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JEEP is CRJ's Jewish Education Engagement Program for Pre-K through sixth graders. The goal of JEEP is to provide Jewish education that is relevant and engaging, and isn't necessarily associated with the word "school." As such, we provide experiential, hands-on learning, sometimes even off-campus. We believe that Judaism is not limited to just the walls of CRJ and that one can be Jewish with pride anywhere!

Sunday gatherings are in-person from 9:30am-12:30pm.

Our "Tracks" on Sundays

Campus Track: On-Campus, most "traditional" days of learning.
*This track occurs the most often.

Pop-Up Track: We go to a destination off-campus.
*This track occurs at least twice during the academic year.

Family Track: Parents (and grandparents if they want) attend JEEP with their children.
*This track occurs at least twice during the academic year.

Topic Track: We go to a destination off-campus based on a particular topic.
*This track occurs at least twice during the academic year.

Interest Track: More toward the end of the year, this track lasts for numerous consecutive Sundays. When it is time for electives, instead of a whole grade going together to an elective (art, drama, and film-making), 3rd through 6th graders will instead get to choose the electives in which they will partake. For next year, we are hoping to integrate every grade into this program, because it provides the opportunity for students of all different grades to interact with one another, which is important for building community. Additionally, if enough students are interested in a music elective, we will add it as an option. During the final Interest Track Sunday session, each elective group will present a project to the entire school.

Retreats: These occur twice per year and JEEP students are required to attend at least one of them. One or both parents are required to attend as well. During COVID, they take place at CRJ from Friday evening to Saturday evening, with dinner, Shabbat, and a program for 1st through 6th graders on Friday evening. Families go home to sleep. Pre-K and K attend on Saturday morning from 9:30am-12:30pm, with snacks and lunch provided. 1st through 6th graders attend from 10:30am until the program concludes, with lunch, snacks, and dinner provided. Post-COVID, the plan is to have the retreats off-campus.

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Weekly Hebrew Tutoring

Instead of meeting at CRJ during the middle of the week, which can be overwhelming for students and families to manage, 3rd through 6th graders meet for one-on-one or small-group Hebrew tutoring, mostly on Zoom, unless requested to be in-person. You can read more about this part of JEEP in the Hebrew section lower down on this page.

about JEEP

 JEEP'S GUIDING VALUES

  • A positive Jewish identity is fundamental.
  • Jewish learning and study are joyful and lifetime pursuits.
  • Acts of g’milut chasadim (loving kindness) and tzedakah (justice) are a way of life.
  • The Torah is a source of our values and traditions.
  • The home and the family are central to Jewish education. The synagogue and families are partners in shaping the next generation of committed Jews.
  • Prayer is personal and communal; a way to connect to God and the Jewish people.
  • Jewish life has a rhythm: Shabbat and the holidays include personal, family, and community experiences.
  • Our personal and community ties to Israel are strong and everlasting.
  • Jewish arts and culture add meaning to our lives.

JUDAICS

  • A brand-new curriculum, which is innovative, experiential, developmentally appropriate, and based upon Social-Emotional Learning.
  • Learning is spiraled in such a way that students will revisit key content areas with increasing sophistication as they progress
  • A Parent Resource Center for follow-up learning at home.
  • Sunday mornings from 9:30am-12:30pm.  Each track reflects a different kind of learning modality and occurs during the academic year.

  • Children also participate in TARBOOT (culture) where students can explore Judaism through music, art, drama, cooking, and movie making

HEBREW

  • The learning of the Hebrew Aleph-Bet and core terms begins in Pre-K.
  • The goal is that by the time all students start studying for their Bar or Bat Mitzvah, they are able to read all prayers fluidly without transliteration.
  • Employing creative ways to integrate the meaning of prayers into students’ lives. The goal is for them not only to be able to read and chant the prayers, but also to understand the meaning behind them as well.
  • For 3rd through 6th graders, in addition to what Hebrew they learn on Sundays in-person, Hebrew is either taught individually or in small groups of no more than three based on Hebrew knowledge levels rather than by age. These lessons take place on Zoom or in-person with tutors during the week. Hebrew assessments take place at the beginning and end of the year. Progress reports are required after the first semester. If a 3rd through 6th grader enters JEEP at another time of the year, he/she must have an assessment with Cantor Bryce in order to be placed with the right Hebrew study buddy/buddies and tutor.
  • Hebrew is incorporated into lessons and activities on Sundays.

To find out about why Jewish Education must change, click here.
To find out more about the Social Emotional Learning in JEEP, click here.

JEEP Parent Handbook Learn more about JEEP

JEEP Calendar Our JEEP curriculum by Grade


2021-2022 TUITION 
Pre-K - 2nd Grade: $749
3rd - 6th Grade: $849
Financial assistance and/or scholarships is offered for those individuals and families in our community who wish to participate in school but are unable to afford the full fees. Please call Executive Director Michael Kancher at 407-645-0444 to privately discuss your needs. No child will be turned away from a Jewish education due to finances. 

NEW MEMBER SPECIAL: If you are new to Congregation of Reform Judaism, you are eligible to receive a FREE full membership to CRJ including: High Holy Days services, extensive social, educational and cultural programs, life cycle events and discounts to special events.
*Eligible to those who have never been a member or have not been a member since 2018.

If you have questions about tuition, finances, or registration, please contact Michael Kancher.

If you have questions about the JEEP Program in general, call the main office or email Cantor Bryce Megdal at bmegdal@crjorlando.org or Rabbi Steve Engel at swengel@crjorlando.org.

Registration

enrolling your child in JEEP

If you need assistance with the registration process, please call the main office [(407) 654-0444] and ask for Michael Kancher, CRJ's Executive Director.

1. You must be logged into your ShulCloud account.  

2. All CRJ Members automatically have an account and it's easy to log in and access your account. If you are new to CRJ, please complete a membership application first prior to registering your child for school.

How to login to your CRJ Account (skip this section if you are already logged in)

  1. In the upper right-hand corner click on “LOGIN”
  2. If this is your first-time logging in you will need to recover your email address
  3. Click “forgot password”
  4. The website will prompt you to enter your email address: ex. yourname@abc.com
  5. A link to reset your password will be sent to that email (as long as it matches the email CRJ has on file for you)
  6. Go back to www.crjorlando.org
  7. Login using your email and password you created

3. Once logged in, click here to enroll.

4. Choose the program you want to register for JEEP 20XX-20XX and click “CONTINUE.” 

5. Choose the appropriate grade for any children registering click “CONTINUE.”
Enrollment into programs is limited by grade. if you would like your child to be part of a different grade please contact Michael Kancher at mkancher@crjorlando.org.

6. Complete the appropriate registration form required and optional fields and click “CONTINUE.”

7. This will take you to the payment page, your registration is not complete until you hit “CONFIRM AND CONTINUE.”

Once your child (or children) is enrolled, you will receive a confirmation email.

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