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Masa: It's About the Journey

Being Jewish is not a destination: It’s a series of lived experiences. It’s the moments in time when we can dip into a 3000-year-old toolbox of wisdom, rituals and liturgy to create meaning in our everyday lives. Masa, meaning journey, is our way at BHA of opening the toolbox for our future generations; providing the signposts; guidelines, maps and tools to equip our families for the Jewish journey of today and the future.

After a challenging and unprecedented pandemic year, we’re excited to be returning to in-person experiences with some of the greatest lessons and opportunities that the pandemic gifted us. There’s something for everyone, as we seek to bring the most soulful, meaningful, experiential, embodied and impactful Jewish learning experience to young humans of all ages.

We refer to NYS and CDC recommendations for COVID-19 prevention protocol and will gather outdoors when weather and activities permit.  Children 12 and older must be vaccinated for COVID-19 to participate in Masa, please provide proof of vaccination when enrolling.

 

THE MASA LEARNING PASS

Open to BHA Members, for $1800 per child, for the full school year includes:

  • Your choice of Ma’agalim (weekly electives) per trimester. Sign up for one or more, each is approximately an hour long and meets once per week with one of our teachers including Cantor Ellen and Rabbi Brent.
  • A full year of online Hebrew learning, scheduled at your convenience and at your child's learning level.  Each session is approximately 30 minutes per week in small groups with other Masa students.
  • Three Sunday Havayot, half-day outdoor camp-style experiences, including Tefilah (prayer). We'll schedule these on Sundays throughout the school year.
  • Weekly Friday Kehillah meeting Fridays from 4pm-6PM throughout the school year.

Financial assistance is availible upon request with enrollment.  

Register for the Masa Learning Pass

 

MA'AGALIM: JEWISH LEARNING CIRCLES

Like the unique flames that shine out of every candle, every soul is unique in how we learn, connect and create. The book of Proverbs tells us to “educate a child according to their path” - each in the unique way that their soul connects to the teachings and to the world. 

We call our Masa electives a Ma'agal (plural: Ma'agalim), or Jewish Learning Circles.   This year, we’ll be offering five Ma'agalim for various age groups, across nature, art, storytelling and music. You’ll have the option to sign up for one, two or as many Ma'agalim as you like - each weekly meeting (ranging from 45-90 minutes) offers a different modality for accessing Jewish wisdom and tradition; bringing together like-minded learners and unique opportunities to explore and create.

HaTeva Nature Ma'agal with Rabbi Brent

In the ancient Hebrew tradition of gematria - numerology, the word “Elohim” God is equivalent with “HaTeva” - nature. Spend time outdoors, learn important backcountry skills, and spend time understanding God through nature, and learning Torah through our bodies. Our Masa group includes twice-yearly camping trips and weekly adventures in the forest; and our backyard group incorporates storytelling, songs and embodied learning and games around the campfire and in the yard.

  • Rabbi Brent’s Forest Tribes (Grades 4-7), Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:30 pm (full-year requirement):  Wander the woods, learn essential outdoor skills, and discover the wisdom of the Twelve Tribes of Israel with Rabbi Brent. Includes weekend camping trips at the beginning and end of the year.
  • Fall Trimester: Rabbi Brent’s Backyard (Grades K-3), Thursdays, 4:00 - 4:45 pm Gather in Rabbi Brent’s backyard for stories, songs and games around the campfire.
  • Winter Trimester: Rabbi Brent’s Backyard (Grades K-3), Thursdays, 4:00 - 4:45 pm Gather in Rabbi Brent’s backyard for stories, songs and games around the campfire.
  • Spring Trimester: Rabbi Brent’s Backyard (Grades K-3), Thursdays, 4:00 - 4:45 pm Gather in Rabbi Brent’s backyard for stories, songs and games around the campfire.

Tefillah v’Niggun Music and Prayer Ma'agal with Cantor Ellen

We love to sing, learn new prayers and approaches to Jewish song and prayer. Come together in community for group singing and learning Jewish history, themes and Hebrew words with Cantor Ellen; culminating with performances for aged care facilities at the end of each trimester.

  • Fall Trimester: Jewish Songs from Around the World (Grades 3-7) Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm Explore songs from different Jewish communities around the globe, learning fascinating history and beautiful tunes that showcase all the different kinds of Jews - and music! - there are.
  • Winter Trimester: Singing Hebrew Vocab (Grades 3-7) Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 Practice reading (transliterations also available) and expand your vocabulary with fun and simple songs in Hebrew, from the prayerbook to modern day Israel.
  • Spring Trimester: Jewish Justice Jingles from the Tanach (Grades 3-7) Wednesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 Discover all the best catchphrases from the Tanach (Bible) that teach us how to do social justice, through songs that will become our mantras, and jingles for living our best lives.

Storytelling and Torah Ma'agal with Education Director Rishe Groner

  • Fall Trimester: All Questions, No Answers (Grades 4*-7) Mondays; 4:00 - 5:15 pm: Join in the Jewish traditional way of thinking through asking the big questions… and recognizing that there are a lot of possible answers! *Note: Third graders are welcome to join the class on a case-by-case basis, please discuss with Rishe (rishe@beaconhebrewalliance.org) before registration.
  • Winter Trimester: Fantasy Torah: Magic in the Midrash Creative Storytelling Workshop  (all ages, parallel tracks for age groups) Mondays 4:00 - 5:15 pm: Discover the magical mysteries of our tradition by exploring Jewish texts; and creating our own art through visual, digital and written media. 
  • Spring Trimester: Jewish Mystics at the Movies (Grades 4*-7) Mondays 4:00 - 5:15 pm: Learn Jewish spiritual concepts from Hasidism and Kabbalah through exploring popular kids’ movies from Moana to Frozen 2. *Note: Third graders are welcome to join the class on a case-by-case basis, please discuss with Rishe (rishe@beaconhebrewalliance.org) before registration.

Create-Your-Own Judaica Ma'agal with Julia Alexander

  • Fall Trimester: The Jewish Ritual Kit (Grades K-3) Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm: Create your own sacred objects for Shabbat and your own daily spiritual practices at home, through a variety of art and craft media.
  • Winter Trimester: The Jewish Ritual Kit (Grades K-3) Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm: Create your own sacred objects for Shabbat and your own daily spiritual practices at home, through a variety of art and craft media.
  • Spring Trimester: The Jewish Ritual Kit (Grades K-3)Tuesdays, 4:00 - 5:00 pm: Create your own sacred objects for Shabbat and your own daily spiritual practices at home, through a variety of art and craft media.

Register for the Masa Learning Pass

 

ONLINE HEBREW LEARNING

Learning to speak and understand Hebrew is a process that can take years; but grounding ourselves with great Hebrew reading skills can happen in a matter of months! We’re excited to be collaborating with leaders in Online Jewish Learning to custom-tailor small groups for Hebrew reading learning with expert teachers and interactive online tools.

Includes one 30-minute session weekly, online, with flexible schedules, with some homework expected. Upon registration, you’ll receive a link to your child’s personalized intake form. Classes will be organized based on Hebrew reading level and schedule availability.

Hebrew reading is strongly encouraged for grades K-2; and required for all students Grades 3 and up who are anticipating B. Mitzvah.

Register for the Masa Learning Pass

 

INTRODUCING… SUNDAY HAVAYAH

Havayah - experience, being, and the Divine name. Being Jewish is a living and breathing experience that takes place everywhere - in the body, outside and in community. At Masa, we’re bringing together all ages for a half-day outdoor camp-style experience, including Tefilah (prayer); unique Jewish learning workshops; music and singing; and time to be together as a community in nature.

Ages: Open to all ages - K - 7th grade; with parallel tracks and age groups.

Dates: 

Register for the Masa Learning Pass

 

FRIDAY KEHILLAH

Kehillah means “community”, and this is our weekly chance to come together in a social environment at BHA. We will meet Fridays from 4pm-6PM throughout the school year; parents have an opportunity to study in Rabbi Brent’s Friday adult ed class.  Featuring Mitzvah Labs, a chance to explore Jewish ritual and holidays following the theme of each Hebrew month; with parallel tracks for arts and crafts; drama and storytelling; and Jewish texts and discussion, working together and rotating across age groups.

Following Mitzvah Lab, we’ll gather for Mini Minyan, discovering different modes of prayer for a family-style Kabbalat Shabbat; explore Parsha Play with our Masa Leaders; and reconvene with the community for candlelighting, Kiddush and a potluck dinner.

Ages: Kindergarten - 7th grade (Preschoolers are welcome for Mini Minyan with parent supervision).

Included with Masa; open to non-members with a $36 suggested donation per family.

Register for the Masa Learning Pass

 

MASA CALENDAR

Sun

Mon

Tues

Wed

Thurs

Fri

Fall, Winter & Spring Havaya Experiences, 10am - 2pm

*Teen Programming, TBA

Storytelling & Torah with Education Director Rishe Groner (Grades 4*-7), 4:00 - 5:15 pm

Create-Your-Own Judaica with Julia Alexander (Grades K-3), 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Rabbi Brent’s Forest Tribes (Grades 4-7), 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Tefillah v'Niggun (Music and Prayer) with Cantor Ellen (Grades 3-7), 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Rabbi Brent’s Backyard (Grades K-3), 4:00 - 4:45 pm

Kehillah: A Community Gathering (Grades K-7), 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Mini-Minyan, all ages welcome, Pre-K with parents 5:30-6:00PM

Visit our Calendar to view the full Masa schedule.

The Jewish holidays are early relative to the American calendar this year, and we are eager to get to know our Masa family, while recognizing that there will be some fragmentation because of the Jewish holidays.

So, we’re opening up most of our programming for the month of Tishrei (essentially, September) for members and non-members; Masa and non-Masa students alike; to come and get to know us as we prepare for the year together.

Tishrei Holiday Season Events:

Tuesday, Sept 7: Days of Awe: Rosh Hashanah Day I, Morning Family Service 9:30AM Registration for in-person service mandatory

Wednesday, Sept 8: Tachlich on the Hudson-Afternoon Children’s Shofar Blowing BHA Members only, registration for in-person service mandatory

Thursday, September 16: Days of Awe: Yom Kippur Family Service 9:30AM Registration for in-person service mandatory

Friday, September 24: Sukkot Kehillah 4PM 

Monday, evening September 27: Simchat Torah Dance Spectacular

Friday, October 1: Kehillah: Bereshit! In the Beginning…. 4PM

Visit our Calendar to view the full Masa schedule.

 

Fall Trimester: Sunday, October 3, 2021 – Sunday, December 12, 2021

Sunday, October 10: Havayah Fall Experience

Sunday, November 21 – Saturday, November 27: Thanksgiving Break, No Masa or Kehillah

November 28: Chanukah Begins, usual Masa schedule with Chanukah-themed celebrations

Friday December 3: Kehillah Chanukah Party

Thursday, December 23 – Saturday,  January 1: Winter Break

 

Winter Trimester: Monday, January 3, 2022 - Sunday, March 20, 2022

Sunday, January 16 – Havayah Tu Bishvat in the Woods

Monday, February 14 -Friday, February 18: Midwinter break

March 16 - 17: Family Purim Celebrations

Sunday, March 20 - Purim Carnival More info to come

 

Spring Trimester: Monday, March 21, 2022-Friday, June 4, 2022

Sunday, April 3: Havayah Pre-Passover Spectacular

Friday, April 8: Pre-Passover Kehillah

Monday, April 11 –Friday, April 22: Spring Break and Passover Break

June 4 - 6: Shavuot

Visit our Calendar to view the full Masa schedule.

 

B-Mitzvah

For more information about our B-mitzvah program for students in 7th grade, please contact our Education Director, Rishe Groner at rishe@beaconhebrewalliance.org.

 

 

MASA BLOG

 

Mon, October 18 2021 12 Cheshvan 5782