Over the course of the year, each JEM (or class) develops a unique sense of camaraderie, as families regularly congregate together in community service, experience joyful communal Shabbat dinners and learn about the symbols and customs of Jewish holidays such as Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim and Passover during lively, engaging celebrations at the synagogue.  

 

In order to instill a sense of comfort and familiarity with communal prayer and synagogue life, JEM classes meet five times-a-year at the VOS sanctuary on the same day that they typically meet at the host home. In this way, students get to personally connect with Rabbi Li-Paz and Music Director Christopher Raymond while learning together with their broader community of peers in the synagogue.