Dear Pardes Parents:
My name is Talia Mugg and I am very excited to be the new Director of Pardes, Worcester's Community Hebrew School.
I grew up in Tel-Aviv Israel, served in the Israeli army as an administrator in the Tel-Hashomer Hospital, went to Tel-Aviv University (Levinskey) where I received my degree and my certification in Education, and came to the United states in 1992.I have been teaching Hebrew and Judaic studies to students of all ages, in various settings in the Worcester area since 1994. I have also been a mentor and a teacher to Jewish educators in the United States and Israel.
What I have learned most from my life in Israel, and through observation of the many lines which separate our traditions, is that at the heart of each of us, we are all part of the Jewish family. Whether we observe every law to the letter, or whether we revise ancient tradition, it is our choice to do so. Yet at the core, prayer is prayer, regardless of the hour chosen to recite it by rote or speak it directly from the heart. We are one people, just as there is one G-d.
One of my many goals as the new director is to educate the students to become proficient in the skills needed to be life-long Jewish learners. This goal can be achieved by creating a welcoming, inclusive and nurturing environment for our students and their families, one that also honors individual traditions and enhances Jewish pluralism.
Pardes offers a unique pluralistic approach to education. Our students will be able to develop a level of comfort with diverse Jewish practices as they learn about customs, rituals, and traditions through a spiraled curriculum in which students revisit key content areas with increased sophistication as they progress through the years. The ten key content areas are: Community, Culture and Symbols, God, Hebrew and Prayer, Israel, Jewish History, Jewish Holidays, Jewish Lifecycle Events, Mitzvot and Jewish Values, and Tanach (Torah, Prophets, and Writings). The Mitkadem Hebrew language curriculum will be taught intensively in order to provide students a foundation for participation in services and an understanding of written and spoken Hebrew.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. More information about schedules, curriculum and staffing will be available soon.
Office: 508-756-1543 Ext 28
Cantor Kim Singer
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