Jewish Living and Learning—Peulot Point Program
At Bet Am Shalom, we recognize that some of the most powerful Jewish learning takes place outside of the classroom, often while we are together as a family. Jewish learning happens while attending services, delivering Purim baskets, welcoming neighbors, celebrating Shabbat at home, and reading a book on a Jewish topic. To encourage this kind of learning and to accommodate families' busy schedules, we have created a system in which our families can customize the learning for our children.
Each student in Kitah Gimmel through Kitah Vav (Grade 3 through Grade 6) is required to earn SIX Peulot Points every trimester, 18 points a year. Participating in an activity equals one point. The trimesters are: September—November, December—February, and March—June.
Service attendance acquaints our students with the melodies and texts of the worship service. There is often a high correlation between a child’s comfort with Hebrew and his/her attendance at services. Families who attend regulary find they develop closer connections to the community and enjoy the meaningful experience of our service. Attendance, including once a month, can have a strong impact on the way a family experiences Jewish life.
At least 9 peulot points per year must be earned by attending services on holidays and Shabbat. Shabbat services are held on Friday night (Kabbalat Shabbat) and Shabbat morning. Please ensure your child has attended both Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services.
The other 9 points per year must be earned by Jewish experiences, including participating in BAS community and youth programs, celebrating Jewish holidays at home, attending Jewish life cycle events, reading Jewish books, doing community service, and visiting a Jewish museum. New for 2015-2016: one of these points must be earned by attending a Family Shabbat dinner at BAS, which will be held on 10/2/15, 12/4/15, 2/5/16, 4/8/16, 6/3/16.
Students record their peulot points on the chart in their binder and attached below. Parents should help their children keep track of their peulot points, and teachers utilize the charts to integrate the students’ Jewish experiences outside of class into the classroom experience.
Go to our Torah La'am and family calendar to see the many opportunities for Jewish experiences.
If you have any questions or would like guidance on engaging in BAS services and programs, please contact our Education Director, Abby Reiken, eddirector [at] betamshalom [dot] org or 946-8851.