Chabad of Loudoun County will open JUDA, a Hebrew School which will explore Judaism through the arts, at the ION International Training Center in Leesburg.
Students will learn about their heritage through Hebrew reading, writing, Jewish history, Mitzvot, Israel, holidays and other topics. It is meant to be a hands-on, fun and happy environment to embrace their Jewish roots and gain a sense of Jewish pride, no matter their level of observance or affiliation, according to a press release from Chabad of Loudoun County.
“It’s crucial to instill our children with Jewish pride while they are young, because how they feel about their heritage is going to really determine what they do as adults with Judaism,” stated Yehudis Cohen, who co-directs Chabad of Loudoun County with her husband Rabbi Chaim Cohen. “If they have a positive, loving, warm, fun experience, they’re going to want to remain engaged Jewishly. For many, this program will offer a first taste of Jewish learning in a creative, joyful, hands-on and interesting way.”
“The hands-on learning style encourages the children to be active rather than passive learners,” stated Rabbi Chaim Cohen “JUDA’s underlying approach is for the children to enjoy the time spent at Hebrew School so that they are left with positive experiences and a greater appreciation for Jewish education and Jewish life.”
Registration for JUDA is open for the upcoming 2021-2022 year. JUDA will take place on Sunday mornings from 10 a.m. to noon, and will serve ages 2-10.