Ohr Chayim Religious School

Ohr Chayim (Light of Our Lives) is BCC’s Family Education Program for children and their families.

All Ohr Chayim will be moving online next two Saturdays: March 28 and April 4

There is no Ohr Chayim this Shabbat — as a third Saturday, we were off already, and our teachers are going to use the time to rework on our learning plans for the next few weeks at least. We hope we’ll see you for the Zoom Shabbat service at 8pm this evening! (https://zoom.us/j/289992001 Meeting ID: 289 992 001, or via Facebook Live:  https://www.facebook.com/templebcc  )

As we practice physical distancing measures, we can strive to maintain social closeness and educational progress thanks to the wonders of modern technology!

Ohr Chayim will be moving online for at least our next two Saturdays: March 28 and April 4. (April 4 is also a Teen Track day, and we’ll invite our teens to join us online then as well!) Spring break would begin right after that; we will assess whether we can gather in-person after spring break as the broader situation continues to unfold.

For our virtual learning time, we will gather via Zoom call (the invitation link will arrive as its own email!) for approximately an hour: 25-30 minutes altogether, then we can divide into two “breakout” groups for Ohr Chayim learners and parent text study. I recommend setting up students on a computer or iPad, and parents call in on your phones or smaller devices, so the students can see the screen-shared learning-game materials on the largest available screen. (I’ll email out anything that would be handy to print out ahead of time as well! Tal and I are working out the details for how to continue playing our Dungeons & Dreidels Passover game online, and students might want to have a printout of their character sheets in-hand when they sit down to play.)

If you have any questions about the technology or getting everyone set up on Zoom before the 28th, don’t hesitate to ask — I’ll gladly walk you through getting two devices set up on Zoom ahead of time!

Our Hebrew tutoring sessions will continue as usual — we can continue extending those sessions to 20-30 minutes to make up for the reduced whole-class time. I’ll be in touch with each family directly about those logistics for your student(s) as needed!

Thank you for your understanding and patience through these uncertain times — let me know if you have any questions or if there’s anything the BCC or Ohr Chayim communities can do to help as we settle into new routines of connecting from our own couches and dining tables!

Upcoming Important Dates:
  • Saturday, March 28, 10:30 am: Ohr Chayim Virtual Learning via Zoom (link TBD)
  • Saturday, April 4, 10:30 am: Ohr Chayim + Teen Track Virtual Learning via Zoom (link TBD)
  • April 6-24: Spring Break

Thank you for joining Beth Chayim Chadashim’s Ohr Chayim Religious School.

Ohr Chayim is a mutually supportive Jewish learning environment that welcomes families with members of all sexual orientations, gender identities, races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, abilities and religious backgrounds. Interfaith families warmly welcomed. Temple membership is not required.

We meet at Beth Chayim Chadashim, 6090 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035. We gather to build community, learn Jewish prayers and gain familiarity with basic Hebrew, as well as Jewish text and tradition. We explore Jewish music, art and culture in all its global diversity.

We hold Jewish Holiday Paloozas to explore major events in the Jewish calendar with a fun and refreshing perspective. Ohr Chayim families are warmly welcomed to bring younger sisters/brothers/ siblings to all Paloozas. (Adult supervision required.)

For more details, contact BCC Director of Education Rae Antonoff Portnoy

Download the 2019-20 Ohr Chayim/Teen Track Calendar

Click here to see Ohr Chayim’s past events.

Click here for Baby Kibbutz registration. See our past Baby Kibbutz activities here.