Every Jewish Child Deserves A Jewish Education...

 

OUR Teachers

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CINDY RUDZICKA

I have been an active member of Har Mishpacha since I moved to Steamboat Springs in 1992.  Having grown up in a reformed synagogue, I instantly felt a connection to the thoughtful and open-minded people who launched this congregation.  Within a few years, I began teaching an introduction to Jewish studies to elementary-aged Jewish youth in town.  The class sizes were always small but the sense of community, identity, and connection to heritage was strong. As a certified and practicing elementary and middle school teacher, my Jewish studies lessons focus on engagement and construction of personal meaning of Jewish holidays, customs, foods, and history.  As the demand for classes for students in Kindergarten through Bar/Bat Mitzvah age increased, I now share the teaching responsibilities with Sari Davidson, with Sari teaching the K-2 students and myself teaching the 3-4 and 5-7 groups.  I studied Hebrew in college and completed a semester abroad at Tel Aviv University so I feel very comfortable and capable of teaching studies Hebrew language acquisition. In addition to teaching "Sunday School", I have led Jewish outreach programs at Casey's Pond senior living center as well as The Foundry addiction rehabilitation facility.  Teaching my own daughters as well as many Jewish children in the community has been a weekly mitzvah for me for decades.

 

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SARI DAVIDSON

I have been an active member of Har Mishpacha since 2012 when I enrolled my kindergarten-aged daughter in Cindy Ruzicka’s Introduction to Jewish Studies Class. I have been a Board Member of Har Mishpacha since 2016. Our family loved the sense of community that we felt once we joined Har Mishpacha’s Religious School. I began teaching the Introduction to Jewish Studies class when the demand for classes in the Kindergarten through Bar/ Bat Mitzvah age increased and Cindy was no longer able to meet the demand by herself. I have a MA in Counseling Psychology, an MA in Expressive Arts Therapy, and I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Colorado and California. I have a great deal of experience planning and facilitating curriculum for school aged children. My Expressive Arts background helps me to bring a creative approach to teaching the students about their Jewish heritage, culture, holidays, and torah stories. I studied Hebrew in College and led a six week tour to Israel for American and Newly Immigrated Russian Teens after graduating college.  I also spent four plus months training in modern dance on a kibbutz in Israel. In addition to teaching  “Sunday School”, I am the director of Music Together Steamboat which provides music education for children 0-5 and their caregivers. I am also contracted by Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp to teach creative movement in 2nd grade classrooms at Hayden Elementary School as part of a grant they received to increase arts education in rural school districts. I love teaching the Introduction to Jewish Studies in Steamboat and have worked hard to offer our families a sense of connection by planning and implementing different holiday gatherings as well as Havdalah services in addition to the regular Religious School offerings.


OUR PROGRAM

Steamboat’s Har Mishpacha offers two tiers of Jewish educational programming for students in Kindergarten – 7th grade.  Classes are no cost to Har Mishpacha members.  (There is a one-time workbook fee at the beginning of the year.)

 

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What we teach...

The K-2nd grade program focuses on Jewish identity, history, and community.  Students learn about Jewish holidays, symbols, introductory prayers, and a variety of customs and traditions.  This group meets every other Sunday. The K-2nd grade program is taught by Sari Davidson.

 

Spring 2018 Schedule

  • Program Hours: 4 PM-5 PM at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs (downstairs classrooms)
    • Sunday, March 12th
    • Sunday, March 26th
    • Sunday, April 9th
    • Sunday, April 30th
    • Sunday, May 7th
    • Sunday, May 14th

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What we teach...

The 3rd-7th grade program focuses on a self-paced Hebrew learning curriculum. Students learn to decode Hebrew, read and chant Hebrew prayers, and prepare for a culminating Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This group meets every Sunday.  The 4th-7th grade program is taught by Cindy Ruzicka.

Spring 2018 Schedule

  • Program Hours: 4 PM-5 PM at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs (downstairs classrooms)
    • Sunday, March 12th
    • Sunday, March 19th
    • Sunday, March 26th
    • Sunday, April 2nd
    • Sunday, April 9th
    • Sunday, April 16th
    • Sunday, April 30th
    • Sunday, May 7th
    • Sunday, May 14th

Please contact Cindy Ruzicka at cindyruzicka@gmail.com to enroll in classes


school Donations...

In order to enhance our program, we are seeking Judaic items to be donated by members of our congregation for use with both classes. Following is our wish list of items that we are hoping to acquire:

  • A Torah
  • An Israeli Flag
  • A Havdalah set
  • Different types of Mezuzahs
  • A Tallit
  • Teffilan
  • Shabbat candle holders
  • A Kiddush Cup
  • Varied types of Tzedakah boxes
  • Varied Shofars
  • Varied Yamukahs
  • A Hallah cover

Much have I learned from my teachers, more from my colleagues, but most from my students.
— Quote from Talmud