About Gateways’ Sunday Programs
At Gateways, every Jewish child can discover joy in the rituals of Judaism.
We offer supplementary Hebrew school programs for students with diverse learning needs ages 5-18.
Every Sunday, Gateways students enter a world of Jewish history, ritual, and experience tailored to their individual strengths and learning styles. Our students benefit from structured programming, individualized attention, and small class sizes as they learn about their heritage, holidays, symbols, Torah stories, Jewish values, and mitzvot (good deeds) through engaging with Jewish songs, literature, art and food.
The Gateways Sunday Program includes two tracks:
For Students ages 5-13
Supplementary Jewish Education is for Everyone
Torah, Avodah, and G’milut Chasadim at Gateways (TAGG) is an experiential, thematic Sunday Jewish education program. Our highly-trained educators use visual supports and differentiated instruction to present a multisensory curriculum that includes Jewish holidays, Torah stories, and Hebrew, as well as Jewish culture and traditions. Creative arts and music are included each week. All students receive one-to-one (or more) support from teen aides who receive ongoing training. All the while, students build meaningful relationships and participate in a compassionate and welcoming community.
Who Should Join TAGG?
Torah, Avodah and G’milut Chasadim at Gateways (TAGG) is ideal for students who benefit from strategies and supports typically not offered in a classic supplementary Jewish educational setting. Gateways students receive individualized attention in a small class environment that allows them to successfully access a formal Jewish education.
This program is best for students who are pre-b’nei mitzvah as well as those who are participating in Gateways’ Wednesday B’nei Mitzvah class.
Explore: A Typical Day at TAGG
Arrival: Teachers and teen volunteers welcome students to the program. Students view a prominently displayed visual schedule detailing what the day will entail. (Some students use the classroom schedule to create their own personalized visual schedule that they use to help them navigate the day.) Students participate in an arrival activity—such as drawing, a board game, brainteaser, or sensory activity—that previews the day’s themes and helps them transition into the program.
Opening Meeting: Teacher gather all students and their teen volunteer aides to review the day’s schedule and formally introduce the topic and themes. Instructors use visuals to explain concepts and to elicit students’ questions and responses.
Centers: Students and their teen volunteer aides participate in a variety of activities (including arts-and crafts, sensory exploration, and trivia games) that deepen understanding about the day’s focal topic and Jewish content. On some days, students rotate to stations where they engage with Jewish objects and practice Jewish rituals. Instructors introduce Jewish history, both Biblical and modern, through literature, art, and moving images.
Snack: Teachers and volunteers encourage students to socialize and build community as they enjoy a light and healthy snack. Volunteers support students in initiating positive social interactions and engaging one another in age-appropriate conversation.
Hebrew/Prayers: This portion of the schedule is individualized for each student, and Gateways offers an array of options for students to learn to read and recite prayers. Some students use our Hebrew Reading Program, others use a Sight Word Program, and we also use technology to enable non-verbal students to participate meaningfully in Jewish prayer.
Dismissal: The class comes together for a closing activity, during which students reflect on what they learned. Instructors use formal reflection tools to guide students through this activity, and each student’s teen volunteer shares the child’s reflections with parents/guardians during pick-up. Volunteers also relay any questions or information to and from families so that parents/guardians and Gateways’ program staff continue to remain in open communication.
TAGG is offered on Sundays 9:30-11:00am at Hebrew College in Newton, MA.
Mitzvah Mensches Learning Lab
For students ages 13-18
Social Action through Social Interaction
You worked hard on your bar/bat mitzvah, and you achieved your goal. Here’s where the fun begins! Now you get to decide what’s important to you and how you’ll make a difference. Join with other teens to experiment with making your unique contribution to the Jewish community!
Mitzvah Mensches Learning Lab focuses on social action through social interaction. In each session, you’ll build your Jewish identity by partnering 1:1 with a teen volunteer to further your Hebrew reading skills and your knowledge of prayer. Then you’ll come together as a group to learn about philanthropy and how it can be reflected in one—or a combination of—four ways: giving time, advocating for a cause, donating money, and/or contributing a product.
Over the course of the year, you’ll work with your groupmates to identify and select several causes to support. You’ll use your Jewish knowledge to decide on the best form of philanthropy for each specific situation.
Your interest drives the group’s choices, so every year is a totally new experience in the Learning Lab.
Mitzvah Mensches Learning Lab is offered on Sundays 12:00-1:30pm at Hebrew College in Newton, MA.
Enrollment and Financial Information
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Sunday Program Teen Volunteers
Gateways’ highly-selective Teen Volunteer Program accepts applications from April/May through mid-June. Learn more about our Teen Volunteer Program and find out how to apply.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Categories: Specialized Jewish Education Programs