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Jewish Journey / מסע Masa at BHA

At Beacon Hebrew Alliance, we believe that Judaism is a journey. We travel on a highway thousands of years long, and we use the traditions of our ancestors to guide our footsteps into tomorrow. We may journey together, but each of us is walking our own path. Every one of us carries some part of what our community needs to move forward. We call our learning program MASA (מסע) which means "journey" in Hebrew. 


Our programming at Masa is focused on the things students and families are interested in. Our goal is to help guide the children in our community towards engaged Jewish adulthood, and to lead the children towards being mensches.

This year, our focus is פנים אל פנים, לדור ודור (Panim al Panim, L’dor V’dor, which means “Face to Face, Generation to Generation.”) We will explore selections from פרקי אבות (Pirkei Avot, commonly known as “The Ethics of the Fathers.”) This is a section of the Talmud, and is a central piece of Jewish text. Many of the songs we sing at Masa are actually selections from Pirkei Avot: Lo Alecha hamlacha ligmor (It’s not up to you to finish the task), or Al Shlosha Devarim (On three things the world stands) are good examples!

We welcome members of the community to come share their own experiences with the Masa community. We will invite Grandfriends in the fall, and parents are always welcome to join us and see what we’re learning.

Grades K-2: Sundays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Grades 3-7 and B-Mitzvah: Sundays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm and Fridays 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

B-Mitzvah: Additional meetings will be scheduled on an individual basis.


MASA students in grades K-7 will meet on Sundays from 9:30am – 12:30pm. Most of the time, we learn through doing: by praying, singing, saying blessings, meditating, making art, and playing. We also learn more formally, by studying Hebrew, by discussing the year’s themes, and by listening to Torah and stories.

 Here is a sample schedule of our weekly gathering:


9:30-9:45: Modei Ani journaling. Students will reflect on relevant themes in words and images.

9:45-10:15: Davening. Students will use a variety of tools, from traditional songs and prayers to meditation, to connect to the world within and around them.

10:15-10:35: Exploratory activity.

10:35-11:10: Wash hands, snack, bentsch, and learn/discuss content (holidays, Torah, life cycle, stories)

11:10-11:40: A deeper dive into new content. Discussion/activity within age groups.

11:40-12:10: Hebrew reading and vocabulary practice using relevant Jewish texts.

12:10-12:30: Wrap up discussion and songs.

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Our older students (grades 3 – 7) will also meet on Fridays from 4:00 pm—6:00pm to experience the joys of reflecting on the previous week and welcoming in Shabbat through cooking, crafting, singing, engaging in meaningful discussions, and growing friendships. Older students will have the opportunity to prepare a short d'var Torah, and to learn to present Torah to other members of the community in other formats.

We’ll offer quiet space and snacks for students who’d like arrive early to do homework from 3:00 to 4:00. Here is a sampling of how we’ll spend our time:

  • 3:00-4:00: Students arrive, socialize, and have a snack.

  • 4:00-4:30: Conversational Hebrew and schmoozing.

  • 4:30-5:30: Project-based learning in mixed-age groups (crafting, cooking, drama, mindfulness, or other Jewish activities students propose).

Once a month, each group of students will be responsible for leading Mini Minyan, a Friday service for the younger members of our community.

  • 5:30-6:00: Mini Minyan. The Friday MASA students will lead a service for the younger members of our community.

  • 6:00-7:00 (optional): Community potluck. On the first three Fridays of the month, there will be a community-wide potluck. Please bring a vegetarian dish to share! MASA families are encouraged to host a potluck by providing grape juice and challah.

  • 7:00-8:30 (optional): Friday evening services. 

Services will begin at 7:00pm weekly and will rotate in form: Musical, Bina Chanting, Lab, and Conventional services.

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B-Mitzvah (Bar/Bat/Brit Mitzvah) Students: 

Our b-mitzvah students will meet on Fridays and Sundays along with the younger Masa students, and will also schedule independent meetings with Rabbi Brent, Cantor Ellen, and Julia. They will prepare to be active adult members of our community by learning more deeply about Torah and middot, by doing service projects, and by taking their first steps as adults in our community!

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Mon, August 3 2020 13 Av 5780