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MATCH (Mishpacha at Temple Chaverim) is a series of family educational workshops. Throughout the year, parents and students come together for joint learning and participatory activities. Each workshop provides our students and families an opportunity to discover something new about our Jewish heritage in an engaging and creative way. A trip to the Holocaust Resource Center at Temple Judea, an exploration of a Jewish wedding ceremony and an investigation of our ancestors helps to enhance our understanding of the curriculum and gives families a chance to interact with one another, as well.
Our Kindergarten, First and Second grade classes meet once each week. Using the Jewish holidays as our guide, they explore Israel, mitzvot, Hebrew letters and Jewish identity through art, music and stories. They participate in school wide holiday celebrations and one family service during the year.
Our third, fourth and seventh grade students also attend Religious School once a week, while our fifth and sixth graders attend twice a week. We offer a departmentalized program made up of two periods: a period of Hebrew/prayer study and a period of Judaic study. Tefillah (prayer assembly), music, art programs and holiday celebrations are integral components of our curriculum. Once a year, each grade participates in one Friday evening "Shabbat Experience" which includes a traditional Shabbat dinner followed by an informal Shabbat service and the whole family is welcome to attend.
Jewish education has been a part of Debbye Brandell’s life for the past 25 years, and for 12 of them she has served Temple Chaverim as its Education Director. With her energy, vision, and dedication, she has been instrumental in developing the Religious School from a one day a week program to the innovative Religious School now in place.
Before coming to Temple Chaverim, she was a teacher in several Long Island synagogues both in the religious schools and nursery schools, and was instrumental in developing special education programs. "Planning and preparing a Bar Mitzvah for a student with Down’s syndrome was a heartfelt moment that I will never forget", she said.
Debbye began her religious education in the Hebrew Schools at the Jewish Center of Kew Garden Hills and at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. She was a part of the first cohort of SAJES 2 year program, the Principal’s Leadership Institute and the Leadership Institute for Congregational School Principals. She received a Masters Degree in Education from Dowling College.
Israel is very close to Debbye’s life spanning back to the 1970’s when she worked on Kibbutz K’far Blum for a month. She celebrated her son’s Bar Mitzvah on Masada, and was mostly recently a member of SAJES trip Tech and Teva where Israel and environmental education were the themes.
Debbye lives with her husband Hal and is the proud mother of Matt, Rebecca & Deena.