METRO WEST INTER-SYNAGOGUE YOUTH TOGETHER
Get to know teens from 7 synagogues in Framingham, Sudbury, and Wayland as we share fun, learning, and social action over the course of the year. Our first program takes place on Sunday, October 28th at Honey Pot Orchards in Stowe. We will introduce ourselves to one another, do the Corn Maze, sing some Jewish songs, learn about Tikkun Olam (Improving the World) and end with a bonfire and smores. A total of 7 events are planned; we will be back together on December 9th for a celebration of Chaunkkah and a social action activity, time and location TBA.
S.T.O.P. (Students Together Opposing Prejudice)
S.T.O.P. is a seven-week curriculum, targeted to middle school students. The 1.5 hour sessions take place in the participating houses of worship, including synagogues, churches, and mosques. Through short teachings on each faith students learn about the similarities and differences among the faith traditions so they can appreciate and respect the faith of others. They learn that racial unity comes about through recognition of the value of every individual and the celebrating of every person’s uniqueness, and gain first-hand experience with the richness of diversity in our communities.
Activities each session include skits, videos, games and small group discussions facilitated by older teens that have been in S.T.O.P. since Middle School. The goals are is to increase the participants’ awareness of their own uniqueness and the uniqueness of the other participants as well as to help them identify and respond to stereotypes and prejudice when they see it. Adult advisors are present at each session and lead the large group activities.
The kick-off session for this year’s STOP program take places at KS on October 15, 2018. This year's program dates are: 10/15/2018, Kick off at Kerem Shalom, Sessions: 1/2/2019, 1/9/2019, 1/30/2019, 2/6/2019, 2/13/2019, 2/27/2019, 3/13/2019, 3/27/2019, with 3/6/2019 as a make-up day if needed.
JEWISH ISSUES GO TO THE MOVIES
8-classes: Day One: We will view images of Jews from several films and consider how each of us frames their approach to being a Jew. On days 2-8, we will view both "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (Woody Allen), and "A Serious Man" (Joel and Ethan Coen) in full. Each class will include discussion of the religious and philosophical issues raised in what we have seen. Please note, both these movies contain provocative and adult content. Parents with questions should contact Fredda Hamilton, Director of Education.