The Annex Shul is pleased to propose the Uri (Awaken) Initiative, a holistic family education journey that empowers parents to move their families along an educational path at home and within the community. The Annex Shul nurtures an entrepreneurial and hands-on approach in which young Jews take an active role in shaping and creating their Jewish experience and community.
Following the momentum of the existing Annex Shul Family Programming- for young professionals with young families- the Shul Leadership Team is committed to developing the Uri Initiative which is modeled off of the Yerusha Initiative founded in Princeton, NJ. The program encompasses the 3 pillars of
1. Child focused learning,
2. Adult (parent) learning and
3. Community engagement.
The program itself embraces an integrated approach to learning with modules that have elements for parents and children to learn together and separately, and implement experientially into their home. Families graduate from one module to the next by meeting specific experiential learning objectives and implementation requirements. There is also a communal aspect wherein involved families meet on a regular basis to celebrate Shabbat and holidays in a meaningful way, engage in dynamic learning experiences, sing, explore and to pay tribute to one another’s’ accomplishments. Unlike other educational models, this honours the pace and readiness of the individual children and their family units and empowers the parents to move their family along the Jewish Journey.