To Our JRC Religious School Families
Greetings!

As we look towards the fall, we would love nothing more than to see all of you back in the building. As Jewish educators we are motivated by the talmudic statement that reads “the world exists because of the learning of school children,” and as Jews, and as your friends and neighbors, we are bound to make Pikuach Nefesh, the preservation of life and health, our top priority. Therefore, after spending the summer consulting weekly with the JRC Covid-19 Task Force made up of senior staff, clergy, board members, and medical professionals, we have determined that holding in person classes in our building at this time is not in the best interest of our students, staff, and community. 

We have developed a plan that provides a meaningful, productive, and safe path forward during these times. The program outlined below provides quality learning that meets our educational goals of a participatory, life-relevant, and fun experience that helps learners thrive, feel connected to Judaism, and community. 

Until it is safe to return to our building, students will learn online with their teachers and friends, in both classes and small groups. This program will not resemble what you experienced last spring, as we have spent the summer crafting a remote program that we think you and your child will love. There will be virtual tours, activity kits, book groups, cooking opportunities, trivia, games, and more!

While we are implementing this online model, we leave open the possibility of some in-person meeting times for grade levels and special events because we understand the importance of social connection and the mental health benefits of gathering when possible. These decisions will be made in consultation with the JRC board, the Covid-19 Task Force, the teachers, and you (the parents). There is no timeline for this, as we will be evaluating how public schools are handling their openings, how safety procedures are being executed, and how our local area is doing with the virus in general. 

All plans continue to evolve, and we will evaluate and make changes as necessary and as realities on the ground emerge and change. 

Please see below for our flyer outlining the schedule for PreK - 7th grades, explaining elements of our curriculum, highlights and more.

For those families with post B'nai Mitzvah students in 8th - 12th grades, stay tuned for further communications in the coming weeks regarding details for your programming.

Please don’t hesitate to be in touch with me should you have any questions or concerns at assistantrabbi@jrc-evanston.org

B’Shalom,
Rabbi David Eber
Assistant Rabbi for Education
Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation