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Be well!Rabbi David
Welcome to Kulanu!
Thank you for trusting us with your children and for continuing the learning that will help our students find a Judaism that is theirs. We strive to provide a meaningful and challenging journey for each student. We do this through dialog, discovery, and exploration, so that every student begins to establish their own personal Jewish identity as a foundation for the rest of their lives.
Rabbi Burstein's Monthly Message
Over the past years Kulanu has been working toward creating an intentional community.What does that mean? It means when you enter the doors of Kulanu you will be part of a caring and attentive community . It affects the way we eat, the way we talk ,the way we engage with our fellow students and how our teachers teach. It is four congregations working together to honor each other’s traditions and practices. Kulanu is translated as ”All of us “ It is not just a an educational experience it is a culture based in Jewish text and spiritual life lessons. It is Torah study and yoga. It is sitting one on one with a local rabbi and being able to feel heard and appreciated. It is students teaching with guidance from their teachers. It is praying as a community and challenging what it means to be Jewish. It is remembering that being Jewish is how we share meals, how we help each other succeed ,how we care for those in our extended community who need our support.
At Kulanu we intentionally try to live our name in everything we do and in every interaction we have. The health and welfare of all our people is of primary importance. . Why this focus on wellness? Because like many communities around the country, we are facing a crisis amongst teens today. In addition to almost immediate access to an abundance of (sometimes overwhelming) information, teens today are trying to navigate their way through a time in their life that is full of significant pressures, changes, choices, and challenges. Our students are looking for positive places where they can let down their guard and relax. Our students are trying to find something that is sacred and safe, in the midst of the tumultuous world in which they live and they can find it in a Jewish space.
Our curriculum includes classes on yoga and meditation, stress management and mindfulness, We weave Torah and text into relevant lessons about life, love, intimacy, and the truths inherent to being a Jewish teen.
And so like the Mishkan of our tradition, we open our doors and arms to our teens, to their gifts and appreciate them for who they are and who they are becoming. We gather and share a communal family style dinner and serve each other. We listen to each other’s voices and let them chart their own paths.
Our teachers serve as guides. Our goal at Kulanuis to uncover the Judaism that has been living inside these teens all along. The seeds planted by excellent religious schools, tended by youth advisors, educators, caring rabbis and parents will now begin to bloom in our garden. They reach toward the sunlight and we watch over them – marveling at their unique and vibrant colors. And so we gather each Sunday night and listen to each other and learn and love the people they are becoming. To teach teenagers is a sacred calling. We realize this and honor this every Sunday.
Be well!Rabbi David