Photos by Mendy Piekarski
The class works on the Aleph Bet Workbooks, as they master the Hebrew language.
As the school year began, Rabbi Mendy and his wife, Chana Piekarski launched a new and innovative after-school program at Chabad of Topanga. The program is titled “Bringing it Home: Making Judaism Come Alive Through Experiential and Interactive Learning.”
Over the past year, Rabbi Mendy and Chana have been teaching and creating curricula for Hebrew schools in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, and are excited to bring their experience to the Topanga community. “Bringing it Home” is scaffolded to cater to each student within three age groups: K-2, 3-5, and 6-7.
The curriculum has been designed to be taught through a diverse set of mediums, including drama, STEM, and stop-motion animation. The curriculum is comprised of six units that focus on integrative lessons that are learned from each of the Jewish holidays. Lessons come alive as students learn empathy, respect, and integrity among other life skills while exploring the Jewish holidays.