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Be well!Rabbi David
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Welcome to Kulanu!
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.
Our goal for each student upon reaching the summit of their graduation is to head out into the world clear, strong, invested and articulate about who s/he is as a Jew.
Rabbi Burstein's Monthly Message
Over the past four years Kulanu has been working toward creating an intentional community. Through active engagement with our students, families, teachers and board members, we strive to honor the “all of us” who come together on Sunday
evenings. We have chosen books to study as a community, including books on mindfulness in the classroom, Jewish meditation, lovingkindness, the neuroscience of the teenage brain, and relationship-based teaching.
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. We recently returned from a weekend retreat that included students, parents, teacher and board members. 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, and even one course this year just called “Happiness”. 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 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 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