JCP Blog

Scales of Fortune – a Rosh Hashanah Game Show

Now that our year-long Maccabiah (Competition) has begun, we decided to get the ball rolling with a Rosh Hashanah-themed Game Show! Amazing learning took place in each of our classroom learning spaces. Then grades competed in a unique Game Show…

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Venturing into a New Year

The beginning of school marks a child’s first steps into community. With these steps come new friendships, new independence, and a burgeoning sense of belonging to something bigger than oneself.

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Opening Days of the Hebrew School Project (HSP)

I woke up on Monday morning and my first thought was, today is the first day of school! I can’t wait to meet the children and their parents and begin a year of joyful Jewish learning at HSP! Then, on…

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Teaching the Teachers

Hebrew School Project (HSP) teachers are a special group of people. Some of them teach during the day in our Early Childhood Center. Some of them go to college at Hunter or Barnard. Some of them are painters and musicians…

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Responding to Hurricane Harvey

We are thinking of all those in Houston and the Gulf Coast who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey:   We have collected resources for parents to help you have a conversation with a child who may be aware of…

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What Goes on over the Summer in a Dynamic Nonprofit Organization?

What goes on over the summer in a dynamic nonprofit organization? We have wondered that, too.  We are volunteers at a bustling downtown Jewish organization, Jewish Community Project Downtown (JCP).  Many of us have significant time off over the summer…

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5 Real-life Skills Your Child Will Learn in Hebrew School

JCP’s Hebrew School Project activates a child’s love to draw, sing, play, pretend, imagine, create, problem solve, and share while learning about Judaism and developing their own sense of Jewish identity. We also instill in them valuable life skills that will help…

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A Message in Response to the Events in Charlottesville

As the words of Torah were being chanted in Jewish communities across the country this weekend, white supremacists were chanting racist and anti-Semitic slogans as they converged on Charlottesville to “Unite the Right,” a rally that swiftly erupted in violence…

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The Experience

At JCP, experiential education is at the core of our educational philosophy, and the eclipse in just a few short weeks presents an opportunity for experiential education in its purest form. John Dewey, who popularized this philosophy, stressed the importance…

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