Shalom from our Religious School Family!
At Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation – Emek Shalom, we offer a dynamic and engaging environment for Jewish learning. We believe Religious School education should provide the tools and information to allow students to feel capable and comfortable within a Jewish environment, as well as applicable and have impact on their behavior and decision making outside their Jewish community. We educate our children, in partnership with their families, to become knowledgeable practicing Jews. Our warm and intimate environment allows the nurturing and development of each and every child.
We are committed to providing a caring, supportive and joyous atmosphere where children learn to value their Jewish identity. We employ knowledgeable, loving teachers and madrachim who are committed to our students and to making Jewish learning fun and rewarding. Rabbi Bekah is actively involved throughout students’ entire Religious School education, including Bar/Bat Mitzvah training.
FVJC – Emek Shalom Religious School offers a quality educational experience that is diverse, creative and exciting. Just ask one of our students!
The Family Education Program under the auspices of the Religious School is designed to support and encourage families to find Jewish ways to increase knowledge of Judaica, increase community affiliation and help people of all ages find their own spiritual journey.
Family Education here at FVJC- Emek Shalom is an ongoing experience for our families, where parents are regularly invited to participate in activities, worship, and events. These events, led by our clergy team and teachers provide opportunities for families to learn and grow together, building their knowledge of Jewish rituals, observance, customs, values, and ethics. Our programs nurture a feeling of community within the congregation.
Director of Lifelong Learning, Alexis Aaeng
Alexis is responsible for overall management, staffing and coordinaion of our Religious School and youth programs as well as providing adult learning opportunities. She recently worked at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA as Communication and Educational Programs Fellow specializing in the social media and digital collections, as well as organizing and conducting workshops for both adults and children. She ran a three week in-residence learning program for teens and creates content for all of the Center’s social media platforms and developed workshops for students for the teachgreatjewishbooks.org. Alexis graduated magna cum laude in History at the University of Colorado at Boulder with majors in Jewish Studies and History and was valedictorian of Jewish Studies. At the University she was Vice Chair of the Jewish Studies Student Advisory Board, worked with with the Post Holocaust American Judaism Archive and served as Promotion Director and Social Media Coordinator of the University radio station.
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