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Kulam

Kulam Hebrew High School Curriculum

Kulam: In It Together

A plug-and-play program that promotes shleimut (individual wellbeing), hesed (connection), and tzedek (just action) for Jewish high school students.

Kulam (meaning “Everyone,”) is a program that offers a series of approximately 1-hour, experiential, curricular sessions designed for Jewish educators to use in a regular Hebrew High setting. Each hour features dialogue prompts, games, Jewish texts, and other activities that focus on a specific area of social-emotional learning that resonates with teens and helps them learn to relate to and communicate with one another.

Our new Kulam program equips Jewish teens to engage in dynamic and authentic relationships in order to:

  • think reflectively,
  • act courageously,
  • develop healthy and caring communities.

In this program, Jewish teens ask big questions about where, why and how they belong while exploring issues of identity, equity, and justice with Jewish wisdom as a guide.

Year 1 Pilot Participants said:

I like how the curriculum made participants ask, ‘Where do I belong and why do I belong?’

Kulam allowed the teens to communicate and express opinions about topics that were uncomfortable.

Especially this year, as teens continue to emerge from the effects of the pandemic and their narrowed social circles, this program will help teens to reconnect with each other in brave, safe spaces that foster open and honest discussions.

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Teens will experience a sense of belonging and feel connected to their Jewish community.
  2. Teens will have fun in a Jewish space with other Jewish teens
  3. Teens will feel connected to Jewish wisdom
  4. Teens will actively participate and share their thoughts with the group.
  5. Teens will reflect on their identities
  6. Teens will feel equipped to develop healthy relationships
  7. Teens will be inspired to make a positive difference in their communities
  8. Teens will gain insight into current social issues in the world around them.

Kulam Curricular Outline

Partner Application

Facilitator Training

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FAQs

Who is this program for? 

The Kulam curriculum is ideally for any 8th-10th graders of all genders. Single-grade classes are certainly easier to handle, though we have seen partners pilot this program successfully in multi-grade classrooms.

How does the Kulam curriculum work? 

We are launching phase two of our pilot in the 2021-2022 school year and plan on having 15 sessions available for our partners. We ask that partners use a minimum of nine sessions. These sessions are themed around three concentric circles: Me/The Self, Relationships/Family and Community/World.

What do I have to do as a pilot partner? 

Moving Traditions is a research-based organization. As we head into phase 2 of piloting this program we are eager to gather your feedback about the curriculum, the flow of the sessions and your experience.  We ask that at least one person from each partner site takes part in the following: Attend training, complete evaluations about individual sessions, attend a mid-year educator check-in, complete an end of year educator evaluation, Attend an end of year educator check-in.

Is there a training for this program?

Yes. Read more about our Kulam training.

How much does the program cost? 

Please contact your Moving Traditions staff person to discuss pricing.

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