About KI Blue Bell

Keneseth Israel was founded in 1847 to meet the needs of the growing Jewish population in the Philadelphia area. Over the next 158 years the congregation grew and its members spread out over Montgomery County. Due to the migration of members to the Blue Bell area, KI opened a second campus in Blue Bell in 2005. The congregation currently leases space from St. John Lutheran Church at 1802 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell. KI-Blue Bell offers monthly family-friendly Shabbat services, an engaging religious school accredited by the Reform Movement’s National Association of Temple Educators, and enriching educational and social programs.  

For information on enrolling in KI Religious School or participating in any of the many upcoming family events at KI Blue Bell, call 215-887-8700 or visit our website.


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