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

This year, Steamboat's Har Mishpacha will be offering three tiers of Jewish educational programming for students in Kindergarten-7th grade. These groups are classified as Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. Classes are no cost to Har Mishpacha members. (There is a one-time workbook/magazine fee at the beginning of the year.)

 

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The Beginner Program...

The Beginner Program is geared toward K-2nd grade students. It 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.

 

Fall 2018 Schedule

  • Program Hours: 4 PM-5 PM at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs (downstairs classrooms)
    • Sunday, September 2nd
    • Sunday, September 16th
    • Sunday, September 30th
    • Sunday, October 14th
    • Sunday, October 28th
    • Sunday, November 11th
    • Sunday, December 2nd

Sunday, December 16thPlease contact Cindy Ruzicka at cindyruzicka@gmail.com to enroll in classes


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The Intermediate Program...

The Intermediate Program is designed for 3rd grade and older students who are brand new to Hebrew. This program focuses on an introduction and self-paced practice of Hebrew as well as age appropriate studies of Jewish values, prayers, and customs. This group meets every other Sunday, on the same Sundays as the Beginner group. The Intermediate program is taught by Cindy Ruzicka.

Fall 2018 Schedule

  • Program Hours: 4 PM-5 PM at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs (downstairs classrooms)
    • Sunday, September 2nd
    • Sunday, September 16th
    • Sunday, September 30th
    • Sunday, October 14th
    • Sunday, October 28th
    • Sunday, November 11th
    • Sunday, December 2nd
    • Sunday, December 16th

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


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The Advanced Program...

The Advanced Program is for students who participated in the Intermediate Program last year. These students will continue learning to read Hebrew and eventually apply these skills toward reading and chanting Hebrew prayers in preparation for a culminating Bar or Bat Mitzvah. This group meets every other Sunday, when the Intermediate and Beginner groups are NOT meeting. The Advanced Program is taught by Cindy Ruzicka.

Fall 2018 Schedule

  • Program Hours: 4 PM-5 PM at the United Methodist Church of Steamboat Springs (downstairs classrooms)
    • Sunday, September 9th
    • Sunday, September 23rd
    • Sunday, October 7th
    • Sunday, October 21st
    • Sunday, November 4th
    • Sunday, November 18th
    • Sunday, December 9th

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