Omanut (visual art) is a new approach to Jewish learning for Grades 4-5 at Temple Beth Elohim (TBE) in Wellesley that launched in 2014. The program provides students with sophisticated and innovative learning experiences as they explore the intersection of their own creativity, Jewish learning, and the arts.
Omanut meets 12 times a year, from 1:45-4:15pm. Students also meet separately for two hours each week for small-group Hebrew learning. Omanut sessions are centered around three overarching lenses: The Space Around Us/ סביבנו, The Space Between Us/ בינינו, and The Space Within Us/ בתוכנו. These lenses frame the exploration of a range of Jewish ideas and texts drawn from the areas of Tefillah (prayer), Bible, Mitzvot (commandments), and Holidays.
Family involvement is an integral part of Omanut. Families join with students for two field trips per year and four family programs, and families will stay connected to their child’s learning through photo documentation/newsletters as well as through three opportunities for parents’ parallel learning.
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How arts-based learning can offer depth, meaning, and authenticity as students actively explore Jewish learning through a new lens.
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Check out a slide show of students participating in Omanut, TBE's art-based learning program
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